Father’s Day is celebrated at mid- to end of June, which is a perfectly fitting month for this holiday: weather is at its peak with clear, beautiful, and sunny days, ideal for Classic Dad Activities like camping or hiking. All that’s left is a thoughtful gift! Read on for some carefully selected, big red wines from Napa or Italy that are as classic as your dad is:

For the Eco-Friendly Dad

St. Francis Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel – Maybe your dad is someone who cares deeply about ensuring the products he consumes are created with the environment in mind. If so, he’ll love this spicy, juicy Zinfandel from St. Francis, a winery that prides itself on green winemaking practices. St. Francis makes extensive use of solar installations around its vineyard and has implemented a large-scale system for water recycling. Your dad can enjoy this red with a clear conscience.

For the Dad Who Loves BIG California Reds

Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – For every dad that won’t touch a wine produced in the U.S., there’s a staunch domestic oenophile. This wine’s smooth tannins are emblematic of a classic Napa Cab. The grapes are sourced from both Sequoia Grove and Tonella Estate Vineyards in Rutherford. If your dad considers himself a “California wine snob,” his cellar won’t be complete without this bottle.

For the Outdoors Dad

Tenuta di Biserno Insoglio – Some fathers can’t get enough of the Great Outdoors and are always planning the next adventure and appreciating nature. If you remember camping trips or long weekends visiting National Parks, then this is the perfect wine for Dad to bring to the next barbecue, picnic, or hike. Serve slightly chilled, and pair with grilled meats or trail mix and a bagged lunch.

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For the Dad Who Cooks (or Just Loves Food)

Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo – Barolo shines best when paired with food. If your father is a foodie or even the family’s head chef, this Piedmontese wine is a must. The layered aromas unfold gradually, so be sure to open the bottle before dinnertime and taste while cooking and nibbling appetizers—preferably well-matured cheeses and savory Italian salumi.

For the Italian Father-in-Law

Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino – If you’ve married into an Italian family, you know the value of a stellar red wine at dinnertime. Impress your father-in-law with this powerful Tuscan, which is crafted entirely from Sangiovese grapes. An age-worthy wine of great depth and complexity, it pairs equally well with a thick porterhouse steak or rich fish such as sturgeon or grouper.

Father's Day wine line-up from Napa Valley and Italy

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