In recent years Valentine’s Day seems to have dropped in popularity, especially for those in long-term relationships or marriages. It is after all just another day, and do we really need another stuffed teddy and chocolate? Probably not, and an expensive meal out on a mid-week night may seem a bit over the top, and beyond budget for some.

So, we are here to save your Valentine’s Day with a nice (and easy) home cooked meal and brilliant wine accompaniment guaranteed to put a smile on the face of your Valentine (or yourself).

Coming in from work or the school pick up, the last thing you want to be doing is scouring the shops for tea and a bottle of wine on Valentine’s Day. We have done the hard work for you, whether it be a sparkling rosé and fish dish or, if Merlot and Steak are more your thing, we have five suggestions which will accommodate even the fussiest Valentine. Impress your Valentine in the comfort of your own home.

Champagne and Lobster

Okay, I know we said about not going over the top, but you can cook a luxury meal on a budget. More and more supermarkets are stocking reasonably priced lobster, so if seafood is your thing and you want to go for the wow factor this is for you.  You could even add the champagne into a delicious sauce, such as lobster linguine?

Or stick to basics with a traditional lobster Thermador. The sparkling bubbles will suit any creamy seafood dish, and why not try a fruity and fashionable Italian Prosecco to go with dessert? Go for a peach or pear fizz to satisfy a sweet tooth. Not sure which Fizz they like? Cover all your bases with our Italian Fizz Collection a perfect suit for celebrating any occasion big or small.

Merlot and Steak

Who doesn’t love a tried and tested steak, chip and blue cheese combo? The fresh and savoury flavour of this exclusive wine will be the perfect accompaniment to your classic Valentine’s meal. Bonnievale Cabernet Merlot 2016 South Africa does exactly what it says on the bottle and is a perfect mid-week red. The spicy savoury finish will go well with your choice of steak, or even lamb with rosemary, thyme and oregano if you wanted something different.

Chardonnay and Risotto

For a less heavy and vegetarian alternative why not get the pan out for a rich and creamy vegetable risotto, paired with an ageless classic of a fresh, easy drinking Chablis Domaine Long-Depaquit 2015, Albert Bichot it will be a sure-fire way to kick of your Valentines Evening the right way.

Pinot Noir and Duck

For the lovers of something rich with deep flavour, a pan roasted duck and Pinot Noir will cut through the acidity of the perfectly rendered (hopefully) duck skin will most certainly tick the boxes. Coteaux Bourguignons 2015, Albert Bichot is versatile and features cherry and red current undertones which will enhance the favour of the duck even more. A delectable blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay – juicy, spicy and pleasing on the palate.

Sparkling Rosé and Fish

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a raspberry-hued sparkling Rosé to evoke those feelings of love and affection. The sparkling bubbles and fruitiness of the rose will be great with a simple yet elegant fish dish. An award-winning sparkling wine such as Punto Rosa Spumante Rosato, Italy will put the pop and fizz into your night. This wine will also see you right through to dessert and pairs beautifully with a rich, creamy and fruity mousse.

Now, there is only one thing left to do, choose which delicious meal you are going to make and don’t forget to order the wine.