Have you got a Napa Cab Dad or is he more of a Piedmont Papa? We realise fathers come in all shapes and sizes, with preferences ranging from the suave whites to bold and muscular reds, or even a delicate rosé. Use our persona guide to find the perfect fine wine gift for Father's Day...

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Top 10 wines for Father’s Day

Use our persona guide to decide which wine gift your dad deserves…


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The Lovable Rioja Rogue 

This headstrong spicy red with a smooth edge that can only come with age is popular among many dads of the same nature. Treat yours to a bottle from one of the world’s oldest and finest names in RiojaLópez de Heredia Viña Tondonia

López de Heredia, Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva, Rioja 1994 | £66

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The Rhône Wolf

Pamper your Châteauneuf-de-Papa with a gorgeous bottle of Clos des Papes 2013 — given 96 points by our expert John Livingstone-Learmonth. Good to drink now, or leave for another decade.

Clos des Papes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France 2013 | £57

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Champagne Charlie

Is your dad the life and soul of the party? It’s worth spending the extra cash when it’s a gift made for sharing. Like this 97-point bottle of Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne 2006. Give it to him in person, then hang around and hope he pops the cork for the occasion.

Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne, Champagne, France 2006 | £80

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Piedmont Papa

An offering for those regal patriarchs who identify with what’s often referred to as the ‘king of wine’ — Barolo. There are no half measures with this example from Vietti, given a whacking 97 points by regional expert Ian D’Agata, who described it as ‘like liquid silk but powerful’.

Vietti, Barolo, Rocche, Piedmont, Italy 2010 | £130

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Napa Cab Dad

These blokes like their wines big, bold and from the Napa Valley. Show some serious paternal appreciation with a bottle of Forman’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the finest of the region according to our expert William Kelley.

Forman, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2013 | £100



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Old School Francophile

Those classic gents who’ve held a lifelong devotion to the noble reds of Bordeaux will forgive all your teenage trespasses with a Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2010. Rated 97/100 by Decanter’s editor John Stimpfig, and just coming up to the opening of its drinking window.

Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France, 2010 | £127.50

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Monsieur Montrachet

If your dad’s been really good this year – or you’ve been a little awful – you’d better push the boat out and give him a bottle from the legendary white Burgundy region, Puligny-Montrachet.

Olivier Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières 1er Cru, Burgundy 2014 | £119.95

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Pink-loving Pater

Just as many dads love a salmon pink shirt, many also love to crack open a cool Provence rosé on a sunny afternoon. Deckchairs and BBQ at the ready, with a bottle of Rock Angel from Château d’Esclans.

Château d’Esclans, Rock Angel, Côtes de Provence 2016 | £25

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The Amarone Man

He knows what he likes and he likes what he knows. And he likes Amarone. Give him this prime Classico Riserva from Masi, and prepare for manly teary eyes of gratitude.

Masi, Riserva Costasera, Amarone della Valpolicella, Classico Riserva 2011 | £40.60

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Inspector Gadget

So it’s not a wine, but for a dad who has a shed-load already (or prefers to choose his own) — give him the latest in geeky wine gadgetry with the Coravin Model 2 Elite Wine System. Allowing him to open his prized bottles, savour a glass and then reseal them as before.

Coravin Model 2 Elite Wine System | £279

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Originally published on 7 Jun 2017. Written by Laura Seal for Decanter.com

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