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Great Father’s Day wines: Which wine persona does your dad have?

Is your dad a Champagne Charlie or more of a Châteauneuf-du-Papa? We realise that fathers come in all shapes and sizes, so here is a selection of our experts' picks of fine wines for Father's Day.

Use our wines for father’s day persona guide for some inspiration to decide which fine wine gift your dad deserves.

The Rhône Wolf

Would you describe your dad as a perfect combination of power and finesse? Pamper your Châteauneuf-du-Papa with one of Matt Walls’ favourite Rhône picks, selected in 2021.


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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. The original ‘Champagne Charlie’ could be an option for those looking to spend serious money. Try one of these top-scoring vintage Champagnes tasted last year.

Alternatively, there are plenty of options in our guide to the best non-vintage Champagnes to buy.


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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.  Decanter expert Michaela Morris focuses on the highly-esteemed Barolo commune of Serralunga d’Alba. Her wine recommendations are sure to please the most majestic of all.


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Malbec Man

Uncomplicated doesn’t have to be dull, and perhaps your dad is a man of simple pleasures; someone who loves a juicy steak with a glass or two of luscious red. 

Why not step it up a gear and indulge him in some of the top drops from Argentina? The Decanter team recommends a selection of fantastic Malbecs from Mendoza and beyond.

If you want to venture to Malbec’s original homeland in the South of France, Decanter‘s Georgie Hindle recommends 40 Cahors wines to try. 


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Napa Cab dad

Did your dad make waves in the 1970s? Would you describe him as a pioneer? Perhaps it’s time to reward his boldness with a great Napa Cabernet. Jane Anson explores some of the top Napa Cabernet wines from the Judgement of Napa.


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Suave Sancerre Sipper

Eloquent, erudite and a dab-hand at the pub quiz. Serve your sophisticated father some crisp Sancerre – learn how to choose the best with Jim Budd’s guide and recommendations.


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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, if you buy them a classic claret.

There is so much to choose from here, of course, but why not choose something for him to enjoy in the future? With the en primeur campaign in full swing, look at Georgie Hindle’s pick of the top scoring 2021 wines.

Otherwise, look back to a classic vintage with picks from the Bordeaux 2011: Ten years on tasting.


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Pink-loving Pater

If your dad loves to don a salmon pink shirt, then maybe a colour-coordinated approach is called for. Try a cool Provence rosé on a sunny afternoon, and he can dream of selling up and making wine, with one of Elizabeth Gabay MW’s top picks for summer.


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Pensive Pinot Philosopher

Do you regard your dad as one of the family’s great thinkers? Channel his inner Rousseau with some great reds from Burgundy’s famous ‘climats’.

For those seeking excellent value from the 2020 vintage, why not consider one of Charles Curtis MW’s top choices.

For a New World alternative, perhaps a premium New Zealand Pinot to indulge your intellectual.


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The Lovable Rioja Rogue 

With a smooth edge that can only come with age, Rioja can be a perfect match for those who love a deal; mature Rioja is still relatively good value versus other fine wine regions.

Amaya Cervera’s overview of 20 vintages explains which wines are great to drink now and which your father would be wise to keep for the future.


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Mâconnais Maestro

If your dad’s been really good this year – or you’ve been a little awful – then perhaps it’s time to push the boat out on some white Burgundy. Charles Curtis MW recommends the top five vintages ready for drinking.

If his tastes lean stateside, you might like to pick up a slice of California with one of Ronan Sayburn MS’s Sonoma Chardonnays.


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Inspector Gadget

So if it’s not a wine, but for a dad who has a shed-load already – or prefers to choose his own – how about a Coravin system?

Otherwise a Decanter Premium subscription, including the Premium App, will give him 1,000 tasting notes a month from Decanter‘s experts. 


Original copy by Laura Seal. Recommendations updated by Elie Lloyd Ellis in May 2022. 


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