On the grapevine


Bangor Mail - - The food focus -

WHETHER it’s a fa­mously crowd­pleas­ing red, a bold new ex­pres­sion or a whiskey for cock­tail hounds, why not bend an el­bow with the old man this Fa­ther’s Day (June 16) and treat him to one of these de­lec­ta­ble drinks.

■ MAR­TINI Fiero (Cur­rently re­duced to £9 from £15, 75cl, Ocado) A VI­BRANT, red-orange ver­mouth with va-va-voom from the zesty bit­ter­sweet orange flavours.

Mean­ing ‘wild’ in Ital­ian, Mar­tini’s new Fiero is re­fresh­ingly easy to drink and serve. A blend of white wines and botan­i­cals, serve equal parts Fiero and tonic in a large wine glass over ice and gar­nish with an orange slice. Bel­lis­simo!

■ PEN­FOLDS Max’s Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, Aus­tralia (£19.75, Sains­bury’s)

FA­MOUS for pro­duc­ing Grange, Aus­tralia’s most prized red, Pen­folds Max’s la­bel is ded­i­cated to its leg­endary wine­maker and Grange cre­ator, Max Schu­bert – and it’s one of the best cab sav deals around for a block­buster red with ex­cel­lent cre­den­tials. The wine spends 12 months in French and Amer­i­can oak and of­fers rich, ripe black­berry and black­cur­rant fruit ga­lore.

■ BOM­BAY Sap­phire English Es­tate Gin (£22, 70cl, Ocado)

WE love the new-look Bom­bay in­spired by the rolling hills, val­leys and an­cient wood­land of Hampshire.

Its lim­ited edi­tion English Es­tate is the gate­way to a more com­plex gin with three ad­di­tional botan­i­cals – pen­ny­royal mint, rose­hip and hazel­nut to ‘cap­ture the essence of an English gar­den’.

■ NEP­TUNE Rum (Cur­rently re­duced to £24 from £34.99, 70cl, 31dover.com)

A GOLDEN Bar­ba­dian rum named after the god of the sea, it hon­ours the is­land’s rich rum his­tory with pure sugar cane mo­lasses at its core, aged in bourbon oak casks.

With a dou­ble gold at the San Fran­cisco World Spir­its Com­pe­ti­tion and Bri­tish Rum of the Year

2018 among its sil­ver­ware, it bal­ances sweet trop­i­cal fruits with spicy notes and of­fers a smooth ride all the way.

■ CHAM­PAGNE Bollinger Rose, France (cur­rently £37.49 from £49.99, Waitrose)

THE daddy of all cham­pagnes, you’ll be cap­ti­vated by the vi­vac­ity and fruiti­ness of this rich and savoury rose, with hints of wild red berries, spice and toasty notes.

With a se­duc­tive, fruity com­plex­ity, fabulous fresh­ness and length, it’s awe­some on its own but also pairs well with a va­ri­ety of dishes.

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