IT’S one of the mysteries of the Orient – why does the Chinese New Year never fall on a specific date?
Beyond the solar calendar, had Confucius been able to look to the future I’m sure the great master and philosopher would have opened his fortune cookies on a different day to Valentine’s.
People born under this sign are often described as ‘lively and engaging’, the characteristics we thirst for in a beautiful wine.
Before embarking on your Chinese banquet, why not add some pizzazz to the evening with a fragrant cocktail.
The Chinese consider the tropical fruit lychee a symbol of romance and love. Pink-red in colour, its sweet nectar has a special flavour and exotic juice drink brand Rubicon has created this delicious sensation.
Rubi Red Zen Dawn:
20ml gin, 15ml cherry brandy, dash lemon juice, 75ml Rubicon lychee juice drink (£1.29, one litre carton, Asda).
Try a glass of Taste The Difference Alsace Gewurztraminer 2006 (£7.64, Sainsbury’s).
Or, try my favourite from Marlborough, Zephyr Gewurstraminer 2008, (£10.50, www.winegrapevine.co.uk) – an aromatic white with tropical fruits, a bouquet of delicate rose petals and a lingering finish.