[THE STIFF STUFF]
HE DRINKS: Scotch
INTRODUCE HIM TO: Small-batch Mezcal He loves the smoky, peaty, flavors of single malt. Unlike Tequila, mezcal’s agave is actually slow roasted in clay pots under ground before being mashed, creating a downright sexy and super-smoky sip with a tropical fruit and slight honeydew finish.
SURE-BET BUY: Del Maguey Tobala
HE DRINKS: French Bordeaux
INTRODUCE HIM TO: South American Blends Turn his world upside down with top-notch Bordeaux- style blends from south of the equator in Chile and Argentina. The grapes are the same, but the terroir and prices are a whole different ballgame.
SURE-BET BUY: Caliboro Estate Erasmo
HE DRINKS: Budweiser
INTRODUCE HIM TO: Czech-style Pilsner Best imbibed ice-cold, this hay- hued style with its laser-sharp bitterness not only refreshes fast, it just may make his famous burger taste even better. If he balks, inform him Budweiser is not only a Czech name, the beer was originally based on the brews of Bohemia.
SURE-BET BUY: Pilsner Urquell
Tip: Give Dad the gift of time. No, not a new watch—vintage wines from the years his grandchildren were born. To score bottles from the best wine-producing regions from any given year, see the Wine Enthusiast 2013 vintage chart.