Father’s Day is coming up fast. Do you know which wine you will be pouring for your dad? For some of you, you already know what your dad likes, e.g. He only likes Australian Shiraz, so picking a bottle should not be too difficult.
For others, your dad does not have a favorite wine. So how would you choose a wine? One of the easiest ways to pick a wine is to pair the wine with the food you will be having with your father. If you are going to have a BBQ beef or lamb, you may want to select a full bodied red or an oaked chardonnay.
Grilled salmon or chicken can pair with a light bodied red or a white wine.
A pasta with cream sauce would pair nicely with a red or white wine that has higher acidity to cut through the creaminess.
A pasta with tomato-based sauce classically pairs with a Sangiovese-based wine from Tuscany, Italy.
If you father is a vegetarian, consider the type of sauce that the food is cooked with. Is it creamy, made from tomato? This flavour will help you choose the appropriate wine. You could use one of the pasta selections that I described.
Some MyWinePal Wine Suggestions:
D’Angelo Sette Coppa 2005, BC. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, and Malbec. It is primarily Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with lesser amounts of the other grape varieties. Light garnet in the glass. Tarry, cassis and black cherry aromas. Cassis, cherry, chocolate and vanilla on the palate with some spiciness. Medium length with firm tannins kicking in on the finish. Try with BBQ beef or lamb.
Casa Montes Bodegas & Vinedos, Alzamora Gran Reserva Malbec 2006, Argentina. This wine is opaque purple in the glass. Dusty with black petter aromas. Full body with ripe black fruit and lots of spice. A BBQ wine for beef or lamb.
Township 7 Chardonnay 2008, BC is 100% barrel fermented and aged in French and American oak, giving it more body and some creaminess. Vanilla and apple aromas. With flavours of citrus oak and apples. Nice round mouthfeel with a slight bit of spiciness and a coconut finish. Try this with any BBQ meats or fish.
Another Chardonnay would be the Hope Family Wines, Liberty School Chardonnay 2007. This Chardonnay, from the Paso Robles area of California, has 5% Viognier in the mix. It is medium lemon in the glass. Pineapple, vanilla, and creamy nose. Medium body, with peach, apricot and honey flavours.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Chardonnay 2008 , Washington was very elegant. This wine was medium golden in the glass. Vanilla, oak, lemon and apple aromas. It was medium body with toasty, lemon and light spice on the palate. Light acidity to complement the roundness of the wine. Spice and lemon on the finish. Would go nicely with some salmon.
Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir Gran Reserva 2008, Chile. This wine spent 9 months in french oak. They like to use 2-3 year French oak barrels as much as possible for all their barrel aged wines so the oak is there, but not in your face. This one had a wide range of aromas. Strawberry, oak, red cherry, dill and mushroom at first, but then some vanilla on the nose. The wine was quite fruity. Lots of red cherry, but also some dill and vanilla. Quite smooth, medium length, and a dry finish. Try with BBQ salmon or chicken.
Renzo Masi Chianti Rufina “Basciano” 2007 DOCG, Italy. This wine is primarily Sangiovese but has 5% Colorino. Red delicious apple and cherry aromas and flavours. Also vanilla and cherry on the palate. Medium tannins with a dry finish. Try with a tomato-based pasta sauce.
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2005, Italy. Chianti for those that do not know is made with the Sangiovese grape. This wine was dark garnet in colour. Oak, cassis, and cherry nose. Full bodied with smooth mouthfeel. Medium acidity and tannins with ripe black cherry flavour. Try with a tomato-based pasta sauce.
Man O’War Vineyards Waiheke Island Sauvignon Blanc 2009, New Zealand. This wine was very light lemon in colour. Herbal and jalapeno pepper aromas. High acidity with more jalapeno and herbal flavours. Light body, but long length. Very nice. Try with a cream-based pasta sauce.
La Frenz Andrew Vineyard Riesling 2009, BC, is light lemon in colour. Flowery and apple aromas. Good acidity with a bit of residual sugar. Red apple and citrus flavours. Elegant. Try with a cream-based pasta sauce.
Note if you can’t find these particular wines, find a similar wine, such as a replacement for the Alzamora Gran Reserva Malbec could be the Bodegas Salentein Primum Malbec. If you feel unsure, ask someone who works in your wine shop. They should be knowledgeable about the wines they carry.
Enjoy Fathers Day with your Dad.