Published: 08:00, 10 February 2021
| Updated: 10:24, 11 February 2021
Show you care this Valentine's Day by raising a glass with your loved one, and helping support wine and beer makers across the county.
From 'support bubbles' to beer that cares and the drink that sparked the term 'honeymoon', we take a look at some of the tipples to toast yourselves with.
Date night cocktail classes
The Egerton-based mobile bar The Thirsty Farrier, run by Jon and Dan Trainer has launched online classes, and has a date night package specially for Valentine's Day.
Guests receive a cocktail making kit before taking part, with Dan and Jon hosting virtually from their horsebox bar. Dan said: "It’s a great feeling knowing we can still bring families and friends together, despite everyone being apart, and something we hope to take away from this experience is still helping people create good memories during this tough time."
The Valentine’s Day date night package has classes costing from £20 to £65 per person. Packages are sent in advance contact-free. Book at thethirstyfarrier.co.uk
Valentine's wine box
Biddenden Vineyards has a Valentine's Box to treat a special someone with. It has a bottle of sparkling rosé wine and white chocolate and raspberry truffles inside, hand packed, with nationwide delivery via the online shop for £35. To receive it in time for the big day, orders need to be made by Wednesday, February 10. Click here for more.
Mereworth Wines say they have the best stay-at-home Valentine's support bubbles, in the shape of their award-winning first vintage White From Black which is made using the traditional method, just like in Champagne, but is made here in their Kent winery with grapes grown in their vineyard just down the road. This wine is a white sparkling wine made from black Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier grapes and is available by the bottle, or a discounted case deal.
If you’re looking for something a little different, Mereworth Wines’ sister company Marourde makes a light, refreshing Spritz drink, honey-wine, made by fermenting honey with cool, Kentish water. Honey-wine was believed by many to be an aphrodisiac, drunk by newlyweds during their first month of marriage to encourage fertility, and giving rise to the term ‘honeymoon’.
The winery shop is open with Covid-safe measures in place, and offers click and collect. Visit mereworth.co.uk. Delivery is also available across Kent.
Tenterden-based Chapel Down doesn't just do wine - they have a range of Valentine's packages to enjoy, including a cocktail pack with gift box, which includes a bottle of Chapel Down Brut and a bottle of Chapel Down Bacchus Gin along with a cocktail recipe card for £65. Order here.
Beer that cares
It doesn't have to be all fine wines. Show both your beer-loving lover and your local brewery you care by buying beer that's brewed locally and supports a local charity too.
Tenterden-based Old Dairy Brewery has brewed its Pilgrims Pale, which raises funds for Pilgrims Hospices sites in Ashford, Canterbury and Margate by donating 15p from every bottle sold. Order at olddairybrewery.com