Whether for Father’s Day – or any other occasion, frankly – here are three great bottles for gifting.
Instead of buying Dad another redundant grill gadget or a tie he’s never going to wear – whether it’s for Father’s Day or any other occasion that celebrates the men in your life – give him the gift that never disappoints: booze. These righteous reds and superb whisky are guaranteed to put a smile on his face.
Château Pégau Cuvée Maclura Côtes du Rhône 2013
Whether you’re house poor, recently unemployed, or inherited dad’s thrifty ways, this big-value bottle has got your back. The multi-accented name and Gallic escutcheon give the illusion of a heftier price tag, and the delicious juice inside is uncommonly complex for this humble appellation. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault, it delivers a heady nose of cassis, anise and flowers. On the palate, expect a balanced, concentrated red with a distinctly peppery finish. Open a few hours before serving and enjoy with tandoori chicken, grilled lamb chops or a thick ribeye for two.
Brezza Barolo 2011
If you really want to get in dad’s good graces, head over to the Piedmont section of the liquor store and grab a bottle of this stunning Barolo. Made from Nebbiolo grapes off of 25-year-old vines, the wine is aged in massive (1500- to 3000-litre) Slavonian oak casks before bottling. The seduction starts with an intoxicating perfume of maraschino cherries and dried flowers then continues with a light, juicy, refined red that’s a pure delight to drink. Decant and breathe, if you must, but tell pops to cellar it for five years and open on a day he plans to revise his will. Either way, serve it with mushroom pasta, grilled strip steaks or a wedge of Italian (not Danish) Fontina.
J.P. Last Barrels Canadian Whisky
When Whisky Bible author Jim Murray picked Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye as his favourite new bottle of 2015, it put the spotlight on the fine whiskies from Canada. J.P. Wiser’s has been making whisky in Ontario since 1857– the brand is now owned by booze conglomerate Pernod Ricard – and their Last Barrels is a unique, limited-edition spirit that’s not to be missed. A final project in 2001 from departing distiller Jim Stanski, it’s made from a corn-heavy sour mash following an 1869 recipe from J.P. Wiser himself. Aged 14 years, the result is a bourbon-esque elixir that smells like sticky toffee pudding fresh from the oven. Smooth and complex with a long, spicy finish, don’t waste this bad boy on cocktails: sip it neat with a bowl of dry-roasted peanuts.