Is your Dad, like mine, stubbornly traditional in his wine choices? What better occasion than Father’s Day to encourage your father to explore and experiment: persuade him to forsake his usual purchases and try something different. We’ve chosen some unusual, alternative suggestions that remain similar in style to traditional, old world wines to spice up his wine rack and inspire exploration!
In our opinion, life is too short to always drink the same wine…
If he likes: Claret
This beautifully handcrafted Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from the Napa Valley is exquisite, and a wonderful alternative to your traditional Claret. With structured tannins, vibrant flavours of blackberries and subtle spice notes, this is a wine ripe with luscious flavour and supple texture. It is a Bordeaux-style wine but with more fruit and an approachable style which, unlike Bordeaux, is ready to drink now and does not need laying down (what a great excuse - get your Dad to open a bottle with you…just so you can check it’s all it’s cracked up to be!). Luke Donald’s talent is not solely reserved for the golf course it seems, and this is a wonderful present for your father, golf fan or not.
Luke Donald told CellarVie Wines: “I became really passionate about creating an Old World style of wine, with New World fruit. It reflects my own life, growing up in Britain and now living in the US”. Read the rest of the interview here.
“…A very smooth Bordeaux blend from the Napa Valley... It delivers deep, ripe plum and rich bramble fruit embellished by a neat spicy finish and soft tannins.”
Brian Elliott, Scotland on Sunday
If he likes: Chablis
This aromatic white is deliciously dry and citrusy, whose unoaked, fresh and minerally flavours are reminiscent of Chablis’ cool climate whites. A real winner with chicken, fish and seafood, this is a wonderful food wine that equally wouldn’t be out of place on a warm summer’s afternoon. Gavi di Gavi, made from the grape Cortese and grown in Piemonte in North West Italy, is a very interesting alternative to Chablis.
If he likes: Red Burgundy
Made from the same grape variety, the Drylands Pinot Noir makes for a delicious, better value alternative to Red Burgundy. With Burgundy prices continuing to rocket, the search for good quality alternatives has well and truly begun, and where better to start than the similar climate of well-known Marlborough? A deep ruby red wine with a fresh bouquet of dark cherry and raspberry aroma with hints of spicy, toasty oak. This is a lovely, elegant pinot noir with great balance and length which boasts silky tannins throughout the palate and with an equally generous finish. An excellent wine to pair with lamb and duck.
If he likes: Red Rhône
A red Rhône style blend from South Africa, this consists of 80% Shiraz, from Stellenbosch, and 15% Mourvèdre and 5% Viognier from the Western Cape. An intense wine which is rich and deep with a combination of prominent blackcurrant and spicy Rhône red fruit flavours. Touches of mulberry and honeysuckle fruit on the palate are well integrated on the long, velvety finish. For under £10, this is a delicious change from a French Rhône.
If he likes: Rioja
From a different region in Spain, Ribera del Duero, this Tempranillo-Merlot blend has the benefit of cool breezes and a long ripening period. With aromas of cinnamon, lavender and black cherry leading to a smooth-textured, concentrated and fleshy palate that shows elegance and silky tannins, this is something that will leave you wanting more…and more!
“Move over Rioja, we’re all drinking Ribera del Duero now”.
Harry Eyres, The Telegraph
If he likes: Champagne
The style of this wine may be different to your classic Champagne, but it’s a delicious, great quality sparkling wine at a much more affordable price. It is grown, like many top quality Champagnes, from one vintage in a single vineyard, something not often seen with Proseccos. Fruitier in style than Champagne, this is a dry, premium Prosecco from grapes of the highest quality. The low-yield per hectare and the absolute quality of the grapes characterise this wonderful offering from one of the region’s most notable and acclaimed producers.
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