Love it or hate it, you just can’t escape Valentine’s Day. The universal day of love is around the corner and it’s time to ditch heart-shaped chocolates and teddy bears and inject some real thought into how you celebrate.
We have compiled a quick gift guide for you to make your day extra special.
Boulevard nectar rosé brut
From the radiant area of the south of France, renowned for its delicate rose wine, comes this connoisseur’s rosé is blended with hand selected reserve wines resulting in an elegant sparkling rosé, that bursts with a bouquet of fresh and natural raspberry, strawberry. RSP: R329 - R349, available at Norman Good Fellows or takealot.com.
Cruz Raspberry and Cruz Cranberry
Musgrave Gin have been at the forefront of South Africa’s Artisan Gin revolution since the beginning in 2015 and are not ones to lose their lead. 2016 has seen Musgrave spearhead international trends for gin lovers once again with their latest addition to the family - Musgrave Pink Gin. Available at Tops Stores in South Africa at R350.
Original Mason's Cocktail
Original Mason's Cocktail has the perfect blend of fresh cranberry, orange and lime. Best served on ice with a twist of orange peel. R98 per 4 pack and it is available at selected Markro’s and Liquor City’s in JHB.
Tullamore Dew is a brand of blended Irish whiskey produced by William Grant & Sons. Although it was originally a single pot still whiskey, first distilled in 1829 in Tullamore, County Offaly, the modern product is a blended whiskey that is not produced in Tullamore town and distributed in South Africa by RGBC. The price point is around R229 depending where its bought.
Distilled in the Dufftown distillery of Speyside, where fine single malts have been produced since 1896, the newly relaunched Singleton is has replaced the now-defunct Singleton of Auchroisk. The smooth, mellow dram is designed to attract the palate of new drinkers to the malt category, while its smart packaging has ensured its popularity as the perfect personal gift. The Singleton is retailing at R429,99. The Brew Master Bordeaux-blend 2014 The Brew Master 2014, a Bordeaux-style blend named to commemorates Johann Graue, a pioneering winemaker who was amongst the earliest to recognise that vineyard quality dictates wine quality. The co-owner of a leading brewery in Germany before coming to South Africa, he acquired Nederburg in 1937. Comprising 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot and 10% Malbec, The Brew Master 2014 is described by cellar-master Andrea Freeborough as full-bodied, classic and complex with juicy dark fruit flavour, savoury notes, and powerful soft ripe tannins. It retails for around R160 a bottle from outlets such as www.vinoteque.co.za.
Scottish Leader 12YO
Scottish Leader 12YO, recently launched in Johannesburg. This special edition whisky, a gold medal winner at the 2016 International Spirits Challenge (ISC), is now offered in South Africa exclusively through the convenient online portal www.vinoteque.co.za, as well as via top-end, specialist on- and off-consumption liquor outlets, for around R320 a 750 ml bottle.
Liquor City's Special reserve
Liquor City's Special reserve is a medium-to-full-bodied red wine with a unique berry character, picked out especially from Swartland Winery. This special reserve is best served with pasta, ribs or lamb chops. Therefore, fitting perfectly into any specially prepared Valentine's Day meal or as a lovely gift for any wine lover.
This wine is exclusively stocked at Liquor City, at an affordable R44.99. Visit: www.liquorcity.co.za for stockist information