Top 10 drinks for dads
Father's Day falls next Sunday and, while a pair of socks is always a delightful present to get, it can also be nice to receive something to savour while you wear them. All the drinks below represent a wide range of prices which share one thing in common - fantastic quality. And there's even something for the gadget-obsessed dad too.
1) CHAMPAGNE: Veuve Monsigny, Philizot & Fils, France 12pc
Perfect to celebrate any occasion, this is a rare Champagne where the quality greatly exceeds the price. For wine experts, be sure to mention that the blend of equal parts Pinot Noir, Munier and Chardonnay delivers a mature biscuit bouquet from five years aging on its lees.
€19.99 at Aldi nationwide
2) WINE: Milmanda 2012, Torres, DO Conca de Barbera, Spain 14pc
From a tiny plot of Chardonnay vines in the shadow of a medieval castle, this wine is made like a white Burgundy from fermenting and aging for a year in French oak barrels to give a nutty character with ripe, honeyed melon fruitiness. Enjoy with paella, roast turkey and brie.
€41.49 at O'Brien's wine shops nationwide and the Black Pig, Donnybrook
3) WINE: Pinot Noir Rosé 2014, The Exquisite Collection, Marlborough, New Zealand 13.5pc
Proud to be pink, this attractive rosé proves that Pinot Noir can have a lighter fun-loving side. Delicious red berry fruity fragrance. A perfect pizza partner.
€8.99 at Aldi nationwide
4) WINE: Ferricrete Pinot Noir 2014, Paul Cluver, Elgin, South Africa 13.5pc
Pinot Noir at its most sensual and seductive. A classic meaty and savoury character underpinned by red berries. Lovely with roast lamb.
€17.99 at Marks & Spencer
5) FORTIFIED WINE: Palo Cortado, Bodegas Tradicion, Jerez, Spain 19pc
Aged for over 30 years in the barrel, this rare treasure occurs as a natural phenomenon in only two out of every 1,000 barrels. A dry and powerful sipping wine, it keeps fresh for weeks.
€84.99 in Dublin at Wine on the Green, Dawson Street and The Black Pig, Donnybrook
6) BEER: O'Hara's Sorachi Ace Hop Adventure, India Pale Ale, Carlow 5pc
An Irish craft beer with a difference, this new range uses only a single variety of hop, the Japanese Sorachi Ace. The taste is fragrant with notes of coriander seeds and lemon peel. Twin with spicy shrimp, lemon chicken or teriyaki salmon. €2.99 50cl, available at supermarkets and independent off licences
7) GIN: Dingle Gin, Co Kerry 40pc
Fragrant with locally foraged heather and hawthorn with fuchsia, bog myrtle and rowan berries amongst other botanicals, this gin delighted the Duchess of Cornwall during her recent visit on the Wild Atlantic Way with a new cocktail named after her: 'The Duchess' composed of Champagne, elderflower liqueur and Dingle Gin.
€34-€38 at O'Brien's nationwide and in Dublin: Celtic Whiskey Shop; Redmond's; Baggot Street Wines; Blackrock Cellars; Deveney's; JJ Fox, Grafton Street; Mitchell & Son; Sweeney's; McHugh's; Martin's and Drink Store.
8) COGNAC: Hennessy Fine de Cognac H250, France 40pc
Celebrating 250 years from Irish founders, this crisp and smooth brandy is a savouring after-meal digestif. For cocktail lovers, try with lime and lemonade; lemon juice and elderflower liqueur; or lemon, thyme and anise leaves.
€48.29 at all leading off licences nationwide
9) GADGET: Coravin
A dream of a new invention, this tool allows a wine to be poured through a fine needle that pierces the cork so you can taste a favourite wine several times over years without spoiling the wine with air. Also used by top restaurants and hotels to serve iconic wines by the glass.
€299 at O'Brien's: Donnybrook, Beacon, Carrickmines, Galway, Limerick and Cork; Jus de Vine, Portmarnock; Morgan's, 35 Pembroke Road; Mitchell & Sons, CHQ and Glasthule; Redmond's, Ranelagh; 64 Wine, Glasthule; Vanilla Grape Wines, Kenmare and wineonline.ie
10) GADGET: Sommelier Champagne Saver
Simply clamps on the neck of the opened bottle of bubbly or sparkling wine as a non-drip pourer and its clever lever keeps the chilled wine fizzy for days.
€10 at Marks & Spencer nationwide