Toast dad with wine this Father's Day
June 17th, 2011
12:15 PM ET
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Here’s the deal with Father’s Day: Whatever you buy your father - 200 yards of fly-casting line, a stuffed wallaby, a stained-glass replica of A-Rod’s face - the guy is going to act pleased. That’s part of the father-child contract.

But both you and he know that you could buy him something he’d really like. Now, it’s possible that 200 yards of fly-casting line will lift the old guy’s heart and make bright every last one of his remaining days, but some fathers would actually prefer a bottle of wine. So, for those fathers, some guidelines:

Grilling Dad

Affordable: 2010 Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Joven Campo de Borja ($8)

This robust Spanish red is a great partner for burgers off the grill.

Sky’s the Limit: 2007 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($100)

A benchmark Napa Cabernet. Velvety, rich and deceptively powerful, it’s drinking great right now - especially with some sort of troglodyte-size T-bone.

Eco-Conscious Dad  

Affordable: 2009 Fetzer Valley Oaks Zinfandel ($9)

A juicy red from one of the world’s largest farmers of organic grapes.

Sky’s the Limit: 2008 Sokol Blosser Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir ($50)

Sokol Blosser farms organically, participates in salmon-safe run-off programs, uses biodiesel fuels and has solar panels in its vineyards. Plus, its Pinot Noir is terrific.

Beach Dad (no glass bottles)

Affordable: 2008 Bandit Cabernet Sauvignon ($8)

Dark fruit and lots of flavor in a one-liter cardboard Tetra Pak.

Sky’s the Limit: 2009 Wineberry Chateau du Chatelard Bourgogne Blanc ($45/3 liter box)

New York–based Wineberry packages small-production French wines in cool wooden three-liter boxes.

Sports Dad

Affordable: 2009 Arnold Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon ($11)

A straightforward and appealing red from a golf great.

Sky’s the Limit: 2008 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon ($85)

Former NFL star Drew Bledsoe grew up in Walla Walla, Washington, with Chris Figgins, whose family owns one of the state’s top wineries, Leonetti. They reunited to create this structured, intensely flavorful Cabernet.

Never-Met-a-Party-I-Didn’t-Like Dad

Affordable: Mionetto Il Prosecco ($9)

A lively Italian sparkler from one of the best-known Prosecco producers.

Sky’s the Limit: 2002 Dom Pérignon ($140)

Dom Pérignon lives up to its reputation, especially in the terrific ’02 vintage. Plus, dad will definitely impress his friends with his bottomless wallet (well, your bottomless wallet, but who’s counting?).

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  1. kicker2312

    Picking a perfect wine is tough – especially one that is affordable. I use the Better Wine Guide app on my iPhone and it helps a lot

    June 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Dork

      It's best to know what characteristics he likes in a wine (fruity, dry, acidic, smoky, tannic, etc) and armed with this information go to your local wine shop. Inform the shop what you price range is and with the characteristic information they will be glad to assist with picking out a good wine within your specifics.

      June 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  2. soleada

    ummm my dad strictly drinks Budweiser from a can. My fiancee got him to be adventurous enough to try Victoria (to which my mom & i nearly had a heart attack). He had his 4th heart attack on wed – 2 days after his birthday – & he's all the way in cali w my mom. Sooo it's budweiser drinking for ne this week lol

    June 18, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  3. The Witty One

    What do you get a dorky techno-dad?

    June 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Dork

      Go to www thinkgeek com

      June 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  4. Mildred

    One of my friends, a father of a cute little boy, likes hard ciders (apple and pear).

    June 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  5. Amayda

    This year I am suprising my husband (wonderful father of our 2 little girls) with a case of his favorite beer. The nearest state that has it is two states away so I found a great online retailer that will ship a case to me. My husband likes wine, but beer will always mean more to him.

    June 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
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