DADThere is something to be said for wine-savvy fathers, particularly on their special day. They understand they live in an agrarian culture and that there’s really only one season in Wine Country: harvest. They go for the latest wine gadgets, grilling books and tastiest bottling both budget and highbrow.

Here’s a look at some great gifts for Papa.

  • If Dad loves grilling on the Weber, here’s the book he’ll love – “Project Smoke” by Steven Raichlen. The author is well known for writing “The Barbecue Bible.” This includes a crash course in smoking and the seven steps to smoking nirvana. Raichlen is America’s “master griller” and hosts the popular PBS show “Primal Grill.” (Workman Publishing, 293 pages, $23.)

2)  If dad is crazy about gadgets, the Coravin Wine Preservation Opener will impress. It uses the latest technology to pierce the foil and cork with a needle, and with the aid of inert gas, pulls a pour through the cork and then reseals it. This is the ultimate for dads who may want to try pours from two or three bottles at a time. The opener starts at $199.95 (

  • If papa is crazy about pinot, here are two of note, one budget, one highbrow.

Budget – Martin Ray, 2016 Russian River Valley Rose of Pinot Noir, 13.2%, $25. What’s great about this tasty dry rose is its range of fruit – watermelon, kiwi and orange. Round texture. Crisp finish.

Highbrow — Goldeneye, 2014 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 14.5%, $56. This is striking pinot noir with tangy red fruit – strawberry and tart cherry – coupled with crisp acidity. Notes of herbs and mineral in the mix. Well crafted.

Why not pamper papa all month long? By the time you’re finished, you may well purchase all three gift ideas.


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