Rose for Father's Day

rose and glassChoosing a gift for next Sunday's Father's Day is never that easy for sons and daughters, of whatever age. I'm sure you'll not complain when you receive the usual power tool or tankard, but it would be nice to get something rather more personalised wouldn't it? So why not help your children along by dropping subtle hints that a bottle or two of a more unusual choice, a substantial rosé perhaps, would be much appreciated.

Rosés drunk straight from the fridge provide a refreshing drink, but dark coloured rosés that could be mistaken for a light red need to be treated differently to taste them at their best. One rosé that’s better served slightly cool rather than chillingly cold is Marks and Spencer’s Gascogne rosé.

First impressions don’t count, especially when they’re formed after being in the fridge for an hour. By then rosé wines will have reached their supposedly optimum serving temperature of 8 degrees Centigrade. At this temperature the M&S French Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot rosé tasted of watery strawberry.

But half an hour of room warming transformed not only the temperature of the wine (raising it above 10°C) but also its flavour. More substantial notes of strawberry cut through with a grind of black pepper could now be enjoyed, even through a robust meal of chilli con carne.

Darker hued rosés need to be treated with respect and served at a cool temperature - perfect for red wine lovers who want a rosé.

PG Wine Tips

£5.99 and under

There are a few fruity, slurpable wines among the forgettable masses.

winebox tapNamaqua South African Rosé 2.25-litre box (3 bottles)

Equivalent to £4 per bottle (£11.99 for 2.25-litres) Sainsbury’s

Lots of easy-drinking strawberry and raspberry flavoured rosé, and all at the push of a button.

The Magnificent Wine Company Shiraz Rosé

£4.49 Co-op (down from £8.99 until June 21)

With flavours of cranberries and pomegranates this rosé has enough oomph to stand up to spicy pasta and Branston pickle ploughmans.

Marks and Spencer Gascogne Rosé 2009

£5.49 Marks and Spencer

More substantial than the average rosé, but lacks the finesse of some.

Yali roseCosts a bit more, but tastes great

Sometimes a bottle of wine tastes so fab it's still a bargain whatever it costs.

Yali Chilean Merlot Rosé

£6.99 (or £5.59 for 2+ bottles) Majestic

Its light cherry and creamy apple flavours are best enjoyed at almost room temperature. Treat this as a light red.

Villa Maria roseVilla Maria New Zealand East Coast Private Bin Rosé

£9.49 Tesco Wine by the Case (available only as 6 bottle case at £56.94)

There’s a bit more to it than is usual in rosés. Its creamy strawberry and digestive biscuit flavours are a match to many warm weather dishes.