Looking for red wines for Father's Day gifts?

Most of the western world – including Canada - celebrates Father's Day on the the third Sunday in June. It'll be here before you know it!

 

Neckties, pipes and slippers used to be the first choice as Father's Day gifts. Times have thankfully changed... Here's a short list of red wines, across a range of prices and varieties, to consider as gifts if your Dad or Grandpa prefers wine to beer.

Often sale-priced at Everything Wine for $5.99 or $6.99, Belle Grove Shiraz is still ridiculously affordable at its regular price of $10.99. Although the name has a kind of California vibe, the grapes are grown and the wine is made in Spain by J.Garcia Carrion – Europe's largest wine producer.

 

The quality of this inexpensive red is remarkable, considering the price. Tasting more like California than Spain, ripe jammy black cherry, plum and blackberry aromas and flavours are abundant in this medium-bodied wine. Buy a case if you catch it at $5.99 or $6.99. If you don't happen to live in Vancouver or Victoria, Everything Wine delivers directly to your door.

A more traditional Spanish red, Beso de Vino 'Old Vine' Garnacha $12.99 comes from Grandes Vinos based in Cariñena, south of Zargoza in north-eastern Spain. This 'Kiss of Wine' is likely available off-the-shelf at your local liquor store, wherever you live in British Columbia. Full of sassy red berry flavours – strawberry and jammy raspberry predominate – there's a thread of earthy white pepper running through the fruit.

 

A more adventurous red wine-loving Dad or Grandpa might be intrigued by a Petite Sirah. The result of cross-pollination of

Peloursin and Syrah vines by French botanist Francois Durif in the 1860s, Durif is also known as Petite Sirah in California, Israel, Mexico and Australia.

 

Better knows in BC for their Johnny Q Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz Viognier, Caravan Petite Sirah $15.99 is produced by Quarisa Wines in the Riverina region of Australia's New South Wales. This is a sturdy, full-bodied wine oozing ripe plum, prune and blackberry flavours with vanilla, chocolate and spicy notes from carefully managed exposure to oak.

Washington State's best wine grapes are grown in the rain-shadow of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains in the Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, Ancient Lakes, Yakima Valley and Wahluke Slope Viticultural Areas. Columbia Winery, located in Woodinville, Washington blends grapes sourced from different AVAs in varying proportions into every vintage of their wines.

 

The 2016 Columbia Cabernet Sauvignon $18.99 takes 85 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon and adds 5 per cent Merlot, 4 per cent Syrah, 4 per cent Malbec and 2 per cent Petit Verdot. Ripe blackberry and blackcurrant flavours are framed by notes of toasty oak, vanilla and cocoa in perfect balance in this easy to appreciate, elegant and under-priced red. Over 70 per cent of the

grapes for this wine were sourced from select vineyards within Horse Heaven Hills and Wahluke Slope.

Born and reared in France's Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is the result of a crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Savvy local wine-loving Dads and Grandpas undoubtedly already know that Okanagan Valley-grown Cabernet Franc grapes are giving us exceptional red wines.

 

SKAHA Vineyard perches above Skaha Lake south of Penticton in the Okanagan Valley. Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery's Gerry and Sue Thygesen's single vineyard SKAHA Cabernet Franc $25.85 opens with aromas of peppery blackcurrants and ripe black cherries. Black and blue berry and currant flavours slide through

ripe plums, anise and coffee into spicy, 'woodsy' tree-bark with every sip of this full-bodied red.ripe plums, anise and coffee into spicy, 'woodsy' tree-bark with every sip of this full-bodied red.

Trend-conscious wine-loving father figures are still busily exploring South America's red wines. As our fascination with Argentina's Malbecs evolves, we are beginning to realize what amazing red wines a little judicious blending can produce. Familia Zuccardi is one of Argentina's top wineries.


A blend of 80 per cent Malbec, 10 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon and 10 per cent Ancellotta, Zuccardi Tito $39.97 is named in

honour of Alberto 'Tito' Zuccardi who planted the family's first vines in 1963. Deep, dark, blueberry and blackberry notes set the stage for meaty, inky liquorice and hazelnut notes in the finish of this intense and magnificently complex wine.

 

There's a red, here, for every wine-loving Dad or Grandpa. Happy Father's Day

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