Forget matching your drink to your dishes, Opus at Cornwall Street is recommending which wine to enjoy on different days of the week to celebrate its corker 50% wine sale this January.

City-centre restaurant Opus is taking time out from matching wines with cuisine to identify the perfect bottle depending on the time of the week.

From an intense and weighty mid-week drink to a cool and bubbly weekend tipple, general manager Pawel Skrzypinski shares his top drink suggestions, as well as advising an unfamiliar alternative that’s available in the restaurant's annual 50% off sale to encourage diners to try something new.   

Monday and Tuesday

“It’s back to work for most people and so to start the week off I would recommend something light, refreshing and easy to drink. A pinot grigio or a New Zealand sauvignon blanc is perfect - it’s made with green fruits which gives a fantastic fresh flavour with a delicious crisp finish. For those coming into the restaurant, I would recommend Von Den Terrassen’s ‘Gruner Veltiner’. It’s similar to a pinot grigio and has a lovely citrusy taste. ”

Pawel’s Opus Sale Alternative: Von Den Terrassen’s ‘Gruner Veltiner’. Was £32, now £16.    

Wednesday and Thursday

“A merlot is an approachable and easy-drinking red that’s good with food or on its own, making it an ideal choice for a relaxing mid-week wine. Although it’s a complex drink with a very aromatic scent, its fruity flavour means it’s not too heavy. For something a bit different though, I would recommend Monte del Fra’s ‘Valpolicella Ripaso’, - it’s a very complex drink and has a powerful aroma, but its soft and dry taste makes it a beautifully elegant drink.”

Pawel’s Opus Sale Alternative: Monte del Fra’s ‘Valpolicella Ripaso’. Was £35, now £17.50.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

“For Friday’s and Saturday’s, it has to be Prosecco. It’s the end of the working week and that’s definitely something to celebrate. Prosecco is a very fashionable drink at the moment - we’re seeing more and more people order it - and it’s a great alternative to champagne. Its crisp, dry taste makes it the ideal drink whilst on a night out with friends. However, for something just as light and fresh but with a fruity twist, I would actually suggest the non-sparkling Domaine Sautereau’s ‘Sancerre Rose’. It’s a classic rose and its flavours are stunning to both smell and taste.”

Pawel’s Opus Sale Alternative: Domaine Sautereau’s ‘Sancerre Rose’. Was £41.40, now £20.75.

“For a quieter weekend, why not try a shiraz or cabernet sauvignon to wind down with? Packed with black fruits, it’s big on flavour, very weighty and has a bold, rich taste. Although they’re both popular drinks, I like to get people who come into the restaurant to try something a little different. My personal favourite is the Spanish ‘El Terroir’ by Domaines Lupier. Made with damsons and cherries, it has a delicious velvety, rich finish - perfect for relaxing.”

Pawel’s Opus Sale Alternative: Domaines Lupier’s ‘El Terroir’. Was £47, now £23.50.

Opus at Cornwall Street is offering 50% off selected bottles of wine for its annual January wine sale. With 18 bottles to choose from, guests can enjoy a wide range of red, white, rose and dessert wines either with their meals or at the restaurant’s bar. The sale takes place Monday 4th January - Saturday 30th January.

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