Friday, June 11, 2010

Boozy Gift Ideas for Dad

What to get a Dad that seemingly has everything? When ties have become a snore and you've already gifted him with every grilling gadget and golf accessory he can handle, turn your attention to fine wine and spirits.

Here are our top 5 boozy Father's Day gift ideas depending on what dear old Dad likes to kick back and relax with.

1) The Classic Dad:
2005 Herb Lamb Vineyards HL Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($249.99)

The Herb Lamb Vineyards are planted on 7.4 acres of rocky hillside property in the Napa Valley owned by the lovely and hospitable Jennifer and Herb Lamb. The vineyard ranges from 600 to 800 feet in elevation and lies on the eastern hillsides of St. Helena just below Howell Mountain. Mike Trujillo of Karl Lawrence Winery crafts only 115 cases of this premium Cabernet from very specific vineyard sections and rows of vines. The 2005 is a deep, dark wine with the layers of flavors that come from well tended mountain fruit. It's plump, juicy, and refined; the perfect classic Caifornia Cab for a classic dad!

2) The Mellow Dad:
2008 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from passionate Pinot Noir lovers Thomas Rivers Brown and Genevieve Marie Welsh. Cool climate fruit from Occidental is the cornerstone of Rivers Marie and only 225 cases of this Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot were produced in 2008. The Occidental Ridge site is on the border of Sonoma Coast and Russian River so you get the mellow red fruits of the coast mixed with the darker blue fruits of the river valley. Your dad will easily kick back and enjoy this full flavored, pleasing Pinot.

3) The Grillin' Dad:
2004 Chase Family Cellars Hayne Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel Napa Valley

Tell your dad to break out the grill and get some BBQ going to match this bold, complex, spicy Zin. The Hayne vineyard Zinfandel vines are old vines planted in sandy, gravelly soil which makes for really robust grapes. The grapes for this reserve wine are taken from only the century old vines from the vineyard’s “sweet spot." A little beef, a little barbecue sauce, and this Zin should make for a very happy, chillin' dad.

4) The Dashing Dad:
Germain - Robin XO Alambic Brandy

These hand distilled brandies from 100% premium California grapes receive rave reviews from critics, journalists, and serious brandy lovers everywhere. Many consider these spirits to be the the best in the world. Dan Berger of the LA Times said, "There is no cognac as good as Germain-Robin brandy." Spirits and Cocktail magazine called this Germain Robin Select Barrel XO the "best on the planet." Need we say more? Your dad will be feeling extra smooooth.

5) The Mixologist Dad:
Charbay Tequila Blanco

Is your dad the one who is mixing everyone a cocktail; a real "life of the party" type? Get him something a little different for behind the bar. Charbay is a California company that makes some of the best distilled spirits around. Their Tequila just recently landed in the New York market. 100% Blue Agave from volcanic Mexican soils, this authentic Tequila is hand distilled and bottled in Mexico by California distillers. It's graceful, understated, clean, and pure -- and it's best served simply with ice for sipping. Your dad will be the coolest dude on the block.

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