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5 Wines to Pour This Father’s Day

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There are times when having a beer with your dad feels just right: a baseball game, a barbecue, an afternoon fishing. But on a holiday, you want to bust out the good stuff. This Father’s Day, show your dad how well he raised you by toasting him with a bottle (or two) of fine wine. Each of these wines fits a particular personality type, ensuring that he won’t be disappointed when he uncorks the bottle and takes his first whiff. None of these wines break the bank, either, offering further proof that he taught you how to manage money wisely!

Leviathan ($48) is a beastly California red blend featuring berry fruits, licorice and bittersweet chocolate notes, with hints of coffee and peppery spice. Renowned winemaker Andy Erickson never blends his wine the same way twice, so bottles are unique year to year and reflect the ever-changing terroir of California.

Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc ($17) boasts gentle flavors and aromas of lime, citrus, and lemongrass which compliment its stone fruit aroma. A mineral element gives presence to a Sancerre-like textural character in the wine. Based in beatific Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, the winery is situated on the Pacific coast among rocky island soils and warm ocean breezes, providing ideal growing conditions for world-class reds and stand-out white wines.

Rocca De Montemassi Calasole Vermentino ($15) reveals a silky texture with tart green apple, bright citrus, and stone minerals that lead to a long and refreshing finish. "Calasole" means "sundown" or "sunset" and is also the name of a mild breeze that sweeps through the Maremma hills in the late afternoon.

Cultivate Pinot Noir  ($28) is sourced from Santa Rita Hills, Santa Lucia Highlands, and Sonoma Coast, three of California’s top cool and coastal growing regions. As the wine opens up, earthy touches of earl grey tea and red rose petals emerge. Ten percent of Cultivate's profits are invested in the company's adopted school, E. Rivers Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia. The funds support the Franklin Covey "The Leader in Me" program.

Cru Bourgeois Chateau Haut Logat ($25) is full of finesse with a nose of dark berries and tobacco. On the palate, the Cabernet Sauvignon melds into top quality tannins, enhanced by subtle touches of toast. “Crus Bourgeois du Medoc” is a classification with a legacy that dates back to the Middle Ages. These wines are traditional Bordeaux blends from the Left Bank (based mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) and are all grown on a single château. They are also secretly some of the best value in France.