Top Presents for Pops

Dad will no doubt love these 10 drink-centric gifts for Father’s Day.

On Sunday, honor thy father with presents from savvy sommeliers and Wine Enthusiast editors. These gift ideas are geared toward all kinds of drink-loving dads, from spirits connoisseurs to wine-obsessed carnivores. Best of all, dad won’t be mad that you blew your 401k on his Father’s Day gift—you’ll find presents to be proud of at every price point.

For the Book Lover: The Ultimate Guide to Whiskey
Price: $30

“Give your dad a bottle of nice single malt, and he’ll drink well for a week,” says sommelier Charles Prusik of Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Morristown, New Jersey. “Give him Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide by Michael Jackson, a noted whiskey expert, and he’ll learn how to drink well for life.”

 

For the Ultimate Home Entertainer: High-end Wine Accessories
Price: $37 and up

“Wine accessories don’t have to be gimmicky,” says Joseph Hernandez, associate digital editor. “Normann Copenhagen’s Basic series (pictured), which includes a foil cutter, stopper, corkscrew and wine pourer, is an elegant collection made for the modern home. With titanium-coated stainless steel and silicone, these durable items are scaled back and dignified, the perfect balance of form and function.”

For the Detail-oriented Dad: Wine Tasting Diary
Price: $45

“Designed for those with an organizational bend, this burgundy-colored leather book will help your dad record and recall his favorite wines,” says Marina Vataj, digital editorial manager. “In addition to descriptors in English and Italian, and prompts for vintage, bouquet and place of origin, this highly detailed wine diary also includes a label saver, so Dad can visually revisit his greatest wine discoveries.”

For the Cocktail Aficionado: Striking Bar Set
Price: $65 and up

“British design brand Tom Dixon recently released a collection of modern barware, including highball glasses, decanters and jugs with hand-painted copper detailing that will look great on any bar cart, preferably filled with wine or batched cocktails,” says Hernandez.

For the Beer-drinking Dad: Mobile 6-Pack Holder
Price: $70

“Whether he’s hitting a craft beer festival with friends or hanging out in a designated man cave, brew-loving dads will appreciate this smart six-pack beer holder and tasting set,” says Alexis Korman, contributing travel editor. “The mobile carrying case includes two wooden paddles and six tasting glasses for an easy beer-flight setup, plus an old-timey bottle opener is built right in. Add six unique brews, wrap it up, and you’ve got a multifaceted gift he can use right away.”

For the Wine-loving Carnivore: Meat-friendly Red Wine
Price: Varies depending on retailer

“California winemaking veteran Eric Laumann likes to focus on exploring rarely planted varietals under his Cambiata label. His Santa Lucia Highlands 2013 Dornfelder and Monterey 2012 Tannat are some of the burliest and baddest bottlings on the market, perfect for a dad who needs something hearty to go with his charred cow,” says Matt Kettmann, contributing editor. “The 2012 Tannat offers tart fruit as a balance to its heft, but the 2013 Dornfelder lets it all hang out, with minty, chocolaty and blueberry jam goodness.”

For the Spirits Connoisseur: Very Rare Rye
Price: Approximately $120

“The standard 10-year-old expression is bold and delicious, with plenty of spicy bite characteristic of rye, but Whistle Pig’s special, limited-edition Old World Series rye whiskey layers nuanced dried fruit and honey, making it a superb sipper,” says Kara Newman, spirits editor. “You don’t often see Madeira or Sauternes used to finish rye, making this an unusual bottle and unexpected gift.”

For Fans of Vintage Vinos: Fragile Cork Remover
Price: $125

“I think The Durand is one of the coolest wine products out there now that won’t break the bank,” says Todd Philips, sommelier at Azul at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami. “It combines a corkscrew and an Ah-so wine opener in one so Dad will never break an older cork again.”

For the Serious Wine Collector: The Coravin 1000 Wine Access System
Price: $299

“The Coravin allows you to access the contents of a bottle, and relieves you of the pressure of having to drink it all at once,” says Anne Krebiehl, contributing editor. “If Dad’s got the cellar, now he needs a Coravin. It’s great for impromptu tasting sessions, for sampling, for checking out what’s in his cellar, or for helping him make up his mind on what he’s going to drink.”

For the Unique Gadget Collector: Wooly Mammoth Wine Key
Price: $400

“Not only a great gift, but also an awesome conversation starter, the Mammoth Laguiole En Aubrac Waiters Corkscrew is ideal for dads with a penchant for one-of-a-kind gadgets,” says Adem Sash, wine director at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in Las Vegas. “Featuring a wooly mammoth bone handle, a limited number of these wine keys is available, making it the kind of gift Dad can use with close family and friends, plus he can play up its exclusivity.”

Published on June 17, 2015
Topics: Gift Guide, Wine Gifts, Wine Tools
About the Author
Alexis Korman
Contributing Editor

Currently based in New Orleans, Korman joined Wine Enthusiast as an editor in 2010 and has been authoring trends-driven travel, wine, cocktail and food content for over a decade, including work for publications like New York Magazine, Fodors.com, The Travel Channel, Premier Traveler, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune and amNY. In addition to her role with Wine Enthusiast, she’s a short fiction writer, and is co-founder of Big Easy ‘Bucha—an artisanal kombucha beverage company that gives back to food charities in New Orleans. Email: akorman@wineenthusiast.net




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