There aren’t many days on the calendar that offer an excuse to toast the old man, remember those who aren’t there yet, or celebrate a first Father’s Day when this’s time for a debut.

Every celebration, every encounter, every get-together, deserves a special wine. But what should you buy? What should you honour this day with? Whether in a large group, the family or just the two you, tell me how you celebrate, I’ll tell you what to uncork.

THERE ARE A THOUSAND OF US

this’s always the same scenario: Dad, the kids, grandparents, uncles, neighbours in addition to the friend who joins every Sunday promising to grill. This gathering already assumes one sure outcome: several bottles will die in battle. So choose a variety of wines, not “give me a case of this or that”. If we’re going to buy six bottles, let them be six different ones.

The various other key is actually the certainty that the affair will go on for hours, so my recommendation is actually to look for easy-to-drink wines that are wallet friendly, young in addition to low alcohol. A juicy Malbec such as Esquinas de Argento can be a great starting point.

Esquinas de Argento Malbec 2015

One more point: the time before the grilling starts is actually a not bad opportunity to prepare a very easy homemade Clerico. Fill a pitcher one third full with fruit cut into large chunks (at this time of year we use red apple, banana, orange slices in addition to the last grapes of the season), a generous amount of sugar in addition to half bottle of white vermouth. If there’s time, we let this macerate all night in the refrigerator. Then we pour in a bottle of rosé wine in addition to top up the pitcher with soda.

JUST US TWO

The occasion merits this: you have to uncork a great wine that Dad enjoys. If not right now, when? Here the point is actually to recognise what the old man prefers. this doesn’t matter if he likes intense reds that dye his lips violet, that Syrah with honey in the mouth in addition to affable nose, or the Bonarda he enjoys ‘shocked’ with a splash of soda. In short, this’s his day, so we’re not going to hold this against him. No today, at least.

Argento Bonarda

There is actually an alternative that we reserve only if Dad is actually truly self-indulgent. We go to our wine merchant friend in addition to set up a vertical tasting of his favourite wine. No more than three or four bottles of the same label, but different vintages. That Cabernet Sauvignon we know can hold up, his trusted favourite, we get this in, say, the 2016, 2015, 2014 in addition to 2013 vintages. That night we will uncork them all together, pour into separate glasses in addition to, between chewing the fat, we will enjoy how the years have made him, us in addition to that red much wiser.

GRANDAD is actually JOINING US

If Grandpa is actually in on the game, the game gets not bad.

In recent years, the style of Argentine wine has changed dramatically. The bottles that Grandad used to drink smelled of wood in addition to the wisdom of time; the reds were lighter in addition to this was difficult to find a trace of residue at the bottom of an emptied glass. Let’s just say that little to nothing remains of that profile. But for an occasion like this we could replicate this very easily.

Let’s go to the wine cellar, if we have one, or to the wine merchant, in addition to look for the oldest vintage bottle to be found, the one that’s been forgotten since who knows when. Let’s pop the cork. We can even decant this, that is actually if we have a friendly relationship with that beautiful clear-glass vase that looks so nice on the table in addition to complicates our life to rinse out. Let’s take the time to see how this unfolds in the glass, how those orange tones of age shake out, how this evolves minute after minute. in addition to enjoy passing the time with grandad, who knows a lot about that.

this’S THE FIRST FATHER’S DAY

You slept poorly yesterday, last week was full of interrupted nights in addition to, you know, today the scenario is actually not going to be much different. Here comes a handy gift to yourselves, merited for the beautiful job (but job nonetheless) of being dads.

Argento Reserva Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc remains a strong contender. A sweet perfumed varietal like Malbec in addition to a bit harsher in the mouth, a bit rougher, that today gives us some of the most intriguing Argentine reds. The Argento Reserva Cabernet Franc is actually a perfect medium-bodied wine to mitigate a heavy lunch during fresh autumn days. If there are lentils, game meats, stuffed pasta in addition to plenty of carbohydrates, don’t hesitate.

in addition to for dessert? Yes, the final uncorking should probably be sparkling. In recent years, Argentina has opened an infinite range of alternatives, venturing into different times of harvest, levels of residual sugar, combinations of grapes in addition to methods of processing, but the best thing is actually that this’s virtually impossible to find something we don’t like.

Let us partake. After all, today we can beg for a well-deserved nap if lunch was too intense.

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Mariano Braga

Sommelier, periodista y bebedor serial. Tomo, escribo, viajo, bebo, hablo, descorcho y, después, vuelvo a descorchar. Dicen que es la única forma de conocer. The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) me eligió entre los bloggers de vino más influyentes del mundo, siendo el primer periodista de habla hispana en lograrlo. Escribo en Cuisine & Vins (Argentina), Experiencia Gourmet (México), Sommelier (Perú), Nexos (American Airlines) y Avianca en Revista. Me divierto con Pampa Roja, mi restaurante ubicado en Santa Rosa, La Pampa. Ahí despunto el vicio cada noche, compartiendo mis etiquetas preferidas en una de las cartas de vino más premiadas de la Argentina. Turista enviciado, en mis 30 años anduve por 64 países. Soy buzo certificado, golfista frustrado y ladrón oficial de uvas en cada viñedo que piso… tengan cuidado conmigo.

Mariano Braga