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Is anyone making you blush this Valentine’s Day? Here’s four of our SWA winning pinks for a perfect Valentine’s Day… and their food matches too!

Goring Estate, Goring Rosé NV, West Sussex, England (£28.88 Hallgarten & Novum Wines)

This earned abundant praise – and a Gold medal – for its ‘complex, elegant notes of toasted bread, cranberry and violet, with a refreshing, vibrant, creamy mousse’, according to D&D’s Diana Rollan. Team leader Carlos Ferreira spoke highly of its ‘beautiful floral nose with toasted nuts and stone fruit, with a palate that is very persistent, with good acidity and a long finish’, which led him to declare this ‘perfect with a starter of oysters or cured salmon’.

Food pairing: oysters or cured salmon.


Akarua, Brut Rosé NV, Central Otago, New Zealand (£17.48 Liberty Wines)

‘Classic rosé,’ began consultant Emanuel Pesqueira, who spoke highly of this Gold Lister’s ‘great balance and fine intensity’, before declaring it ‘a great food wine’. Team leader Lionel Periner, meanwhile, described it as ‘elegant and aromatic, with cooked red fruit crumble notes and a spring flower element too, with a good body and a long finish’. The combination meant it would be ‘good with new season lamb’, suggested The Harrow at Little Bedwyn’s Sue Jones.

Food pairing: new season lamb.


Clos Cabriere, Pierre Jourdan, Belle Rose 2017, Western Cape, South Africa (£11.43 Hard to Find Wines)

Team leader Laurent Richet MS was taken with this Gold winner’s ‘lovely light pink colour, with rich flavours of peach, tangerine and the red berries and blossoms of summer on an elegant palate’, while Gymkhana Restaurant’s Valentin Radosav found notes of ‘delicate citrus, green apple and tarragon’. Finding it ‘fresh and crisp, with nice acidity and a gentle sparkle’, Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam imagined it would be ‘a good pairing with salmon’.

Food pairing: sushi/sashimi, ceviche tacos, raw fish.


Taittinger, Nocturne Rosé, Sec NV, Champagne, France (£32.59 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

This remarkable rosé took Gold for its ‘richness and creaminess, with good weight and balance’, according to an impressed Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, while Quentin Loisel of Restaurant Sat Bains praised its ‘great depth, with violet notes and lots of ripe red fruit, along with some candied blueberries’. Raphael Thierry of Street XO felt that its ‘savoury and sweet complexity’ led to ‘a fresh, clean finish’, while consultant Ian Howard concluded that it was ‘very well made!’.

Food pairing: raspberry tart, fruit salad.