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Dad drinks: Blow his socks off with some new tipples this Father’s Day

Fathers Day is almost upon us – the time of year when we seek out ‘thoughtful’ bottles and something a bit different to show we’ve made the effort!

If he is a red wine drinker, you can’t really go wrong with this amazing Il Civettaio organic Sangiovese from Italy, available exclusively from Jackson & Seddon, importing top quality Italian wines and delivering to your doorstep.

This wine spends two years in 38HL oak barrels so give it a little time to open up and once it does it will blow his socks off (most likely the ones you bought at Christmas!). It is a true expression of the Sangiovese grape with aromas and flavours of tobacco and leather and hints of aniseed and liquorice on the finish.

The bottle is pretty eye-catching too – a ‘win-win’ on the gift front. A bit of a treat at £24 a bottle, but he’s worth it and this is worth every penny too.

This wine won the Back to Nature category at the People’s Choice Wine Awards in February this year – a popular category for organic and biodynamic wines which stand out from the crowd.

If he prefers white, and loves spicy takeaways, then Cramele Recas Wine Atlas Feteasca Regala 2019 (below) will match perfectly with most Thai or Chinese-inspired dishes and is a bit different too. There is a modern twist to this little-known grape variety, with lots of tropical fruit flavours, but still a dry style – it can certainly handle plenty of chilli heat.

This wine scooped the top prize in the White Wine for Aromatic & Asian Cuisine at the People’s Choice Drinks Awards and is available at many retailers, including Asda.

At a staggering £5, you might want to buy two!

If only spirits will do (and carrying on with the oriental theme), the wizards at Zymurgorium Distillery produce this fabulous Mandarin Dynasty Gin, based on sweet & sour five spice, it is a masterpiece for Asian food lovers. Distilled with 8 lucky botanicals: Juniper, Coriander, Sichuan Pepper, Cassia, Cloves, Fennel Seeds, Star Anise & Mandarin. Wowzers!

Only £25, it is available directly from the distillery in Manchester along with a mind-blowing range of other gins, liqueurs and rums in every conceivable style. Yes, you guessed it, this was an award-winner too!

Janet Harrison
Janet Harrison runs Cracking Wine, providing fun and informal wine tasting events in the North of England. She is also founder of the People's Choice Wine Awards.

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