Your Father, he’s always there for you regardless of the stupid things you have done. He helps get you trouble and champions your accomplishments.
This year – get him something extra since we’re hopefully – over- the covid bump. Check out our picks~
Los Vascos: Cromas Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 2018
The cabernet sauvignon for the Grande Reserve is sourced from selected plots planted on the foothills of the mountains, as well as some of the older vines from the best plots in the heart of the estate. 2018 offered optimal weather conditions. The season started with average rainfall in winter and spring, which provided favorable conditions for bud break and fruit onset. Summer temperatures remained slightly below average, which allowed grapes to ripen slowly. This factor, combined with a great after season with no precipitation, was determining the harvest timing that started rather late once the grapes had developed fully and reached optimal phenolic ripeness.
Notes: Intense ruby-red color with glints of garnet. Initially, the nose presents scents of fresh strawberry, red cherry, gooseberry and blue flowers, followed by subtle notes of sea, tobacco, caramel and graphite. On the palate, the wine is generous with soft, yet lively tannins, leading into a long, lingering finish.
Varieties: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 5% Carménère
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Beer is the drink of the gods and pretty much, Dad doesn’t know how he could live without it raising you. Half Time in upstate NY ships great beer to almost anywhere.
My fave is the marble cheesecake by Decadent Ales, Deciccos, and Half Time. This 12.% ABV imperial stout is loaded with Madagascar vanilla bean, graham cracker, chocolate malt and biscuit malt. A soft chocolate aroma complements the velvety mouthfeel. Dad will surely love it.
Maison Marcel French Velvet
Masterfully created by Xavier Vignon, one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s most respected wine consultants, French Velvet is a truly generous and
unique expression of South Rhône.
Jammy, ripe plum and cherry flavors lead a lush and creamy palate transitioning into notes of dark chocolate.
Tequila Partida Blanco
The freshest expression of 100% Blue Weber Agave. Perfect for Father’s Day shots.
Fruit of pure Montepulciano grapes harvested from a single vineyard in Controguerra (province of Teramo), this wine tells with its dark ruby red color tones, velvety softness and intense aromas of ripe red fruit, one of the most interesting terroirs of the entire Abruzzo region. This gentle slope at 250 mt above sea level and about 12 km far from the Adriatic Sea enjoys a full Mediterranean climate. The manual harvest, carried out in the first half of October, is followed by the fermentation in steel tanks at controlled temperature and a first 12-month aging in French oak barrels. Afterwards, at least 24 months of aging in the bottle follows. Dense and full-bodied, it has vivid notes of blackberries, plums, blueberries, and black currant. Perfect match for roast lamb and stewed meat or for rich and spicy Asian foods. This wine is among the Marina Cvetic line of wines, which Gianni created for his wife. This lovely wine pairs beautifully with stews, cured meats, and a variety of cheeses and entrees.
FERRAGAMO Intense Leather eau de parfum
FERRAGAMO Intense Leather eau de parfum is a new olfactory statement for men and is a new chapter in the FERRAGAMO franchise that evolves and projects the fragrance towards a more intense, more decisive and more sensual interpretation of modern masculinity.
FERRAGAMO Intense Leather is a Leathery Aromatic Salty Creation with a deep contemporary twist, playing with contrasting notes of radiance and seduction.
Top notes capture the senses with the fresh soul of Mandarin intertwining with vivid Pink Peppercorn as the herbaceous magnetism of Clary Sage Absolute. Rare heart fuses juicy accents of Annurca Apple Accord with the floral elegance of Lily of the Valley and Orris. And finally, the base features Bright Musk and the mineral salty facet of Oak moss, spreading more distinction before relinquishing the Ferragamo Intense Leather Exclusive accord, sublimating to the House’s artisanal flair.
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Dubliner Irish Whiskey Bourbon Cask Aged
A perfect blend of single malt and grain whisky, aged in the finest bourbon oak casks, giving a warm and a smooth whiskey with a lasting finish.
Schumann’s Whisk(e)y Lexicon
A completely updated new edition of the classic guide to the whiskeys of the world by the whiskey expert from Charles Schumann’s famed Schumann’s bar in Munich.
This critically acclaimed guide to whiskeys of all types is back in print with its comprehensive coverage of every conceivable whiskey in precise, detailed, easy to understand yet delightful to read descriptions. While specially designed for quick and easy reference, the book is tastefully produced and handsome in its own right–the perfect gentleman’s gift.
Featuring over a thousand entries, this handbook discusses the world’s leading and lesser-known whiskeys, making it an ideal source for the aficionado and the budding novice alike. Every traditional type of whiskey is included: Scotch single malt, blends, vatted malts, single grains, and Irish, as well as those from the new world (bourbon, rye, and Canadian).
The book also takes a serious look at trendy new whiskeys emerging from Japan and continental Europe and explores how unique flavors are created through variations of ingredients, distilling techniques, and aging. Organized alphabetically in the style of a dictionary, the volume is rounded out with additional advice on serving, collecting, and storage. Every manner and nuance of whiskey is discussed between the book’s elegant covers.
SelvaRey Owner’s Reserve
The pinnacle of the SelvaRey collection, Owner’s Reserve is a premium aged rum hand selected from the deep cellars of Master Distiller Don “Pancho” Francisco Fernandez. The “Owner” in Owner’s Reserve, Bruno Mars tasked the rum making legend with blending his finest aged rums across the distillery’s best vintage blends to make a highly nuanced, deliciously smooth offering that would rival the best aged rums on the market. A pure expression of Panama’s unique terroir, this 40% abv sipping rum combines 15 and 25 Year Old blends, with a profound weight yet striking elegance. It begins with aromas of caramelized brown sugar, pipe tobacco, Pedro Ximenez sherry, and orange peel, while finishing with endlessly silky notes of baked apple crumble and roasted Brazilian nut.
Robert Hall 2018 Paso Red Blend
Among the rolling terrain, and in the middle of the districts, lies Robert Hall Winery located in the heart of Paso Robles. The winery proudly seeks its quality grapes from all 11 AVAs that make up the wine region, capturing the unique characteristics in the Robert Hall 2018 Paso Red Blend (SRP $20).
Petite Sirah (43%) and Zinfandel (19%) are the heartbeat of the wine, along with Syrah (21%) and Petit Verdot (10%), along with a few other red varietals, to highlight the best qualities of the vintage. It was then aged in French and Eastern European oak for 18 months. Crafted to be big, dark, juicy, and with the approachable qualities that Robert Hall enthusiasts have come to love. The Paso Red Blend is bursting with aromas of berry cobbler, savory herbs and tobacco. The full-bodied wine is textured with fine-grained tannins on the mid-palate, accompanied by a long and spicy finish that pairs well with smoked meats, burgers or your favorite Spanish-style tapas.
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Old Trapper Beef Jerky
Old Trapper handcrafts its jerky from savory, tender, and high-quality meat. The company uses only the freshest seasoning ingredients and real wood-fired smoke to create a tasty, guilt-free and take-anywhere snack. It is low in calories and carbohydrates and high in protein, as well as packed full of iron and zinc, which are essential minerals that help boost the immune system and fuel the body. Hi-res image here. Four Varieties: Old Fashioned, Teriyaki, Hot & Spicy and PepperedMSRP: $6.00 for 3.25 oz. Available at grocery/convenience stores nationwide and www.oldtrapper.com.
The best cocktail shaker since Prohibition. The modern, sophisticated design of Shaker33 turns the traditional cocktail shark on its head. The Shaker33 includes several new features that solve the woes of the classic cocktail shaker and lets users effortlessly create exquisite professional cocktails. Shaker33’s leak-proof, easy-to-open and smooth pour functions give amateurs and pros alike perfect cocktails, all the time, every time. The design features a top that locks into place, removes easily, and eliminates spills and leaks for easy one-handed shaking. The locking dual-flow strainer has larger holes one one side for a fast pour and smaller holes on the other for a finer strain. Each shaker has a nesting top that stores the strainer, which keeps the bar clean from sticky messes. In addition, its patented design keeps condensation low – chilling just the drink and not hands. Shaker33 is available in black, frosted and stainless steel options. Strainer colors come in cosmo red, sunset orange, sky blue and lime green. MSRP $29.95-$39.95 and available at www.Shaker33.com.
Duke & Dame – because dad needs a taste of the good life for Father’s Day.
A high quality blend that true whiskey lovers will appreciate , the salted caramel flavor makes for a premium flavored liquor that stimulates the senses at each stage of the drinking process, with an incredible aroma, remarkable taste, and an extremely smooth finish. They begin with a harmonious blend of 100% corn whiskeys meticulously selected by Master Blenders, including two-year aged Bourbon, which introduces slightly charred orange and toffee notes. The unique flavors and characteristics of the individual whiskeys combine to create a rich, balanced and extremely smooth blended whiskey that perfectly complements the natural flavors and aromas of salted caramel.
Duke & Dame is available for purchase online here in 38 states as well as distributed in Florida, Michigan and New York. MSRP ranges by location $25-30. They’ve received awards from The Sip Awards International Spirits Competition, International Whisky Competition, New York International Spirits Competition and San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
BOMANI infused delicious 100% Arabica cold brew coffee with clean, naturally gluten-free alcohol. At only 110 calories, 0g carbs, 0g sugar, and as much naturally-occurring caffeine as just over a half a cup of coffee, you won’t feel guilty enjoying the liquid gold that’s inside this can.
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The perfect campfire-esk scent with very strong notes of smoke, a dab of juniper and hard woods. In other words, perfect for your rugged pops!
Detroit City Distillery, an independent craft distiller of small-batch artisanal spirits, will bring back its limited-edition spirit, Summer Rum, made in collaboration with some of Detroit’s best bartenders. As the name suggests, Summer Rum is only available for the summer and will be available from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend at the Distillery, local bars and liquor stores.
“Everyone in the bar industry is anticipating the return of The Roaring Twenties and expecting a summer for the ages. When we made Summer Rum in collaboration with some of our favorite bartenders, we called it ‘Detroit’s industry love letter to rum.’ This year, that message has new meaning, because we all survived one hell of a year. We hope this rum is the celebratory drink of many and customers will support our hospitality workers like never before.”
Summer Rum is a blend of rums from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Guyana and the U.S. Virgin Islands and is distilled from sugar cane. The nose is full of Jamaican aromatics with ripe banana, pineapple and clove. The light rose gold body has a creamy mouthfeel full of Caribbean fruit notes like papaya, guava, mangos and coconut. The silky-smooth finish offers hints of lime, toffee and French Indie spice.
Local bartenders from Standby and The Skip, Grey Ghost and Second Best, Kiesling, Takoi and the Monarch Club helped blend this rum, making it a spirit that is uniquely-Detroit in flavor and style. They are Joseph Dopke, Brent Foster, Andrea Kaji, Alex Kirles, Will Lee, Rudy Leon, Kyle Marks, Drew Pompa, Joe Rob, KaTrell Thomas and Chas Williams.
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