Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Sunday 17th June is Father’s Day so rather than go down the conventional route of buying socks, aftershave or taking him for a pub lunch, why not go that extra-mile this year? After all they definitely deserve it...don’t they?
Brunch is always a treat so why not invite him round for a super fry up with a glass of bubbles to get Sunday off to a flyer. You don’t have to splash out on Champagne - a good glass of Cava like a bottle of Anna de Codorníu - has just the right amount of fruit to set off the salty, delicious fattiness of bacon and eggs, or the richness of any kind of smoked salmon dish, like a bagel or eggs benedict.
If you fancy doing something a bit more full-on then the easiest roast there is a leg of lamb (15 minutes per pound, at 180C, with an extra 15 minutes at the beginning at 220C to crisp it up). If you mash up a tin of anchovies, three garlic cloves, a good pinch of salt and three sprigs of rosemary (off the stalk) in a pestle and mortar or give them a quick blitz, and then smooth it in the folds of the meat you will add an extra dimension to the flavour of the dish. Buy your veg from M&S to make it easier and then serve with a good bottle of red like our Flagstone Shiraz or Finca Constancia
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Alternatively you could have fun mixing up some cocktails – especially if the weather is looking miserable…which looks more than likely at the moment. Any good bottle of whisky or bourbon, like The Balvenie or a Maker’s Mark, will make a great base for someone who loves the flavour of this amber nectar.
The team here had a go at making a French Manhattan last Friday afternoon and we reckon it could be a winner for Fathers’ Day. All you need is a dash of Cointreau, crushed Ice, 1.5oz of Vermouth (Noilly Prat if you want to be really French) and 3oz of Whisky or Bourbon. Stir together and serve with crushed ice and a slice of lemon peel to garnish and you have yourself a refreshing but suitably masculine cocktail.
If Gin is more your Dad´s tipple, try a Tom Jones, after all it is the Welsh crooner´s birthday this week! Check out our cocktail suggestions in the Spirits Shop for more suggestions.
If you really want to push the boat out why not treat your discerning dad this Father’s Day buy buying him tickets to The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show at Vinopolis, near London Bridge, which takes place in October.
It is a fantastic opportunity for any whisky-loving dad to taste some of the world’s finest whiskies, rarest single malts and once-in-a-lifetime Dream Drams. Everyone knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and the Whisky Show does not disappoint. Treat your dad to a hearty two course, whisky-inspired meal, and experience food and whisky pairing masterclasses designed by Martine Nouet – the renowned food and whisky writer. On top of that there will be hundreds of whiskies to try from around the world – a choice to satisfy any whisky loving father.
Whatever you´re doing with your Dad this weekend – enjoy the moment. Happy Fathers´ Day to all Daddies from the Team at CellarVie Wines.
What are you doing for your Dad this weekend? Share your top tips for treating dad in the comments section below.
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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show takes place over 6-7 October 2012. Tickets are £99 for a day ticket and £185 for a weekend ticket. For more information about The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show please visit or to book tickets visit  


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