Remember when it used to be difficult to buy something for Dad? You’ve grown out of making school projects for him to keep on his desk at work–and who goes to work at a desk these days?–and it has been a challenge to find something that Dad both wants and doesn’t already have.
But do not fear the challenge. Creative and delicious ideas abound with this list of Father’s Day food gifts and more.
Manly food gifts for Dad
The Journeyman Salumi Club is the ultimate meat gift for dads
Charcuterie, the French approach, and Salumi, the Italian way, are all the rage in restaurants, bars, bistros and picnic baskets. And its also one of the best Father’s Day meat gifts.
Journeyman Meats in Healdsburg, California, is the passion project of winemaker Pete Seghesio and has evolved into an artisan manufacturing plant and restaurant and butcher shop.
For Father’s Day 2020, a subscription to the Journeyman Salumi Club at $27 (plus a small shipping charge) a quarter is both reasonable and a delicious treat that lasts all year. Member benefits include exclusive parties if you happen to visit the area at the right time. www.journeymanmeat.com
Wine & steak for unique Father’s Day gifts
Full-bodied red wine and grilled steak are an ideal pairing. Subscription-based Palmaz Vineyards is a high-tech marvel featuring contemporary, high-end California wines that drink beautifully now and age with grace. The Palmaz family also operates Genessee Valley Ranch, featuring sustainable, 100% grass-fed Wagyu beef. (This is another one of my favorite meat gifts for dad.)
Gift dad a wine or a ranch beef subscription https://palmazvineyards.com/club
Wine gift baskets for dads
Gift baskets always make an easy out for gift giving. But most dads aren’t really into a cello-wrapped wicker basket. Luckily, there are cool ways to replicate the gift basket idea in a pared down but definitely delicious package.
The Vice Wine, with its huge variety of all Napa-bred wines made by Moroccan-born POC winemaker Malek Amrani, offers several gift bundles with free shipping.
While Dad would like any of these fabulous boxes, we though “Big Napa Red” sounded just right, with a Malbec, Zinfandel and Tempranillo–all seriously manly red wines. But feel free to choose another gift set. They all ship free. Many of The Vice Wine’s are rated 90 points and above by Wine Spectator and are more affordable than most other Napa–grown wines. www.thevicewine.com.
Fire+Wine cookbook is one of the best Father’s Day food gifts
This grilling book by wine-loving, bbq-creating couple Sean Martin and Mary Cressler, is the great choice for a dad who loves cooking. The Oregon couple’s cookbook puts a Pacific Northwest twist on bbq and smoking. The recipes are the kind he will actually make. And they are ones everyone can enjoy. The wine pairings are a bonus. And a great cookbook is a gift that keeps on giving.
From Sean: “You don’t need a fancy smoker/grill set up to do these recipes.” He adds that you can get it delivered from Amazon, Powell’s or any favorite online store.
Buy Fire+Wine now from Amazon and put a photo in the comments if you have the book or cooked from it!
Good Father’s Day gifts in grooming
When it comes to gifts, it’s important to give the special men in our lives what they really want. And some dads want to look as good as they feel.
So for the father who understands the importance of a first impression, men’s grooming brand Bevel offers great gift ideas for Father’s Day.
Bevel Shave Kit
Give the gift of smoother skin with no more bumps. In a clinical trial, 100% of users saw smoother skin. This luxurious set comes packaged in a gifting box with a safety razor, shave brush, 20 blades, restoring balm, shaving cream and priming oil.
Bevel Trimmer + T-Blade Bundle for Father’s Day
Bevel’s award-winning Trimmer plus the T-Blade offers p to 8 hours of precision and
performance for next-level lineups to get cleaner, closer and faster cuts. Set includes blade, bear oil, microfiber bag, brush and charger.
Alternatively, you can customize a gift that really shows you care by picking up an assortment of Bevel products you think will best suit your guy.
To select the best Father’s Day gifts for the special dad in your life, go to getbevel.com.
Wines for dads by dads
There is not shortage of ideas for wines that fathers will love but some stand out because they are projects of love between winemaking fathers and their offspring. What could be a better Father’s Day wine gift than a wine that celebrates family relationships?
When the teenage son of renowned winemaker Darryl Groom expressed an interest in making wine, Dad let him have a go at it. But Colby Groom, who had undergone two open heart surgeries as a child, made a red blend with a purpose; proceeds would go to cardiac research.
Sold at all major beverage and grocery stores, Colby Red has raised over $2 million for heart-related research. And Colby just became old enough to drink it legally! Find out how to give Dad a gift that makes a difference for Father’s Day 2020 at www.colbyred.com
Fathers and Daughters Cellars
This winery has a mission “We’re embarking on a multi-generational adventure, exploring three of the best things in life: fathers, daughters and wine.” Guy Pacurar is the father of two daughters and when the youngest, Ella, was 8 weeks old, Guy and wife, Sarah, plopped her in a backpack and set about their first harvest in 2012.
Sarah and her own father had developed the famed Ferrington Vineyard that supplies fruit to top wineries on the North Coast as well as their own label. The family also owns the luxurious Brewery Gulch Inn on the Mendocino Coast.
Check the website for their latest releases at www.fandcellars.com.
Personalize your father’s wine gift
Give Dad the gift of your personalized Pinot Noir from Fiddlehead Cellars, and who knows, you might become his favorite! The best part is, you get to honor Dad with a photo label to make him smile. Perhaps a portrait, a family outing, his favorite sport…you decide!
Fiddlehead has designed four custom frames, or simply go frameless.
Our Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir two-vintage blend is made with 100% estate-grown Fiddlestix Vineyard grapes and is certain to make a great impression on all the Fathers out there. It is smooth, accessible, and delicious.
With the special of only $5 shipping, everyone can raise their glass to Dad…even when he is telling (bad) dad jokes! The Father’s Day 2020 special is $30/bottle and $5 shipping on every 3 bottles. Wine must be shipped to a single address. http://www.fiddleheadcellars.com/fathersday.html
Father’s Day gift ideas in spirits
Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky: Islay-based Ardbeg successfully straddles the line between tradition and innovation. An ideal Scotch whisky for the tried-and-true dad or the young adventurer. Ardbeg offers wide range of fun and fabulous deluxe whiskies with great names from the island of Islay. I’ve highlighted my Father’s Day gift picks with tasting notes below. You can learn more at https://www.ardbeg.com/en-US
Ardbeg Wee Beastie: This is the latest permanent expression to join the Ardbeg core range – and at just 5 years old, this feisty and intensely powerful smoky whisky is untamed by age. 47.4% ABV, $46.99.
Ardbeg 10-Year: Delightfully complex, spicy, smoky and peaty, it’s Islay in a glass. 46% ABV, $56.99.
Ardbeg An Oa: A rounded, smoky-sweet expression named after the circular, rocky Oa peninsula on the southern end of Islay. The combining of whiskies aged in new oak, ex-bourbon, ex-Sherry and French oak offers a unique drinking experience. 46.6% ABV, SRP $59.99
Ardbeg Uigeadail: Honoring Ardbeg’s freshwater source, the marriage of various casks in the warehouse include whisky aged in ex-Sherry for enhanced notes of raisin, orange and spice. 54.2% ABV, SRP $79.99
Ardbeg Corryvreckan: Named for a treacherous whirlpool near Islay, this full-bodied, high-proof expression tastes of the sea and adventure. 57.1% ABV, SRP $89.99
This cognac makes an indulgent Father’s Day present
For a gift Dad will treasure all year long, a gift of Larsen Aqua Ignis Cognac, the first cognac in the world aged in steam-toasted barrels, is absolutely divine.
Larsen Aqua Ignis marks a special milestone for the Maison Larsen: each cask, made of traditional French oak, is plunged into hot water then toasted over hot fire, three times. This technique releases the most complex and finest aromas from the wood while keeping out undesired smoky notes, tannins and acidity. The result is delightful, with intense aromas of vanilla, toasted bread, mocha and brioche and a long and silky soft finish. www.cognac-larsen.fr
Cool Father’s Day gift for the Gin lovin’ Dad
Lastly, Tara Jasper of Sipsong Spirits is featuring my favorite gin and tonic kit for Fathers Day! Indira, her favorite craft tonic pairing, dried orange garnish and orange honey bitters from flora Luna. The kit is $59. And if you live in Sonoma County, CA , it ships for free. What a deal! www.sipsongspirits.com
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