The following post was written by a new contributor to He Sipped/She Sipped. Her name is Deb Baratz, and she has kindly agreed to help add content to our blog, as well as cover some events that we are unable to get to. Without further ado, here's Deb's first post:
Father's Day: Last-Minute Wine Gifts
With Father's Day on Sunday, there's still plenty of time to buy your wine-loving dad a gift. Whether it's a bottle of wine or something wine-related, here are a few last-minute ideas.
If your dad is anything like mine, he's all about a steak dinner on Father's Day (or really, on day for that matter). When I think of a nice steak, I like to pair it with a Pinot Noir or a blend.
Suggestions: In a recent He Sipped/She Sipped, a bottle of Sokol Blosser Pinot was cracked open by our wine-loving couple and it received big thumbs up. The bottle is priced at $45.
I can be indecisive about which red to buy so a lot of times I choose a blend. A summer favorite is the Parducci Sustainable Red from Mendocino County. Its blend is 39% Zinfandel, 26% Syrah, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Carignane.
This spicy, drinkable dry wine has berry fruit flavors and pairs well with steaks and Italian food. On a warm summer evening, you won't feel like you're drinking a heavy red. This wine can be found at Whole Foods for $10.99 along with its equally good sibling, Sustainable White.
It's finally summer and 'tis the season to switch from reds to white on those warm days. Always a favorite and becoming more popular is Sauvignon Blanc. This dry wine has a lot of fruity flavors (grapefruit and lime), a zesty finish and for some, an acquired taste.
Suggestions: Kim Crawford from Marlborough, New Zealand is always a good standby with its pineapple and stone fruit flavors. It is reasonably priced between $15 and $18 and it can be found for less at Costco.
In a recent post, she sipped tried and recommends the 2009 Simi Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma. This California wine can be found for $15.
Other Wine Gifts
Maybe Dad is a picky about the wines he receives. If you don't want to buy him a bottle of wine and feel like it will sit in his collection like an unworn tie, here's a few other ideas.
A Wine of the Month Club - This will offer Dad an opportunity to try new wines, have the convenience of receiving a bottle of wine at his door and enjoy a gift that gives throughout the year, not just one day. You can find these clubs at either your local wine store or at your favorite winery's website.
Wine Magazine Subscription - Wine magazines are always fun to read because they not only include wine reviews and lists, but also recipes with wine pairings, travel articles centered around wine and new, interesting wine gadgets. A few suggestions include Food and Wine, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast.
And when in doubt, you can always run out and pick up a bottle of Dad's favorite wine. If the store doesn't have it, I bet he has a second one he'll enjoy just as much.