Father's Day is coming up this Sunday, June 21st. Treat your Dad to some top-notch wine and spirits; we've got many great choices depending on whether your Dad is a wine guy, or more of a whiskey kind of fellow. We know it's tough to make a decision for this awesome guy in your life, so here are some ideas based on some different dad-type personalities.
The Businessman Dad
2011 Keplinger "Lithic" Red Wine Amador County - $74.99
If your dad is constantly on the go or on a conference call, he probably has clients to impress with his wine knowledge. Surprise him with your own knowledge by presenting him with this small-production wine from one of California’s most cutting edge winemakers. Helen Keplinger, who was recently featured on the cover of Wine Spectator for her distinctive Grenache-centric red blends, crafts this blend of 46% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre, and 23% Syrah from the Shake Ridge Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills. A beautiful, velvet-hammer of a wine, it’s sure to impress dad’s accomplished palate.
The Building a Wine Cellar Dad
2012 Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - $124.99
Larkmead has been making 100% Estate grown, 100% Napa Valley wines for three centuries. Yep, three! This complex Cabernet Sauvignon made by winemaker Dan Petroski will improve with time in the cellar (up to 20 years) and is reminiscent of a top Left Bank Bordeaux. The wine received 95 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and we think it’s pretty special too. One of the best Cabernets coming out of Napa, and from a stellar vintage as well.
The In Touch with the Trends Dad
2013 RPM Gamay El Dorado - $36.99
RPM is a collaboration between Nathan Roberts, and Duncan Arnot Meyers of Arnot-Roberts, and Rajat Parr of Michael Mina and Sandhi Wines – a good representation of the “cool kids” making things happen in the California wine business today. Their goal is to make world class Gamay from California, something that had never been considered in the past. 2011 was the first vintage, and each year the wine gets even better. The 2013 is much like a Morgon from Beaujolais and it’s singing right now – and very highly allocated.
The Scotch and Stogies Dad
Bruichladdich Scottish Barley Classic Laddie Islay Single Malt - $56.99
This is Bruichladdich’s signature bottling and it comes in a striking blue package; think of it as the Tiffany box for guys. This unpeated Scotch from 100% Scottish Barley is smooth, clean, and harmonious. There isn’t an age statement – on purpose – as it is meant to showcase the house style, much like a non-vintage Champagne. Now you just have to hope dad will share a glass of this rich, 100 proof whiskey with you.
The Sporty Dad
2014 Wind Gap Rose North Coast California - $27.99
Whether your Dad is playing ball, running to the gym, or just working intensely in the yard, he needs something refreshing, yet special. The Wind Gap Rose is made from Nebbiolo and Dolcetto so it’s complex and yet fresh, bone-dry and easy drinking. The Dolcetto brings the fruit and the Nebbiolo the tannin, so the wine matches well with all types of foods. Which your dad will need after all that running around, and when he fires up the grill.
The Perfectionist Dad
2012 Waits Mast Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir Mendocino - $62.99
We love Mendocino Pinot (and not just because that rhymes), and the Waits Mast brand was recognized in the SF Chronicle's annual list of Top 100 Wines for 2014. If your dad has high standards, for his life and his wine, this Pinot Noir is an excellent choice. It’s a very balanced wine, with lots of red fruit and spice notes, and only 100 cases were produced. The successful 2012 growing season, especially in the cool areas near the Pacific Ocean, is for the purists among the dads.
The Easygoing Dad
2011 Donelan Wines Nancie Chardonnay Sonoma - $49.99
If your dad is relaxed and carefree, and you know he’s a Chardonnay guy, this is the perfect gift. He’ll just be happy that you thought of him, so why not take it up a notch and let him enjoy this special, smooth, well-made wine from high elevation vineyards with 30 year old vines. Older vines give a wine character, and this bottle has that in spades. The wine received 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, but your dad is too mellow to care about such things.
The Adventure-Seeking Dad
Nikka Miyagikyo Japanese Whisky 12 Year - $124.99
If you know your dad likes whisky, but he’s never tried the Japanese version, well this is an adventure he needs to go on now. The Miyagikyo is very complex and balanced. It’s also rich, sweet, and bright, with mild peatiness; it will surprise even the staunchest Scotch drinker. The Miyagikyo distillery is a special place in the Sendai Prefecture and the environment is totally natural, which adds to the allure of this beautiful whisky.
The All About Family Dad
2013 Acheson Cabernet Sauvignon California - $18.99
Your dad does not want you breaking the bank buying him a Father’s Day gift, he just wants to spend the day with you. Maybe you play some golf and then grill some steaks or burgers for dinner. Bring him this California Cabernet Sauvignon to pair with dinner and you’ll be his hero yet again. Plus, this lush, dark-fruited Cabernet has family written all over it. The company is family owned and named in honor of the grandmother, Albeth Claire Acheson who, at 96, still enjoys a glass of wine every afternoon at her home in Sacramento.