Toasting over a bottle of wine (or two) is a great way to connect and show you care.

There is nothing more important to Dads and Dad-figures than spending quality time with their kids at family BBQs.

To celebrate Father’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of top wines and experiences that will enhance the occasion and make them feel extra appreciated. Cheers to Dad!

2016 Jackson-Triggs Bourbon Barrel Aged Merlot


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Dad will love this Bourbon Barrel Aged Merlo. This is because it’s characterized by lush notes of cassis, pepper, and spice. The concentrated flavours and rich tannins made this wine ideal for a unique finishing process, where it was aged in small-batch Kentucky bourbon barrels to deliver well-integrated notes of vanilla and butterscotch. It has also been carefully crafted, with only 500 cases released.

Dad will love pairing it with a structured meat like venison, or pasta in a rich marinara sauce with pancetta and mushrooms. This wine is also an ideal pairing for cheeses like Cheddar, Parmesan, Havarti, and Provolone.

2020 Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Chardonnay


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Harvested from the Montague Vineyard in the sub-appellation of Four Mile Creek, this classic single-vineyard varietal shows aromatics of toasted vanilla and cream, while flavours of pear, green apple and spice contribute to a long smooth finish.

Dad will appreciate that this is a very versatile white wine for both sipping and pairing with a wide variety of foods. For instance, he can enjoy this wine with; baby spinach salad with aged cheddar and lemon vinaigrette; cedar-planked halibut or salmon with parsley butter sauce; seared scallops or lobster; butternut squash with thyme roasted apples. The possibilities are endless!

2019 Le Clos Jordanne Pinot Noir


The 2019 Pinot Noir is a tightly wound marvel of complex purity: a synthesis of richness and raciness. This is a must-have for Dad this Father’s Day!

It initially screams varietal Pinot Noir, then soon opens up to a rose-petalled, plummy, anise-scented amalgam of floral red and black raspberry perfume (or is it mulberries?), with only a barely visible whiff of woodsmoke upon release that will doubtlessly soon integrate into a fruit-and-terroir-driven complexity.

2022 Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon


Show Dad how much you care with this unique bottle of Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine. Paso Creek grapes are sourced from Paso Robles, not your typical Californian wine destination. Where they’re grown, they persevere through the wildest temperature swings of any grape-growing region in California, resulting in deeply concentrated wines, delivering the utmost bold ­favours.

This Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine opens with complex aroma layers of black cherry, vanilla, dried fruit, and black pepper with a hint of cigar box.

2019 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir


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Kim Crawford wines appeal to many- Dad included! This favourite Pinot Noir is full-bodied with intense plum and wild cherry flavours. Notes of toasted oak provide a lingering finish.

As a result, Dad will love pairing this wine with barbecue dishes, red pasta sauces, red meat, pizza and aged cheeses.

Published by HOLR Magazine.