It is Father’s Day and the weather forecast is good, so why not celebrate in the garden with these special bottles you can pick up in your local high street today?

A sparkling for summer

Hambledon Classic Cuvee Brut

What better for a summer day than to open a gorgeous English sparkling, from one of the growing number of Hampshire vineyards, brimming with enlivening hedgerow aromas, orchard fruits like apples and pears and just a little bit of brioche for complexity. Drink as an aperitif, with canapés or with some special seafood, like scallops or lobster.   

£29, MarksandSpencer.com; £30, Waitrose

A rose for the garden

Mirabeau Etoile 2016

An exceptional premium rose, created specifically for Sainsbury’s by Mirabeau, one of the new breed of upmarket rose producers in Provence which also happens to be run by an expat British family. A very pale pink blend of syrah and grenache from a single vineyard near Saint Victoire, the complex flavours of orange peel, herbs and hints of spice are perfect on their own or match all types of seafood, a bouillabaisse or any tomato-based, lighter Mediterranean dishes. 

£16, Sainsburys.co.uk

A big red for barbecues

Max Reserva Carmenere Errazuriz 2014

While malbec is being heavily promoted as the barbecue wine, many other medium-to-full-bodied reds will do the job just as well – this carefully made Chilean carmenere is just ideal with barbecued meats from a spiced butterfly chicken to a rare steak, eaten outdoors or inside. Big, silky, smoky, fruit flavours, with characteristic fruit and nut chocolate underpinning.

£12.48 Asda.com; amazon.co.uk

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