I don’t know about you, but I never can figure out what to get my father for Father’s Day. What do you get a man who has everything? I would like to say that I can provide the answer in this column, but that is just wishful thinking. However, I can give you some ideas. Here are a couple different varieties of wine gifts that you can give to your wine connoisseur.
Books are an awesome gift idea for anyone. I personally get a little too excited about getting books. They can range from quick and easy reads to the more intensive varieties. If your dad is a history buff and enjoys wine, one of my favorite quick reads is "The Judgment of Paris" by George Taber. "The Judgment of Paris" was the iconic event where California wines beat French wines in a blind tasting. George M. Taber was the only reporter present during the event, and he discusses the contest in great detail.
Another book that is a quick read is "Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France" by Kermit Lynch. If you are not familiar with Kermit Lynch, he is among my favorite importers in the United States. Personally, I have enjoyed every wine that I have tried that he has brought to the United States. His book is full of stories from his trip through France to experience wine country. One thing that I have learned in the wine business is that guests love stories. This book shares firsthand what some of the confusing regions of France are like in an approachable way.
—"Windows on the World" by Kevin Zraly
—"What to Drink with What you Eat" by Andrew Dornenburg
—"How to Love Wine" by Eric Asimov
—"The Flavor Thesaurus: A Compendium of Pairings, Recipes and Ideas for the Creative Cook" by Niki Segnit
I love accessories, especially when it comes to wine. The first accessory that any wine connoisseur needs is a nice wine tool. The first thing you want to look for is if the wine tool is double-hinged, which allows you to pull the cork out of the bottle swiftly and without making a mess. If you do not want to spend a lot of money, Riverside Wine and Spirits has great wine tools in their beer store. If you want a more trendy wine tool, BottleStockShop.com is the place to shop. Bottle Stock, based out of Los Angeles, is owned by a sommelier named Whitney Adams. She not only has a company that sells super-awesome wine stuff, but she blogs as well (brunelloshavemorefun.com).
Another accessory that I love is a decanter. Decanters come in all shapes and sizes. Some are even shaped as animals, which can be a little disturbing and obnoxious. However, the standard decanter is a must-have for any wine connoisseur's home. Decanters remove sediment from the wine bottle and allow wine to breathe and open up. Some wines need more time to breathe than others, so it is nice to decant before drinking. They are also great for making a dramatic presentation; if your server or sommelier has ever decanted a bottle of wine for you before, you know how special it feels. Decanters are nice gifts for wine lovers who often have get-togethers in their homes.
Books and accessories are always a great gift; however, sometimes it's just best to buy them a bottle of wine. There is nothing better than buying your father or husband a bottle of wine that will just make their day. Maybe they will even hold on to it, so you can drink it with them. Wishful thinking, I guess. Here are a few wines that will help show him how much you appreciate him.
—Grgich Hills 2010 Chardonnay, Napa Valley
—Diatom 2011 Chardonnay, Hana Shinobu
—Tensley 2010 Grenache Blanc-Roussanne, Camp 4 Vineyard
—Foxen 2011 Chenin Blanc, Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard
—Alejandro Fernandez 2008 Tinto Pesquera, Tempranillo Ribero del Duero
—Calera 2009 Pinot Noir, Mills Vineyard Mt. Harlan
—Feudi di San Gregorio 2006 Aglianico Campania
—Heitz Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
—Durigutti Reserva 2009 Malbec, Mendoza
Michelle Richards is a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. Along with hosting wine tastings for local organizations, she serves up wine goodness at St. John’s Restaurant. Your can contact her by email. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.