Bottoms Up: Wine-related gifts for Dad

Dad’s big day is almost here and what better way to show the main wine-loving man in your life how much you care than with a vinous gift of some sort. Lots of options are available to you so don’t fret. Here are some suggestions.

Favourite Bottle or Two of Wine: If you know what dad’s favourite wine is, grab him several bottles, or Google that producer and maybe find out what specialty wines they produce. Then you contact the LCBO, who can tell you who the agent is here in Ontario. The agent might carry a special bottling through their Consignment Warehouse program. Dad ends up with the producer he likes and a fab wine.

Wine Gift Baskets: Score several bottles of wine, display them in a nice wicker basket with coloured paper. Add a couple wine glasses, some cheese, crackers, chocolates and nuts, and you have a gift that’s bound to make dad smile from ear to ear. If stretched for time, I’m sure your local LCBO already has numerous gift baskets already prepared.

Wine Club Membership: Membership in a wine club is one of those gifts that keeps on giving. This way dad can explore his love of wine by hobnobbing with other likeminded folks on a regular basis. It will also offer him the opportunity to purchase wines that may not be available and possibly bring some home that you too can indulge in. Check out such clubs as Winetasters of Toronto, Ontario Wine Society, South African Wine Society, Australian Wine Society and the Opimian Society.

Wine Books: Wine books never go to waste and will provide your wine-loving old man with years of reference material. As a professional in the field, I use mine regularly. Check out The Cookbook Store on Yonge Street, for example. If you’re lucky, you might even get the book personally signed by the author. Signed copies of my award-winning Ask the Wine Doctor are available through my office or the Beach Metro office.

Wine Magazines: Here’s another gift that keeps on giving. Subscriptions to wine magazines will keep dad up to date on what’s hot, new and exciting in the wonderful world of wine. Try Vines, Tidings, Elite Wine Food & Travel, Wine Spectator, Decanter or Wine Enthusiast.

Wine Cellar Stuff: If dad is a collector, wine racking or storage systems never go amiss. Bottle tags or a wine journal for tasting notes will also be welcome. Check out The Wine Establishment on the Esplanade.

Wine Toys: There’s an incredible array of wine gadgets out there in the market today. Everything from special tasting glasses, decanters and corkscrews, to screwpulls, aerators, preservation equipment, nitrogen systems and wine thermometers will keep dad busy and make life with wine easier and more enjoyable. Check out The Wine Establishment on the Esplanade.

Tastings, Seminars, Courses: You can always enrol dear old dad in a wine course, tasting or seminar. The gift of education in a subject that he is passionate about will endear him to you. He may even pass on his newly found knowledge of wine to you, and that could translate into some great sipping.

Wine Software: If dad is an avid collector, there are lots of cellar programs, software and other computer paraphernalia out there that will make control and monitoring of his wines a lot easier. I guarantee he’ll thank you for it ten times over. Check out The Wine Establishment.

Trips: If you’re feeling particularly generous, the ultimate wine gift is a trip to wine country. Put aside a day and treat dad to a visit to near-by Niagara, Lake Erie North Shore, Pelee Island or Prince Edward County wine country. Lunch at one of many winery restaurants and taste your way through several wineries’ portfolio. This will live in his memory for a long time. Trust me on this. If your pop is into wine, any of the aforementioned gifts will score mucho brownie points with him.

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