Buying wine for dad

From my father's day wine column:

Father’s Day is upon us and while traditional gift-giving may dictate bad ties or beer, I’d like to suggest a well thought out bottle of wine. OK, I’ll do the thinking for you. Here is a list of dad types and the wines those dads might appreciate.

Collector Dad: Barolo and Bordeaux are both age-worthy wines that a collector will have the patience to lay down until they reach their greatest potential.  If your dad is particularly nostalgic, try to find a vintage that is meaningful, like the year you were born.

International Businessman Dad: A world traveler might appreciate a bottle from a little-known wine region. China? Yes they make wine, but I’d stick with white. Meanwhile, the red blends from Lebanon’s Chateau Musar are an incredible wine adventure.

Camping Dad: To keep his backpack lighter, skip the corkscrew and get dad a screw-cap wine. Meiomi pinot noir is an excellent option since everyone loves it and it’d be great around a campfire. 

Sports Fan Dad: Major League Baseball has put out it’s own team-centric wines with 19 listed on the official MLB web site. Eventually all teams will have their own private label wine available for purchase on-line at 

Military Dad: Two former Marines created a line of wines called Jarhead including a red blend, a reserve red and a chardonnay. The proceeds from sales of Jarhead Red support the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation which provides educational assistance to children of U.S. Marines, with special assistance to families of fallen Marines.  

Hip Dad: Only the coolest kids understand that dry rose is the wine for all Florida occasions. It brings the refreshing chill and lightness of white wine with the layers of flavor and depth of red. Any rose from France should be dry, but the granddaddy of French rose is Domaine Ott in Provence. 

Teddy-Bear Dad: Anything from the Rhone Valley will feel like a soft embrace if you have a big ol’ softie for a dad. Reds from this region feature velvety syrah blended with a few spicy counterparts. The whites are a varietal bouquet of marsanne, rousanne, grenache blanc, and viognier, all of which are beloved for their aromas of honeysuckle and jasmine.

Couch Potato Dad: Amarone is a good pick since it’s easy to drink and is one of those rare Italian wines that doesn’t require food to be enjoyed. Since couch potato activities take place in the comfort of air conditioning a big, juicy red like this won’t feel oppressively heavy in the summer heat.

Rock Star Dad: If you catch your dad doing air guitar or drumming his pencils all the time, his inner rock star may appreciate something from the “Wines That Rock” line. There is the Rolling Stones Merlot, Woodstock Chardonnay, Grateful Dead Red, and The Police Synchronicity, which obviously is a blend.

Mouthfeel, by Julie Glenn