Father's Day is just about here, well almost, June 21st, and there is no better way to say Thank You or I Love You to those special people in your life who may be a father figure or just your personal hero.
Oh, and please don't forget about the single moms who keep it all together managing the family, kids, and schedules as she does the job of both mom and dad.
Here's a jumpstart on gift ideas or to serve with your celebratory toast to those near and dear. These wines are great for pairing with grilled meats and fish. What would Father's Day be without a barbecue!
Race Car Fans
Lewis Cellars "Race Car Red" 2006 -- Former race car driver Randy Lewis created this blend at Lewis Cellars for Sherry-Lehmann which is a well respected wine store in New York. This red has rich berry flavors with a hint of black pepper. You can purchase this wine at www.sherry-lehmann.com.
The world renowned movie mogul, Francis Ford Coppola is a winemaker in his free time. He purchased the former Inglenook winery and has turned his venture into a world class production of excellent wines for every budget.
Francis Ford Coppola's 'Diamond Series' Claret 2006 -- First, a bit of trivia, the name Claret is what the British call a Cabernet based red wine. Coppola's Claret is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc which add richness and structure and has flavors of black currant, dark cherry and spcice with a hint of pepper.
Cowboy, Bronco Rider, and Lover of All Things Equestrian
Wild Horse Winery was founded in 1981 and was named for the wild mustangs that roam the hills east of the vineyard estate. The free-spirited attitude and sustainable-focused vineyard and winery practices are what makes the winery unique. Wild Horse is committed to quality wine making, innovative wine growing techniques and responsible business practices.
Wild Horse, Chardonnay 2007, Central Coast -- This Chardonnay is a full and complex wine that is food friendly. It is made with grapes from select vineyards in California's Central Coast which has diverse climates and soils. The grapes from the warm climate and the coastal terroir give this wine its fresh fruit flavors of peach, apple, and lemon with hints of pear and honey and just the right balance of acidity. The wine is 100% barrel fermented and aged sur-lie.
Wild Horse Merlot 2006, Paso Robles -- The grapes for this Merlot are sourced from select vineyards in Paso Robles. It is a blend of 95% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French and Hungarian oak barrels this Merlot has aromas of cinnamon and red berries with flavors of baking spices, cobbler and subtle oak.
A Gardener's Delight
Flowers 2007 'Perennial Red' from Flowers Vineyard and Winery in Sonoma is a blend of 76% Pinot Noir, 13% Syrah, 10% Pinot Meunier and dash of Chardonnay. This full flavored wine has aromas of plum, strawberry, blackberry and raspberry with hints of coffee and chocolate. On the palate there are flavors of cranberry and cherry with well balanced acidity and tannins.
Flowers 2007 Chardonnay is a crisp wine with aromas of lemon, pear, apricot and wet stone minerality. This wine was aged for 10 months in oak.
For Your Hero
Two Hands Wines were listed in the Wine Spectator Top 100 for the last five years with two listings in the top 10.
Two Hands Yesterday's Hero 2007 from the Barossa Valley is a Grenache that is aged in oak and bottled shortly after malolactic fermentation. It has notes of cherry and strawberry and is pleasant on the palate with fine tannins and a clean finish. This wine has ageing potential.
For Dessert Lovers
2007 For Love or Money Barossa Valley Cane Cut Semillon from Two Hands Wines -- This Semillon is a deep gold color with a bouquet of fresh apricots, honey, lemon rind and tropical fruits and just a touch of baking spice. The luscious sweet fruits just rolls along the palate and the finish is sweet and a bit savory for just the right complexity. Soft cheeses and desserts are the perfect match for this wine.
The perfect ending to a perfect day.