Father's Day Gift Guide: Wine-Related Gifts from Dr. Vino
Would he prefer a tie or red wine? For this dad, the best Father's Day gift is not a tough call. Here's a short list of wine and wine-related gifts for dads who went long oil futures—and those who didn't.
Read Like a Billionaire
The fantastic book Billionaire's Vinegar reads like page-turning fiction. This inside view of the world of fine wine collecting derives dramatic force from the intrigue surrounding the auction of some 18th-century bottles of wine from the collection of Thomas Jefferson—or not. For those of us who haven't had a 1921 Petrus from magnum recently, we can rejoice in the fact that many of the remaining ones are likely fakes. $14.97, from Amazon.com
Uncork Like a Billionaire
Chateau Laguiole makes the ne plus ultra corkscrew that will last a lifetime (providing the TSA doesn't confiscate it). Try here with a horn handle or even a handle from a yew tree planted in Marie Antoinette's day at Chateau de Versailles. $129.95, from Amazon.com
Vacation Like a Billionaire
"Tile roofs, sky-blue shutters, warm creamy stone, plashing fountains, 13 varieties of olive trees on a steep terraced hillside, 75 acres of vineyards"—sound like fun? Well, you'll have to try a wine estate other than Chateau Miraval in Provence since Brangelina have just rented it for three years.
Don't Drink Like a Billionaire
For those who didn't go long oil, there are always my value vino picks, ranging from the delicious A et P de Villaine Mercurey 2004 ($33.30 and up, find this wine) or perfect pairing for grilled meat, the Chateau d'Oupia Minervois (about $11, find this wine).