Beers, wines, spirits and sparkling wines to encourage your father

Loch Lomond Open Special Edition 2022, Loch Lomond Whiskeys

If you really want to rock his boat or turn things up a notch with just the right measure of thought, liquid gifts are a lifesaver.

Whether it’s a pack of beers with a goofy label, a red price tag, or a special edition whisky, we’ve rounded up some best drops to get his Sunday started right…

1. Core Craft Beer Set with Bones Lager, £16.50, Beavertown Brewery

Quirky is the buzzword for eye-catching Beavertown labels – and we’re sure he’ll love sampling their new Bones lager in a psychedelic skull glass. Other standouts include Neck Oil Session IPA, Gamma Ray American Pale Ale, and Nanobot Super Session IPA.

2. PerfectDad Discovery Case (12 beers + glass), £25, Beer Hawk

A neatly curated crate for the dad who can’t decide whether he wants a bottled lager or wheat beer, or a can of IPA or stout – Beer Hawk has it covered with his dapper dozen. Features six blended styles from 11 breweries around the world, including France, Germany, UK and USA.

3. Faustino 1 Gran Reserva Rioja 2010, Spain, £17, Tesco

If a rich Rioja is his go-to, and you’re looking for a wine you can buy without hesitation, gift your dearest dad this impressive red – rated 94 points by wine critic James Suckling. A smooth ride all the way with its forest floor of dark red fruits, hints of vanilla, sweet spices, a touch of tobacco leaf, oak and an elegant, long finish.

4. Penfolds Bin 8 Shiraz Cabernet 2019, South Australia, £26, Harrods

Famous for producing Grange, Australia’s most iconic red, Penfolds’ new limited-edition packs promise dad an out-of-this-world tasting experience world. This Lunar Crater Gift Box for Penfolds Bin 8 – part of the Penfolds Venture Beyond program – is ready to drink now or cellar. A classic blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, expect plenty of rich blackberry and cassis, hints of vanilla bean, softly integrated oak and an impressively long finish.

5. Elephant London Dry Gin Personalized Linen Gift Box, £36.90, Elephant Gin

The gateway to a gin with African botanicals at its heart, the award-winning Elephant Gin is inspired by wildlife, with 15% of profits from each bottle going to elephant conservation projects. With 14 carefully selected herbs, roots and fruits, African herbs such as buchu and baobob take center stage here – and the personalized bottle belongs in its year-round beverage cabinet.

6. Loch Lomond Open Special Edition 2022, £45, 70cl, Loch Lomond Whiskeys

No matter his handicap, Loch Lomond is encouraging whiskey lovers to get into Father’s Day with this special outing to celebrate their partnership and the 150th Open at St Andrew’s in July. A single malt with the precision of a PGA star, it is aged in American oak barrels, finished in burgundy red wine and described as having exceptional character with red fruits, creamy caramel sweetness and oak spice.

7. Della Vite Prosecco Rose DOC Millesimato 2021, Italy, £22.99, The Bottle Club

Because boys also like a little blush. Darling Delevingne sisters – Chloe, Poppy and Cara are behind this mesmerizing shade of pink that tastes as good as it looks. Hailing from the prosecco region of Valdobbiadene in Italy, these coral pink bubbles deliver a lovely flow of red fruit flavors, a fresh, cutting-edge finish.

8. Champagne Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs NV, France, £53, Waitrose

The father of blanc de blancs champagne, Palmer & Co was crowned Classic Blanc de Blancs World Champion at the 2021 Champagne & Sparkling Wines World Championships. Made exclusively from chardonnay grapes, the pale golden reflections, the delicate and silky palate, the bewitching floral aromas, sweet citrus notes and hint of almonds of this fabulous fizz deserve its best flute. Cheers!

Shirley M. Pinder