Daddy Cool: Treat your Pa to some world-class wine this Sunday with the International Wine Challenge guide to wine for Father’s Day
The International Wine Challenge’s Father’s Day guide to choosing the perfect wine for your old man
Father’s Day is nigh, and what better way to show your Dad you care than by giving him a bottle of delicious award-winning wine? But if navigating the wine aisle sends you into a cold sweat, never fear! This handy guide from the International Wine Challenge is here to help. All wines featured were awarded medals in the 2015 International Wine Challenge, which announced its winners last month. Pop one of these crackers with your Dad and you will definitely be in his good books.
If your old man is partial to a drop of red, treat him to Gold medal winning Cave De Roquebrun La Grange Des Combes 2012 and he will be smiling from ear to ear. This classy red has delicious ripe blackberry and wild herb flavours and is available at Majestic Wines stores nationwide and online for just £12.99.
Or make the most of a warm weather weekend with a Silver medal-winning bottle of Morrisons Signature Beaujolais Villages 2013. Serve it cool for best effect, and its delicious balance of freshness and ripe fruit will be the perfect glugger with everything from barbecued bangers to rib of beef. And all this for a bargain £6.49! Your Dad will never suspect its modest price tag.
If your Dad goes wild for white wine, you will be spoilt for choice if you check out the latest International Wine Challenge results.
Treat him to a bottle of Gold medal winning Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon 2007 from the Australian McWilliam’s Wines Group. With hints of lemon sherbet and an orange peel edge, this zesty white is available online from Slurp.co.uk (£19.99).
However, if you’ve left it to the last minute, you can pick up some great whites at your local supermarket. (He’ll never know!) Tesco finest* Chablis 2013 is one of our favourites and will even leave you change from a tenner. This elegant Gold medal winner has delicious almond notes with a long finish. Delicious! Or if he has a sweet tooth, get him a bottle of The Co-operative’s Gold medal winning Château Roumieu Sauternes 2012, which has a delicious zesty orange blossom finish and is an absolute steal at just £11.99.
If your Pa is a fan of bubbles, the International Wine Challenge has some great medal winners that would make perfect gifts. Fans of homegrown sparklers should pop a bottle of Gold medal winner Chapel Down Blanc de Blancs 2009 (£26.99) in the name of fatherly love. England’s largest vineyard, Chapel Down, had a fantastic year at the competition, winning more medals than any other British vineyard, and this fabulous sparkler is a perfect example of homegrown talent.
Alternatively, buy him a bottle of Hambledon Vineyard’s Classic Cuvée. This Hampshire marvel won Gold at the latest IWC thanks to its crisp, refreshing character and elegant finish. The award-winning bubbly can be purchased at Berry Bros & Rudd (£28.95). Pour your Dad a glass of this, and he’ll definitely forgive you for forgetting his birthday.
Looking for fabulous fizz for under £20? Look no further than Gold medal winner Winemakers’ Selection Sainsbury’s Blanc de Blancs Champagne Brut, NV (£18.00). This fine Champagne, made only from Chardonnay grapes, is rich and nutty, and is sure to be a popular choice on Sunday.
Any discerning bargain hunter should look no further than their local supermarkets for quality wine at modest prices. Supermarkets’ own-brand wines scooped up an impressive 498 medals at the latest IWC, with 33 own-brand wines winning Gold medals.
Savvy shoppers looking for a delicious Father’s Day treat should get their hands on Gold medal winner Marks & Spencer Mount Bluff Sparkling Chardonnay. This delicate tipple has wonderful hints of citrus and apple, and an even more pleasing price tag of just £13. Alternatively, head down to Tesco to grab your Dad a bottle of Tesco finest* Sancerre 2013 (£11.99).
If your Dad is a sweet sherry aficionado, he is sure to love Gold medal winner Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pedro Ximenez Sherry. This sticky star has a fabulous blend of semi-dried banana, toffee, coffee, salted caramel, fig and walnut flavours, and is available for just £8 a 50cl bottle.
Aldi has top bargains, as well. The supermarket produced two of the best value Gold medal winners of the whole competition, both available for less than £8. Pick up the Aldi The Exquisite Collection Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 or the Aldi The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 2014 for just £7.99 and £6.99 respectively. Both are delicious and guaranteed to make you favourite son or daughter for the day.
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC, commented:
“Treating your Dad to a bottle of fantastic wine is a great way to show you care on Father’s Day. If you give your old man one of our medal winners, it is sure to go down well, as it has been tasted and judged by some of the best wine judges in the world. Whether he loves white, red or sparkling, if you wrap up a bottle of wine carrying an International Wine Challenge medal on the label, you are guaranteed to make his day.”
Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com