I’m often asked if I have a favorite wine, and more and more I find myself saying Pinot Noir. Unsurprisingly perhaps, Pinot hits the top of the lists of many of my friends — but one subset — dad friends—are particularly taken by this fickle, fantastic grape. Ask most winemakers, and they’ll tell you it’s the most difficult grape to cultivate, but potentially the most rewarding wine in the bottle.
My own daughter just turned one, and selfishly, I’ve found myself daydreaming about future Father’s Day gifts—so, consider this a conspiratorial list for fellow dads who also love Pinot Noir (particularly the under-$20 kind). From ripe, juicy offerings of California and Oregon to one fantastic bottle from a New York winery, across the ocean to France and across the world to New Zealand, here is a range of delicious, textured, nuanced and affordable Pinot Noirs that will impress dad this Father’s Day.
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Union Wine Company Underwood Cellars Pinot Noir, Oregon (can) ($6)