Raise a Glass to Dad

Dad’s are fantastic…right up there with Mom.  With Dad’s special day around the corner, how to you show  your appreciation for his wisdom, encouragement, discouragement, support and constant love?

With cocktails….  Yes, Dad loved the tie, he cherished the paperweight, he still wears the cuff links….but for a wine and food lover like me and my Dad, fine wine and spirits are always appropriate.  Here are some ideas if your Dad is the same. 

Pogo’s Wine and Spirits is having a “stay-cation” wine sale, that I interpret as a “grab some great wine while you can” sale.  Sale prices good through June 20th.  Some selections include:

Clos de L’Obac 2004 Prirot reg. $79.99 SALE $59.99, 95 points, The Wine Advocate.

Domaine Lafond Chateauneuf Du Pape Roc Epine 2006 reg. $42.99 SALE $29.99,
89 points, The Wine Advocate.

La Valentina Bellovedere 2003 reg. $54.99 SALE $39.99, 90 Points, The Wine Advocate.

Tikal Amorio 2007 reg. $34.99 SALE $29.99, 92 points, The wine Advocate

Crush Wine Shop has a 1/2 case special, while supplies last, for 2005  Jayson Pahlmeyer  Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir for $39.99 a bottle (normally around $65 each).  Hall Cabernet Sauvignon is also on sale for $29.99 a bottle, normally around $40.  Both are incredible NapaValleyCabernet.  Each worth every penny at full price, sale prices make it extra special for Dad (or yourself.)

Sigel’s Wine and Spirits is holding a Tommy Bahama Rum tasting on June 12th and 13th at their Fitzhugh and Addison locations.  Each location is  raffeling off Tommy Bahama store gift cards for Dad in the amount of $125 each.  Stop by for a taste of Tommy’s Ultra Premium Rum, try to win a gift card, and take home a bottle of Miner Family Oakville or Stagecoach Cabernet.  Sigel’s is the only shop in town carrying this Napa favorite.   It is worth the trip to try it.

For the Scotch lover a single malt is the only way to go, and Macallan always delivers.   Earn bonus points withDad withanything from the Maccallan10 year old, filled withhoney, oak and fruit and witha reasonable price point around $40, to the impressive Macallan18 year old Sherry Oak single malt.  This selection is filled with dried fruit, cloves and toffee on the palate, and around $150 a bottle, is for the Dad that knows great Scotch and wants to celebrate it.  For the Dad that sees Scotch as sustenance, Macallen has created the 30 Year Old MacallenMasters of Photography Collection.  Each bottle is a work of art, with a photo by fashion photographer, Rankin, at the Macallen Estate adorning the label.  With a price point around $1700, this is a bottle that Dad will cherish for many years. 

Sam’s Wine and Spirits out of Chicago has an idea for the Dad that may want to learn a little more about the nuances of wine, that you might get to enjoy as well.  Wine tasting kits, to go….each kit comes with 4 carefully selected bottles of either red or white, whatever your preference, with tasting notes, pairing ideas and more.   Each kit is only $49 and can be ordered through Sam’s and shipped directly to Dad.

Herredura, from the heart of Mexico’s tequila producing region makes 100% blue agave tequila, and they have a flavor to fit any Dad’s taste.  From their Blanco with a hit of vanilla, perfect for mixing in Dad’s favorite Margarita, to their Herradura Selección Suprema .  This sipping tequila is aged for 3+ years in American Oak,  lending deep, sweet spice and floral flavors with a long, impressive finish. 

I am a fan of Igourmet.com, and they have a special treat for Dad…or any food lover in your life…the “trio of briefcases” includes a fully functional briefcases packed with grilling sauce delights, meaty salamis from France, Germany and Italy, and cheesy selections including Beemster Extra Aged Gouda and Denhay Farms Mature English Cheddar.  The entire pack is on sale for about $80, and shipping is free until Father’s Day.