Father’s Day is coming up and that means dinners and gifts for dad. If you’re trying to pick a wine for dinner, consider the menu. Steak is a best-selling entrée for Father’s Day, whether at a restaurant or grilled at home. An easy choice here is a Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah, with bold fruit flavors and medium-to-heavy tannins that tend to pair well with steaks, particularly those with a bit of fat content. If dad is more into Barbecue of any type, especially with a tangy or spicy sauce, I’d suggest trying a rosé, perhaps one from Spain made with Tempranillo.
If your looking to get Dad a wine and a gift to pair with it for Father’s Day, here are a few suggestions to satisfy him according to his other leisure interests:
For the dad who enjoys movies, we have the Francis Ford Coppola Pinot Grigio. Coppola, who most of know as an iconic filmmaker for the last fifty years, has also been in the wine business since 1975. Coppola is owner of two wine labels, one being the Francis Ford Coppola Winery that produces this Pinot Grigio we’re enjoying today. This wine has some lovely green aplle and citrus notes, a hint of floral overtones, and a touch of minerality. It’s a great choice to enjoy in the summer heat and pairs well with soft cheeses, charcuterie, gilled chicken or fish, or a marathon viewing of the entire Godfather trilogy.
For the dad who enjoys music or is himself a musicians, we’re going to pop the cork on the Il Palagio When We Dance Chianti. This wine is produced at the Villa Il Palagio Estate in Tucsany, which was purchased by Sting and his wife Trudie Skylar in the late 1990s.
Just like our favorite policeman, this wine has several layers and surprises with bright fruit notes alongside hints of leather and chocolate. This medium-bodied wine is versatile and can be enjoyed with hard cheeses, red meat, pasta dishes, or by itself on the beach while quietly reflecting or meditating.
For the bookworm dad, I suggest the Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is made from grapes grown at the historic Jack London Ranch in Sonoma. Aside from his novels over twenty novels, numerous short stories, plays, poems, and essays, London was a proponent of sustainable agriculture and land use.
While his ranch was considered a commercial failure during his lifetime, the wines made form the grapes grown on the estate are magnificent.
This Cabernet Sauvignon has notes of black cherry and plum, a hint of licorice, a touch of vanilla, and earthy tannins that bring it all together beautifully. This wine calls to be paired with a thick, medium-rare steak, a cigar, or a quiet evening under the stars enjoying the written word.
For the dad who loves sports, we have The Calling Cabernet Sauvignon, also from Sonoma.
This wine is made by the Deutsch/Nantz partnership, which came to be when CEO of Deutsch Family Wines had a chance meeting with legendary sportscaster Jim Nantz. The two began talking about Nantz’s recently-released book “Always By My Side: The Healing Gift of a Father’s Love,” and set out to create a wine brand of quality and accessibility.
This Cabernet Sauvignon shows blackberry, plum, and a hint of vanilla. It pairs well with any grilled red or game meats, or as one component of a two-part gift for your dad along with a copy of Jim Nantz’s uplifting book about fathers and sons.
To see all of Stub’s Father’s Day recommendations, check his latest segment on Daytime Blue Ridge: