Top Father's Day Wine Picks

Give Him a Bottle of Wine Based on His Unique Personality

Dads are unique and varied in their tastes, so this year, avoid the generic gifts of tools and ties and opt instead for a great wine that truly speaks to his personality. Here are several suggestions to get you started.

For the “Sophisticate” . . . 

Dads who appreciate the finer things in life are sure to find this Tuscan Brunello immensely satisfying. Just like his personality, this wine reveals itself in layer upon layer of complexity and intrigue. It also ages with grace and dignity allowing Dad to enjoy it in the years to come.

San Giorgio Ugolforte Brunello Di Montalcino 2005, DOCG, Tuscany, Italy, 212431, $48.95




For the “Party Animal” . . .

Dads who have lots to celebrate either professionally, in their family life or who simply have a vibrant social life will surely appreciate this both charming and classically elegant Champagne from the renowned house of Deutz. Given this personality type, you can never have enough great Champagne in the house in case an occasion to celebrate arises or just simply the mood strikes and a glass of bubbly is in order.

Deutz Classic Brut Champagne, Ac, Champagne, France, 710038, $54.95



For the “Hometown Boy” . . .

Dads who take pride in all things local whether that be a sports team, home-grown food from his own garden or the achievements of those he grew up with will surely appreciate this local Pinot Noir star from our very own Niagara Peninsula. Le Clos Jordanne has been producing Pinots that have commanded worldwide attention. Each vineyard site has been carefully selected and exhibits its own distinctive personality. The Claystone Terrace has consistently produced a masculine, earthy and musky style which has great appeal among men of good taste.

Le Clos Jordanne Claystone Terrace Pinot Noir 2008, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench, Ontario, Canada, 33951, $45.00


For the “Funny Man” . . .

Dads with a sense of humour will surely appreciate this distinctive, Rhône-style blend that delivers both class and impact on the palate. The eccentric producers of Bonny Doon took inspiration from an old French law, still in effect today, that prohibits the landing of flying saucers (“cigare volant” in French) in the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape under penalty of fine or imprisonment.

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant 2006, California, California, USA, 975847, $39.95



For the “Ambitious Man” . . . 

Dads who yearn for a wine that delivers plenty of bang for the buck are sure to appreciate this bombshell of a red from South Australia. A muscular blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Grenache, this wine is hot, structured, forward and reveals plenty of sensuality.

Quarterback 2007, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia, 219451, $27.95


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Sara d'Amato is a Toronto-based wine consultant, sommelier and feature critic at A graduate of the University of Toronto and Niagara College's winery and viticulture technician program, she was the youngest and only woman to win the grand prize at Canadian Renaissance Wine Tasting Challenge in 2006 as featured in CBC's Wine Confidential Documentary. Sara has been awarded The Ontario Hosteliery's Top 30 Under 30 Award and is a staunch promoter of local wine and gastroculture.

Sara is a member of the Wine Writer's Circle of Canada and continues to participate in judging wine competitions across the country. Currently, Sara sits on the board of the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers.