Sommelier’s guide to the best wines for Father’s Day
Stuck for the perfect gift for dad this Father's Day? Wine is always the answer. Here’s how to pick the perfect bottle, plus a sommelier’s guide to five drops he’s sure to love.
It’s that time of year again. The national day of dadmiration is almost upon us and, like always, there is no gift money can buy that will adequately demonstrate how much our old men mean to us... At least, that’s what we tell ourselves at 9am on the first Sunday of September when we invariably end up pacing the aisles of the local liquor store because we had no idea what to get him.
If, like us, you decant (see what we did there) think of the ideal gift for the dad who has everything – wine is always the answer. Whether he’s a vinthusiast, French wine snob, occasional vine adventurer or just plain fussy, we caught up with RACV City Club sommelier Christian Maier to help you pick a bottle that’s sure to knock his socks off.
What does Dad like to drink?
This might seem obvious, but when it comes to buying wine, past bottle behaviour is a pretty good indicator of future sip preferences. That doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with new or alternative options. RACV City Club sommelier and resident wine expert Christian Maier says if you want to buy him a bottle that's not his usual go-to grape, the key is to choose something that is similar in style.
“There are two easy ways you can approach it,” Christian says. “You can get him a different grape variety from the same region, or you could get him the same grape variety from a different region.”
If your dad loves big, bold, Barossa shiraz, for example, he might like to try one from Heathcote, in Victoria’s north.
“This region is renowned for producing rich, full-bodied shiraz that is spicier and more savoury than its South Australian counterpart, but still has plenty of kick to it,” Christian says. “Or if you want to stick with the Barossa – you could go for something that is similar in style to shiraz, but different enough to pique his interest, such as a grenache or tempranillo. These still offer plenty of juicy fruit, but they also have enough body and spice to appeal to his bold side.”