Contrary to popular belief, Father’s Day can mean more than craft beer, a box of Omaha Steaks, and a round of golf (although we’re sure he’d also appreciate those). Dads love wine too! Whether it’s a bottle of your favorite estate wine, a virtual experience with a small-production winemaker, a wine club that features curated selections of delicious bottlings, or an offbeat wine experience, this year, give the gift of the grape for Father’s Day. Here are a few of our favorite last-minute selections, guaranteed to stand on their own, or pair nicely with that beef jerky subscription you also got him.
Does your father sometimes turn into a mad scientist in the kitchen? Does he secretly wish he were a winemaker instead of just a wine drinker? On June 18, invite him to play winemaker for a day with the Justin ISOSCELES Virtual Blending experience. Dad will receive one full bottle of Justin’s 2018 ISOSCELES, along with three half-bottle barrel samples of each wine that goes into the making of this iconic red blend – the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 Merlot and 2019 Cabernet Franc. He will also receive an invite to join founder Justin Baldwin and winemaker Scott Shirley as they lead participants through a virtual blending session of their flagship wine.
Why pair wine with a cheese and charcuterie board when you can pair it with motorcycles instead? Home to one of Southern California’s largest private vintage motorcycle collections, as well as experiences like the “Cork ‘n Torque” wine tour, Doffo Winery offers an unlikely combination that attracts both wine and motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world. Gift dad The perfect Father’s Day bundle, $165, which includes two bottles of MotoDoffo wine, a MotoDoffo thermal flask, and a t-shirt, or sign him up for the MotoDoffo Wine Club, which not only includes newest releases of MotoDoffo blends featuring original motorcycle label art, winemakers’ selections and rare, limited releases, it also includes access to some of Doffo’s legendary events, like winemaker dinners, vertical tastings, and MotoGP watch parties.
Any visit to Cuvaison is an exceptional experience featuring world-class Los Carneros wines in a stunning setting. This Father’s Day, treat dad to a truly unique Wine Country experience that brings together unlikely elements sure to appeal to the guy who has everything. On Saturday, August 28, Cuvaison is inviting guests to join Principal Architect Douglas Thornley and Landscape Architect Dave Roche of Roche Landscape Archicture for a sneak peek of Cuvaison’s planned tasting room expansion over wine and light bites. We can’t promise dad won’t come home and plan a total remodel or landscaping overhaul as a result, but at least he will leave with two bottles of delicious wine as well. This event is also available virtually.
If dad is a fan of rich, complex, and ageworthy red wines, gift him a bottle of one of Celani’s signature bottlings, or sign him up for the Celani Wine Club. Not only will he enjoy putting his feet up and sipping a glass of the deeply contemplative Celani Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, but he will no doubt get that unmistakable twinkle in his eye and begin planning his own vineyard purchase when he learns the family’s story: Vincenzo Celani came to America from Italy in 1912 to pursue a career with Ford Motor Company, and inspired his grandson, Tom, to help him make their own table wine as a hobby. Tom went on to build a big career in beer distribution, ultimately deciding to purchase the Tuscan-like estate in the foothills of Napa’s Vaca Mountain Range, living just about every dad’s dream.
If your dad is cooler than most, treat him to this awesome gift set that includes three bottles of Tank Garage Winery’s Lovers, Dreamers, Fighters & Believers red wine, as well as a limited-edition 12” pressing, custom sky blue vinyl album that was created with some of the winery’s favorite musicians and inspired by “youthful optimism and destinationless road trips.” The set also includes a digital download of the album so the whole family can listen in when dad feels suddenly inspired to take you on a destinationless road trip of your own. All profits from the record will go toward the California Fire Foundation, helping victims of California wildfires.