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Father's Day Gifts for Dads Who Love Wine

Remember: It's the thought that counts, not the price tag.

By Bob McGinn June 15, 2020

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Like most people, I enjoy receiving presents, so I look forward to Fathers Day, which comes this Sunday, June 21. I am fortunate that my family knows I especially enjoy wine, so I don’t have to feign joy upon receiving a tie I would not wear, a book I would not read or golf balls.

My family and most of my friends know the type of wine I receive is not so important; it’s the consideration involved. Whatever they choose is welcome. It would be nice to receive a bottle of Chateau Margaux or Domaine Romanee-Conti, but no one I know would spend that kind of money, so that remains a pipe dream. I am not a pink wine person, either, so if I received one, I would really have to muster up some courage to show appreciation. Naturally, I would try my best to enjoy it or re-gift it to a more suitable individual.

So what would be an appropriate wine for you to give your dad? Unlike most personal gifts, wine is meant to be enjoyed with others, so my first suggestion is to offer a wine you like and would enjoy consuming with your father. I can’t imagine a nicer scenario than sharing a glass of special wine with Dad over dinner or even just cheese and crackers. It might develop into a nice bonding experience. I know I would look forward to it.

Sharing wine with Dad assumes he enjoys wine and has similar taste. More and more men are drinking wine and prefer hearty red wines, so if you don’t have a special wine, consider a domestic cabernet sauvignon, merlot or zinfandel. Many good examples are available between $15 and $30. Again, it’s the consideration that counts—not the price or label. I am sure he will appreciate the thought and opportunity to share it.

If, on the other hand, your dad is a wine aficionado, more research may be necessary. A highly rated vintage or limited bottling might be fitting. A wine from your birth year, or your child’s, would be really special, if means allow. Consultants are available at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Total Wine & More and other retailers, or use for gift sets.

Another welcoming alternative would be treating your father to dinner at a top restaurant such as Michael’s on East or Ophelias on the Bay and share a nice bottle of wine. Allow him to make the selection or defer to a sommelier or possibly pick a bottle yourself. If you take a photo, it would make for a lasting remembrance

For another memorable and personal gift, consider ordering a wine bottle and glasses hand-painted by local artist Nancy Janish. If you wish a personal message on your wine bottle instead, she can paint it for you. Her contact number is (716) 997-8727.

Bob McGinn has spent his entire career in the wine industry—forming wine clubs, working in wine sales marketing and engaging in all facets of the winemaking process, including vine management, fermentation and yeast analysis. He has developed wine programs for companies such as Marriott, Sheraton and Smith & Wollensky, and consults with local restaurants. You can read more of McGinn’s work at

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