Treat Dad this Father’s Day to a 3 course lunch at Brisbane’s finest award winning restaurant, Bacchus Restaurant and if you head to my Instagram page you have the opportunity to win Father’s Day lunch for 4 people to the value of $436.

Forget socks and jocks, this Father’s Day treat dad to a decadent 3 course lunch and a decent bottle of wine and truly make his day. And who better to advise on the First Pour for Father’s Day than acclaimed Bacchus Restaurant Sommelier Andrew Giblin.

Firstly though, you are going to need to take Dad to lunch – may I suggest the Bacchus Father’s Day lunch which stars a brilliant Chef’s Selection in the award-winning restaurant, delivered with the best service. Make it special, not another pub lunch, but BACCHUS special!!!  And then, your present is sorted.

Take your pick from the Bacchus Father’s Day menu here and then decide which wine you would like to accompany your meal. To make it easy for you and so you look like you know your wines, below are the Top Five Drops for Father’s Day 2018, thanks to Andrew Giblin, Sommelier, Bacchus Brisbane.

For the quintessential Barossa Shiraz-type Dad – try the 2014 Kaesler ‘Bogan’ Shiraz

This 100% Shiraz is a blend of two vineyards in the 1899 Marananga and 1965 Nuriootpa plantings. Taste-wise it is the world-famous Barossa Valley-style red, full of ripe plums, black cherries and smooth tannins. It’s the perfect accompaniment to Father’s Day steak dinner. Winemaker Reid Bosward tried this wine out in the front bar of his local hotel with a steak sandwich and when he passed the bottle around for some input, the response was unanimous – ‘you’re crazy if you don’t buy two’!

For an award-winning Dad – try the 2012 Jim Barry ‘Benbournie’ Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the first families of Australian wine, Jim Barry Wines from the Clare Valley have been producing top quality wines since 1959. Currently presided over by managing director Peter Barry and his sons Tom and Sam, Jim Barry Wines are now available in more than 25 counties around the world and were recently named winery of the year by one the world’s most influential wine writers, Matthew Jukes. The Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Clare Valley in South Australia. It is deep crimson red with a mix of dark vine fruits, dark chocolate and fresh garden herbs. It’s designed to be enjoyed now but will also stand up to being cellared for another 30 Fathers Day’s.

To take the 2018 Favourite Child title – try the 2016 Savaterre Estate Chardonnay from Keppell Smith

Located in Beechworth in Victoria, Savaterre was established by Keppell, after working with Phillip Jones at Bass Phillip. It is dry-grown, hand-tendered and farmed along organic principles. Fermented using only indigenous yeasts, the wine is unique, intensely textual and complex. The Chardonnay is greenish gold, vibrant, bright and aromatic. Matched with some chargrilled sweetcorn on the cob or fresh natural oysters, this wine will surely remind Dad who his favourite child is!

When you can share a sip with Dad – try the 2014 Genesis Syrah

For those children old enough to share a sip with Dad Giblin recommends a wine from father and son team, Julian and Adam Castagna. The 2014 Genesis Syrah is estate-grown Syrah with a small proportion of Viognier from one of Beechworth’s most iconic wineries. With a firm core of red and black fruits and vibrant floral tones, this wine delivers a structure that is both gentle and complex. This Father’s Day you will probably find Adam and Julian out the back of the winery, sharing a bottle, enjoying a house cured prosciutto pizza cooked in their very own pizza oven.

For Francophile Dads – try the 2015 Bouchard Pere & Fils ‘Beaune de Chateau’ Premier Cru Rouge

Beaune de Chateau comes from 17 different Premier Crus that are fermented and barrel-aged separately. This wine has a history back to 1907, and the 2015 is an outstanding example. 100% Pinot Noir, it is black cherry, red currant and blood orange, and is a wonderful example of why Burgundy has been the dominant force in Pinot Noir for centuries. The 2015 vintage is ready to drink immediately and requires no cellaring to enjoy with any manner of poultry, especially duck. (Giblin let slip he plans to be sitting on the couch enjoying a toasted duck and mushroom sandwich, watching the footy and sipping on a glass of Beaune de Chateau this Father’s Day!).

Head to my Instagram page to enter my Bacchus Father’s Day Lunch competition and following the entry conditions to go in the draw. Competition closes Wednesday 29 August and winner notified by direct message on Instagram on Thursday 31 August. NOTE – Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages are NOT included in this prize and only persons over the age of 18 years are permitted to enter.

Good luck.

Food image credit – Faces of Bne

Bacchus Father’s Day Lunch

Where – Podium Level, Rydges South Bank, Cnr of Grey & Glenelg Streets, South Bank

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Phone – 07 3364 0837