Give him something special to sip and savor.

By Jonathan Cristaldi
June 12, 2020
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Every Father’s Day, Dads across America are surprised with hit-or-miss gifts. Listen: Dad doesn’t need any more cologne and if you give him a soap-on-a-rope one more time, he will cry. Longtime dads—you’re nodding in agreement. New dads—you’re about to figure it all out.

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Get ahead of the curve and surprise dad with a boozy gift he’ll actually be thrilled to receive on Father’s Day—perhaps one that will even give him a genuine chuckle, like the newly-released T.P. Reserve wines, which sport a sanitized clean and sleek label featuring an accidentally iconic image of the times: a roll of Toilet Paper. Spring for the red blend (a portion of proceeds are donated to Napa Valley Food Bank). From great canned wines and at-home winemaker kits, to magnums, an awesome tote, brandy, and more, here are the gifts Dad really wants.

Canned Wine Six-Pack

Larkan “The Tinknocker”

Not easy to find, but worth the hunt—this extremely cool can is imbued with J. Howard Miller's famous Westinghouse "We Can Do It!" poster (the image of the woman associated with “Rosie the Riveter,”) and is a gentle reminder to Dad that a strong female presence makes him a better guy. It also is a remarkable Sauvignon Blanc. Sean Larkin of Larkin wines sources top-quality Napa grapes for this deep citrus, orchard, and tropical fruit-driven white with a rich texture and great minerality. The “Tin Knocker” is a slang reference to sheet metal workers, however no matter Dad’s profession, picture him at the grill with this can—instant Instagram magic. $12 at garysnapa.com 

Oro Bello Blanc de Blancs

Frenchborn Alexandre Remy, winemaker and partner in Atlas Wine Co. is on a mission of transparency, always willing to talk about every ingredient in his wine, and he’s hit a home run with this sparkling blanc de blancs in a can. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sultana, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat Alexandria, it’s light, with delicate bubbles, creamy and citrus-driven, and dangerously quaffable. $98 per case at wine-searcher.com 

West + Wilder

Started by longtime friends, Matthew Allan and Kenny Rochford, West + Wilder is based in Santa Rosa, and these pals are crafting some positively stellar wine that comes in distinctly elegant packaging, which just happens to be aluminum cans. They make a white and rosé in both still and sparkling versions, and the still white is the one to present to dad—a blend of Sauvignon blanc, Chenin Blanc, Viognier Muscat, and Chardonnay, it’s bright, orchard-fruit, and mineral-driven. $7 per 250mL at wine-searcher.com 

Man’s Best Friend White Wine

The 2018 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough is the wine equivalent of man’s best friend. You don’t have to walk it or play fetch for hours on the weekend. You just need to chill it, twist off the top, and enjoy. Flinty aromas meet lime zest and pithy lemon notes. Medium-bodied, pure crisp, and pristine with mouthwatering, bright acidity. $22 at wine.com

Airplane Inspired Wine Glasses 

Riedel Winewings Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Glass

Upon first glance, the new Riedel Winewings wine glass appears to be rippling through space and time, or melting, or some other optical illusion. But make no mistake, this is a highly engineered wine glass from 10 generations of wine glass producers. Our executive wine editor Ray Isle says they are his new house favorite. And although they lack the clean lines of a classic bowl-shaped wine glass, the special design really does exchange aromas—an especially bulbous base creates a large amount of surface area, effectively and dramatically lifting bright fruit flavors straight up and out of the glass with a good swirl. The Winewings glasses come in varietal-specific shapes and styles for: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir/Nebbiolo, Syrah/Shiraz, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Champagne. $35 at amazon.com 

The gift of wine glasses must, of course, accompany a gift of wine. The muscular 2017 Resonance Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard from Yamhill-Carlton Oregon is the way to go. Maison Louis Jadot dragged their longtime winemaker Jacques Lardière out of retirement to spearhead Resonance. Delicious, deep, dark and brooding, like walking through a damp pine forest in the morning, layered with rich black cherry, boysenberry, and complex earthy notes, wild herbs, and a subtle cocoa spice finish. $40 at wine.com

Winemaker for a Day (at Home)

Vintner Jean-Charles Boisset has, perhaps unwittingly, created the perfect gift for any of those DIY dads out there. First, get him the Winemaker for a Day experience from Raymond Vineyards, which includes four 750ml bottles of Raymond wines for blending, graduated cylinders, pipettes, and an instruction booklet and blending worksheet. Then, book him an appointment to blend with someone via video conferencing. Lastly, after he’s emerged from his triumphant session with his final blend, jot it down, and order six bottles to surprise him with his custom blend, in a custom-labeled bottle. It is the Father’s Day gift that keeps on giving a few weeks after Father’s Day, when the wine arrives at your doorstep. $200 at raymondvineyards.com

Father-Son Winemaker Wines

Zuccardi 2014 José Zuccardi Malbec Uco Valley Argentina

Argentina’s legendary family, the Zuccardis, are now into their third-generation of family winemakers. Alberto Zuccardi, father to Jose Zuccardi and grandfather to Sebastian Zuccardi, son of Jose, are all making wine—together. And they’ve got it down. Their 2014 Jose Zuccardi Red Blend (Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon) comes in 750mls, but is twice the fun in 1.5-liter magnums. Earthy with distinct red dusty iron-like minerality. Savory spiced and cured meat, scorched earth, dark chocolate. It’s a pretty, ephemeral wine with delicate wild berry fruit, savory herbs and spices, and grippy, firm tannins that coat the mouth but give way to nice mouthwatering acidity. Give it a good half-hour decant to open up. $43 at wine.com

2018 Landform Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Father-son duo Chris and Josh Phelps are continuing to make waves in California. Chris is the consulting winemaker to his son Josh’s new project, Grounded Wine Co., and one of their recent releases is Landform Pinot Noir, a powerful, energetic, fruit-driven Pinot Noir from Oregon. $25 at groundwineco.com

Wine Tote

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Scully & Scully’s Leather Tote

This hand-made naturally tanned calfskin tote is the last wine tote you’ll ever need to buy Dad. It holds two bottles, and is so attractive, don’t be surprised if he starts wearing it around the house. Comes in orange, burgundy, and green. $295 at scullyandscully.com 

The Nightcap

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Covenant Winery “Double-Edged Sword” Brandy

Distilled from Chenin Blanc grapes and made by Berkeley-based vintner Jeff Morgan of Covenant Winery. This small-batch run of brandy is the absolute perfect digestif: full and rich, with a silken mouthfeel and redolent of poached pears, Madagascar French vanilla bean, and pops of flinty, crushed stone minerality, with a beautiful finish of crushed Marcona almonds and flamed citrus zest. $175 at covenantwine.com 

Casa Dragones Barrel Blend 100% Blue Agave Añejo

If wine really isn’t Dad’s thing, fine. This is a luxurious sipping tequila matured in French and American oak, and it will do the trick—it’s certainly a refreshing alternative to gifting a bottle of scotch (though, there’s nothing wrong with that). Tell him to drop in one perfect ice cube, and pour a couple fingers, and relax. Silver-pale gold in color, it offers gorgeous baked agave aromas and whispers of incense and smoke. Creamy on the palate, with a smooth mouthfeel, pear flavors, roasted almonds, and spicy finish. $150 at reservebar.com