During interviews with broadcasters after his team’s triumphant 4-2 victory over Newport County in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday night, ten Hag took the opportunity to present a bottle of 2013 Antinori Tignanello wine to Coughlan.
Approaching Coughlan while he was engaged with the media, ten Hag surprised him with the Italian wine, expecting perhaps a preference for a certain Irish stout but learning that the Dublin-born manager has a penchant for US lager.
Revealing that the Tignanello wine came from none other than legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, ten Hag presented the gift with these words: “We have a small gift for you.” To which Coughlan humorously responded, “Brilliant. You know I don’t drink wine, I drink Budweiser.”
Ten Hag, taken aback by the beer choice, suggested, “Really, Budweiser? American beer? But this is a really very good one chosen by Sir Alex, so maybe your wife will enjoy it. Maybe take a taste, I think you will like it. Well done for tonight.”
Tignanello holds historical significance as the inaugural Sangiovese to undergo barrique aging, pioneering the blending of contemporary red wine with unconventional varieties, notably Cabernet. Additionally, it stands as one of the pioneering red wines in the Chianti Classico region that forwent the use of white grapes. Tignanello marks a pivotal milestone, crafted with a meticulous selection of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.