Snap up Olly Smith’s pick of the drops for Pop

For Father’s Day next week, a pint and a packet of peanuts is always welcome as far as I’m concerned – Harvey’s Best Bitter and dry-roasted, since you’re offering. But there’s no doubt that whether it’s an iconic bottle or an eclectic thoughtful gift from off the beaten track, there’s always a way to put a grin on your dear dad’s face. And as far as selecting goes, there are some unexpected treats that belong on your radar.

First, consider going large. I recently tasted Bollinger’s new release of its R.D. 2004 (12%), which is as piercing and bright as a lemony comet fired into a constellation of diamonds. It’s utterly brilliant and, at £180 from Lea & Sandeman, it’s an epic, generous treat for the wine fan in your life. Another iconic bottle is Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007 (12.5%), with finesse and freshness carving through contours of rich toasty texture and crystal purity. It’s another splurge at £130 from Harrods, but there’s no doubting its impact.

Reassuringly, I’ve found some decent own-label fizz to recommend from Waitrose: its Blanc de Noirs Brut NV Champagne (12.5%) is on offer for £18.39 from June 13, and Waitrose Blanc de Blancs Brut NV (12.5%), on offer for £17.99 from June 27.

If your dad has a sweet tooth, south-west France has fruity options from lesser-known grapes such as Gros Manseng, like my pick from Lidl this week. And if it’s a red, a classic Bordeaux can hit the mark, such as the Margaux I’ve selected from Tesco. But for a wine with totally unique character, pick wild-card countries such as Lebanon and grapes such as Cinsault for a tipple to surprise and delight your dad.

Another option is to get dad a delicious delicacy to pair with a surprising wine. Chris Blandy of Blandy’s in Madeira introduced me to a slice of Comte cheese with his ten-year-old tangy Sercial served lightly chilled. It’s ludicrously decent and one of those pairings you want to savour but find yourself devouring.

Or you could just take your dad for a pint and packet of peanuts. Trust me, he’ll love it.