grapevine; SAM WYLIE-HARRIS thinks pink ahead of Valentine's Day and recommends pretty bouquets for your loved one.
FIFTY SHADES OF ROSE WITH Valentine's Day falling on a Saturday and the hottest film of the year - Fifty Shades Of Grey - coming to the big screen on February 13, there couldn't be a better time for a sparkling rose Provencal pink or sophisticated red to spark romance - and passion. Here's my pick of the bunch: The picturesque Loire Valley produces some lovely bubbly and fresh styles from Saumur such as Abesse Cremant De Loire Rose 2012, France (PS12.99, www.laithwaites.co.uk) - made the traditional way, it can be beautifully expressive and offers excellent value.
Made from cabernet franc grapes, it has a floral, fresh berry nose with a creamy palate and a fruit-filled freshness on the finish.
A classy choice for the lady of the house, Royal Warrant holders GH Mumm is the official supplier to Her Majesty the Queen and for an easydrinking rose, you can't go wrong with a bottle of GH Mumm Cordon Rouge Rose, France (PS33.59 from PS41.99, now until March 17, Waitrose). A deep peachy pink with raspberry aromas, vibrant red fruits and a slight tartness on the flourish of a finish.
A sexy creation from Moet & Chandon, their limited edition 'Unfurl The Tie' Rose Imperial Champagne, France (PS110, www.selfridges.com, available end of January) comes in a stylish rounded case which pirouettes open to reveal a bottle of their rose, with a 'Toasting Tie' stand that holds two delicately stemmed, footless champagne flutes.
Cited by Decanter magazine as 'the perfect Provence Rose', once you've poured a glass of Chateau Coussin Rose 2013, Cotes de Provence, France (PS13, Oddbins) you won't take much convincing that this wine is going to be utterly delicious.
The colour is a pale, baby pink, the bouquet is rose and strawberry scented which leads to passion fruit and pink grapefruit flavours with an underlying minerality that adds freshness and elegance.
This salmon pink rose from Chateau d'Esclans enjoys a cult following and to tap into a Riviera lifestyle, Whispering Angel 2013, Cotes de Provence Rose, France (PS15.99, gift box PS4.95, www.31dover.com), right, is heaven sent.
The same Chateau produces Garrus - the world's most expensive still rose - but with cupids on the label to channel your love and attraction, this seductive wine speaks the language of love.
With delicate red fruits and nuances of strawberry and peach on the graceful finish, there's enough interest to keep you coming back for more.