Just because it's Father's Day coming up doesn't mean you have to break the bank, especially if you're buying wines for a family lunch with him in mind.
Here are 10 wines I've picked out that would fit the bill - depending on your dad, of course ...
Montenovo Godello 2015, Valdesil, Valdeorras £9.99 Majestic or £8.99 on a mix six deal.
If Godello is good enough for Obama surely it’s good enough for your pa? A big rich generous white from Northern Spain that will appeal if he’s a chardonnay fan.
Les Chartrons 2014 Bordeaux 12.5% on offer at £6.39 at Waitrose
Bordeaux is looking really good value these days, especially when it’s on special offer. At this price you could even afford to buy the old man a case!
Reserve des Hospitaliers Cairanne 2014 on offer at £7.49 at Waitrose
Handsome looking bottle - and contents - that would keep your dad more than happy if he’s a Chateauneuf-du-Pape fan. Big, generous and spicy.
Perrin Vinsobres ‘Les Cornuds’ 2013 £8.99 the Co-operative
A similar red from the Southern Rhone - a rich, peppery blend of grenache and syrah. Great value.
Paz Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc 2014 Argentina 14% £8.49 The Co-operative
Big heavy bottle, full-bodied, American style. Fair amount of oak (15 months in new oak)
Chianti Montalbano, Medici Riccardi 2014 13% £6.49 Lidl
One of the limited edition wines that Lidl has taken on for the summer so I can’t guarantee they’ll have it in your local store. Worth checking though it's streets better than most of the Chianti available at this price and the bottle looks pukka too
Dominum QP Rioja Reserva 2008 14% £9.95 The Wine Society
Even if you’re a member of the Wine Society you won’t be able to get your hands on this excellent mature Rioja before Sunday unless you live near their showroom in Stevenage but it would absolutely fit the bill. Apparently it came top of the Wine Soc’s Rioja tasting
Bodegas Nekeas La Vida Tempranillo Cabernet 2014, Navarra Spain £8.75 Morrisons
If your dad likes rioja he’ll almost certainly like this very similar red from neighbouring Navarra. Smooth and mellow.
Noster Nobilis Priorat 2013 14.5% Asda £7.98
Another good Spanish buy, this time from the highly regarded region of Priorat. A big ripe, full-bodied blend of garnacha, carinena and cabernet sauvignon that needs a steak or roast dinner to show at its best.
Grape Grinder ‘The Milkwood’ Shiraz Viognier 2013 14% £7.75 Oddbins
A really delicious ripe Aussie-style shiraz from South Africa that delivers far more than the price would suggest. Looks cool too. New in so might not have reached your branch yet. Hoping so.
Rioja remains one of the most popular reds in the UK, not least because of its price, and there are two bargains right now that any rioja-lover should snap up.
Majestic has 25% off all riojas this weekend which brings their gold medal-winning* own label 2009 Definition Rioja Reserva down to £8.99 if you buy six bottles instead of the ‘normal’ price of £11.99 (though admittedly it’s usually discounted to £9.99 on the ‘mix six’ deal). That’s a really good price for a nearly seven year old wine that still shows plenty of opulent ripe fruit. Unusually it’s aged in French and Caucasian barrels rather than the usual - for Rioja - French oak. One for your Sunday roast.
The other is a more unusual wine from Sainsbury’s - the Taste the Difference Graciano 2014 which actually comes from La Mancha, not Rioja, but is made from one of the grapes used in the Rioja region. It’s a younger wine - a deep, exotic, fragrant red that would work well if you were cooking a middle-eastern Ottolengi-ish lamb dish and is fantastically good value at £6 a bottle with a further 25% off from next Tuesday if you buy six. So just £4.50 - a no-brainer really.
I’ll be posting my selection of Sainsbury’s wines early next week so you can take advantage of that offer.
*At this year’s International Wine Challenge
Even if you’re into wine I reckon there’s a fair chance you won’t have heard of Savatiano a grape that's indigenous to the Attica region of Greece and which is also used to make retsina.
On the face of it it’s one of those useful neutral Italian style white wines that goes with everything - a bit like verdicchio - but in the hands of Vassilis Papagiannakos of Domaine Papagiannakos (who makes if from low yielding 50+ year old vines) it’s got a great deal of character and ages miraculously well.
As well as the deliciously fresh 2015, I tried the 2012 and 2008 which were incredibly rich and complex - more like a mature Hunter Valley semillon than anything else but with rather more weight and intensity. They proved perfect with the fishy feast we had at Kalos Gialos a beachside taverna in Porto Rafti, a lovely little unspoilt resort where many Athenians have their holiday homes. The grilled octopus was the highlight pairing.
Most UK stockists don’t have the 2015 yet but don’t let that put you off. If means the wine will be a step nearer those older vintages. allaboutwine.co.uk has the 2014/15 vintages for £9.75, slurp.co.uk for £9.95 and Kwoff the 2013 for £9.99.
Buy enough to squirrel some away. For under £10 it’s a total steal.
If you’re a viognier fan here’s a chance to buy Yalumba's excellent Y series viognier at a very good price
Make sure it’s the 2015 vintage rather than a 2014 or '13 though - they may have got a deal on older stock from the importer.
It’s a classic lush peachy viognier with quite a whack of alcohol (14.1%) but would be particularly delicious with any chicken dish with a creamy sauce or a korma (see other viognier pairings here)
You don’t expect to find a wine like this on a supermarket shelf, even in their upmarket in-store cave but that’s exactly where I discovered this delicious organic red in my friends’ local Hyper U.
It comes from the Coteaux du Salagou an appellation to the north-east of Clermont l’Hérault, is made from cinsault (currently one of my favourite grapes for everyday drinking) and at just 12% is one of those incredibly quaffable vins de soif you come across in France these days. I can’t remember the exact price but think it was around €8.
Mas des Chimères, which was set up in 1993 is run by the handsomely moustachioed Guilhem Dardé, his wife Palma and his daughter Maguelone. They recommend the Oeillade with ‘grillades’ - in other words simply grilled meat.
Frustratingly it doesn’t appear to be available in the UK (maybe someone would like to remedy that?) but you can buy it online in France from 1907.fr which sells it for €7.50 - or from the cellar door. Louis Dressner imports it in the US.