Fathers Day: The Gift Of Wine

One day of each year is earmarked for us to recognise our fathers, who deserve a little credit every now and again for their influence, paternal bond and their unwavering support. Which means that although it’s not a necessity, a present is always a nice touch. So we asked our wine buyer Andrew Baker which products he would recommend for last minute shoppers. He’s popped together  his favourite reds together with a ruby rich port from the top Duoro region in Portugal and a lavish award-winning bubbly, just in case you really want to splash out.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Vilmart Grand Reserve Brut Premier Cru NV – £27.99

Made by a small family-run Champagne house under the stewardship of Laurent Champs, this bubbly has won a ton of accolades, but isn’t yet well known enough to become a wallet buster. A superbly balanced fizz with plenty of concentration, fine mousse and crisp, well structured acidity. Why not impress your Dad with a great unknown that rivals (and beats) many a big name.

Domaine Andre Brunel Chateauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux 2011 – £29.99

From wine master, Andre Brunel, this Chateauneuf is a lavish wine yet feels very natural and pure. There’s nothing ostentatious like some bruising Chateauneufs, but instead a great focus and character. It’s a great wine for lying down and will keep for another 15 years.

Senhora do Convento Ruby Port NV – £12.99

Made from specially selected grapes grown in the top Duoro region by one of the best winemakers in Portugal, this gorgeous Ruby Port is full, rich and supple. Blended with a 5 year old base wine, the complexity of the aged wine combined with the freshness of the young, delivers a stunning, deep coloured Port with outstanding balance. A truly traditional Port that promises to delight fans or convert newcomers.

Chateau du Seuil Graves Rouge 2010 – £14.99

The Welsh owners of this near organic estate on the beautiful banks of the Garonne have tried their utmost to produce wines expressing the best of the well-drained, mineral-rich soil. This wine is carefully blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc. It’s fruity and smooth with firm tannins and nice oak. Delicious to drink now but can be stored for several years yet.


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