Five years ago, it would have been unimaginable to give dad wine for Father's Day. Back then, in the age before the millennial generation decided that it would make wine its favorite luxury beverage, we still bought our fathers ties, golf clubs, and Weber grills and smokers to celebrate their "special day."
But today, it only seems natural to give dad wine as a gift. It's an indication of how wine has been woven into the fabric of our lives -- like the ties of another era.
Here is a handful of wine recommendations for Father's Day that won't break the bank (even if you've got two dads).
Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir under $40 at Spec's
We've written about this wine here at Wine Time: This "Natural" wine from Willamette, Oregon, has just enough grit and earth to make it stand up to charred flavors of the grill, but its ethereal body won't weigh you down during the hot Texas summer (try chilling it slightly before serving).
Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco around $40 at the Houston Wine Merchant
The old-school-all-the-way packaging and style of this wine make it an ideal gift for someone new to the Nebbiolo (grape) category: It's a classic representation of the elegance and power that the wines from Piedmont, Italy, can express.
Neyer's Ranch Conn Valley Merlot under $40 at Richard's
Is Dad still stuck on Merlot? There should be a few bottles of organically farmed 2006 Conn Valley Merlot left at Richard's: This is gorgeous, balanced Californian Merlot, blended with a small amount of acidity-driven Cabernet Sauvignon (another good one to chill slightly).
Jadot Savigny-lès-Beaune Premier Cru Les Vergelesses under $30 at Spec's
Entry-tier wines from the historic Burgundy shipper Jadot can be a big turnoff to me. But the mid-range premier cru (first growth) offered by this famous négociant can represent extreme value, as in the case of this wine.
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López de Heredia Viña Gravonia Crianza under $30 at Spec's
Don't be alarmed by the age on this white wine: The current release in our market -- 2000 -- is showing beautifully. With nutty and stone-fruit flavors, this is a fantastic wine to pair with seafood grills.