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Valentine’s & Wine: Our Top 5 Valentine’s Gifts with Daniel Curro of The Vices, York

Just buy one of each… Boutique wine store – The Archive at The Vices York – opened its doors in September 2020 and quickly attracted widespread interest in the

Just buy one of each…

Boutique wine store – The Archive at The Vices York – opened its doors in September 2020 and quickly attracted widespread interest in the private shopping experiences with sommelier, co-founder and purveyor of fine wines – Daniel Curro.

Daniel treats each guest to a 45-minute personalised shopping experience where he takes time to understand the occasion customers are buying for; learn about likes and dislikes, tastes and preferences; and answer questions before providing his own expert recommendations. He then allows customers the chance to taste selected wines, introducing them to the complex flavours before helping them reach a final decision. Using the same approach and calling on his previous experience as a top chef, he also explores people’s favoured cuisine and shares suitable pairing suggestions.

Following the launch of the boutique wine store, The Archive is celebrating after becoming the first stockist in the world and the UK’s only stockist of both the Il Sigillo Aglianico del Vulture Doc (£55.00) and the Taurasi Primum Riserva (£90) fine wines. It also stocks award winning Taurasi Riserva Docg – 2013: Decanter 97/100 Platinum Medal – TOP 100 Italian Wines of the year

Daniel Curro has pulled together his top five wines and champagnes that will make the perfect Valentine’s Day memento:

A bottle of something special can be a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift. Choose the right bottle and it will instantly enhance a romantic moment with the person you love.

And every time you taste that familiar blend again, or when you breathe in its fragrance in the future, you’ll be taken straight back to that perfect moment.

Merlino 16/02 Rosso Fortificato – £35.00

This is a delicious dessert wine, that is beautiful when paired with chocolate or coffee based desserts. Or, enjoy it with a bowl of fresh strawberries to bring out the fruity notes of marasca cherries and blackberries.

A beautiful gift that is one of the first wines of its kind to come from Italy.

Vermentino Di Gallura Vendemmia Tardiva Sciala DOCG – £39.00

A fresh white wine, that won gold in the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Soft, balanced and persistent with notes of fresh herbs and exotic fruit. This is the perfect, wine to pair with your romantic Valentine’s dinner of creamy pasta, or perhaps a salt-baked fish dish.

Alta Langa Extra Brut DOCG – £34.00

This sparkline wine is the perfect balance of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. A bubbling blend with notes of honey, apple and jasmine.

This is an award winning wine that will perfectly enhance your fish or white meat dinner.

Dame Jane Rosé – £73.00

This award winning champagne is an exceptional journey to experience with a loved one. From an exquisite label, through to its complex yet delicious taste.

It’s a rosé champagne, with a luminous hue and vibrancy that will delight your tastebuds.

Oro Di Emera Primitivo Di Manduria DOP – £38.00 – £170.00

This vintage (2017) won the “Premio Cupido” (Cupid Award) from the Italian Sommelier Association. The Cupid Award identifies wines with an intense emotional value that in tasting aroused love at the first sip – making it the perfect red wine for this Valentine’s Day.

This is an exuberant wine with hints of cherry and citrus, and you’ll breathe in the most delicious notes of blackberry.

The Archive offers a stylish fusion of retail and hospitality and boasts an eclectic mix of over 100 fine Italian wines, including limited editions that are otherwise hard to source in the UK.

Orders can be placed via the website www.thevices.co.uk