wine gift-giving guidelines in mind -- "Don't buy someone wine that you think they should like; buy them what they will like."
These suggestions should get you started:
• Hey Mambo Sultry Red ($12, sample): Red California table wine that deserves better than its hokey back label. Simple, basic, and fulfilling, with enough black fruit to be noticeable, but not so much that it tastes like a juice box. Pair with grilled sausages, and don’t be afraid to chill it a little.
• Bodega Amalaya Tinto ($17, sample): Much better than than I thought it would be, with sweet cherry fruit that was more bright than stewed (which can be a problem with Argentine malbecs). It was still soft, but pleasantly so. A terrific barbecue wine.
• Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose NV ($17, sample): The decline in the euro means this sparkling wine may return to more affordable territory, which is worth waiting for. Crisp and bubbly and refreshing, with subtle cranberry and cherry fruit and just the thing for a hot summer Sunday.
More about Father’s Day wine:
• Father's Day wine 2011
• Father's Day wine 2010
• Wine of the week: Cellar No. 8 Eight
• Wine of the week: Villa Maria Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon
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