June 21, 2007

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Got milk?

Forgot Dad? Bring booze.
Both Scotch Dad and Gin Dad are easy to buy for
By Tim Protzman†tprotzman@sbcglobal.net

What did Dad really want for Fatherís Day?

A gas-powered string trimmer.

Thatís the ultimate gift. Thatís what I wanted. And Iím a dad so I know.

The real secret is your dad wants you to be happy, successful and independent. Spend time with him. Call him. Send a couple of cards. I usually send one in Spanish and one in English. Then my dad says, ďI canít read it.Ē

Then I say, ďIt says Happy Fatherís Day!Ē

Then he tells me, ďReally? I thought it was a Halloween card!Ē

He never finds out itís a Flag Day card with a family on it.

Itís easier to do a Flag Day wine tasting than a Fatherís Day tasting. Each dad is different. With Flag Day itís easy. A red, a white and Flag Hill Wild Blueberry wine, which also makes a great blueberry spritzer when mixed with plain club soda.

But dad could be a Scotch drinker or a beer man. Maybe he doesnít drink at all.

As a dad, itís really nice just to have a day where you donít have to make any commitments or you can play golf without guilt. Sometimes us dads donít even want to be asked what we want for dinner. Just make one of our favorites. And most of us have little quirks and pet peeves. Put the cap on the toothpaste for us on Fatherís Day. Do it our way that day. Itís a sign of respect, and thatís on every Dadís list. We know weíre set in our ways, but itís only one day. Little things matter. Even going to the video store with us for 20 minutes is a big deal on Fatherís Day. So if we get time, attention, consideration and respect then gifts and cards are just the frosting on the cake.

And if you didnít get a chance to give Dad a bit of cake on Fatherís Day, you can always make up for it with a trip to the liquor store.

Since weíre talking sweets, Iíd also like a bottle of Chocolate Stout. Rogue Brews in Oregon and Brooklyn Brewery in New York are excellent and they make a wide range of stouts, lagers, pilsners and porters if Dad likes a lighter, crisper beer. And you donít have to spend a lot on Beer Dad. He can be happy with a six-pack of Coors Light. Or give him the gift that lasts. A nice beer mug or pilsner glass. The gesture will have even the toughest Beer Dad tearing into his suds.

Scotch Dad is really easy to buy for. Get him his favorite brand if heís a loyalist or get him something exotic. This can get pricey and tear up a 50 pretty quick, though. So if Scotch Dad drinks Laphroaig, get him Johnnie Walker Red Label ($20.99) so he can serve it to guests. Oban ($49.99), Glenmorangie ($39.99 to $109.99) and Old Pulteney ($27.99) would give me a warm glow even before I opened the bottle. If Scotch Dad is potably adventurous try Clynelish 14-year-old blended Scotch whiskey ($49.99). It has a unique taste of peat, minerals and leather. It finishes crisply and is bone dry.

Iíve never met a Tequila Dad, but some of the premium Anejos arenít just for margaritas anymore. Sipping tequilas are growing in popularity, and a good bottle of fermented blue agave cactus juice enhances any bar and makes an exceptional cocktail.

I prefer silver or blanco tequila, which is clear. Anejo is aged in casks for at least one year. They are close in taste, with Anejos having a touch of caramel flavor. Here are my favorites: Corazon de Agave ($36.99), Don Julio ($41.99) and Herradura ($29.99).

Gin? Hendrickís ($26.99) is unique and flavorful. But for a martini Gibleys & Gordons ($6.99 and $8.99) are fine, and theyíre fine in other cocktails too.

Wine Dad, or in my case Whine Dad, might be a little fussy to buy for. Maybe just go to the store with him and wait around as he spends endless time going up and down the aisles from the pinot noir to the Burgundy to the Spanish section.

Hereís what I tasted this week, which was a surprising line up because each wine was nice and Iíd try and buy them again.
2005 Joh Jos Christoffel Erben ‹rziger WŁrzgarten Riesling Spštlese ($22.99). A delicious white wine whose flavors are as much of a mouthful as its name. Joh Jos Christoffel Erben is the producer. ‹rziger WŁrzgarten is the vineyard and Spatlese Riesling is the second stage of ripeness. Pear and honey flavors. From the Mosel region.
2006 La Battistina Gavi ($15.99). This might be the new pinot grigio. Itís from the Gavi region in Piedmont, Italy, and shows like a riesling and pinot grigio blend. Made from Cortese grapes.
2005 Montpezat ďPalombiersĒ ($17.99). an 80 percent Grenache, 20 percent Mourvedre from Languedoc, France. Inky and fruit-forward without much structure.
2004 Klinker Brick Zinfandel ($18.99). Dense and deep with a slight raisin tatse (think Amarone).
2004 Alto Moncayo Veraton ($24.99). A big Grenache/Garnacha wine from the Campo de Borja region in Spain. Very dark with elderberry tartness, the smoky green olive flavor of great Rhones and an untannic finish.


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5/3/2007 In praise of tastings
4/26/2007 Invention-tini
4/19/2007 More 'Mas'
4/12/2007 Futures in a bottle
3/29/2007 Uneasy glass of spring
3/22/2007 Chateau de blech
3/8/2007 Finding new beauties
3/1/2007 Infatuation or addiction
2/15/2007 The extraordinary ordinary
2/8/2007 A glass of sweetness
2/1/2007 A glass of sweetness
1/25/2007 Ham it up
1/18/2007 Cheating on wine
1/11/2007 Burning down the tree
1/4/2007 New Year's hangover
12/28/2006 Sins of the vine
12/21/2006 Kissing frogs
12/14/2006 Wine for horrible friends
12/07/2006 Like dregs in the wine glass
11/30/2006 Gift of calmer shopping
11/23/2006 YouTube for YouWine
11/16/2006 Welcome to wine
11/9/2006 Fine art, supermarket wine
11/2/2006 The geography of grapes
10/26/2006 Please continue to hold
10/19/2006 The trouble with reds
10/12/2006 Making new friends
10/05/2006 TiVo-ing the wine
09/28/2006 From an unknown battle
09/21/2006 Toast to turkey
09/14/2006 Wine for life
09/07/2006 What are Malpeques, Alex?
08/31/2006 Hanging out wines
08/24/2006 Falling into new wine season
08/17/2006 Where has that wine been?
08/10/2006 Bringing out the dead
08/03/2006 The birth of a wine fop
07/27/2006 Slow process of maturation
07/20/2006 The pain of adolescent wines
07/13/2006 Nice day for a white wedding
07/06/2006 Scoring goals with booze
06/29/2006 Beer, it's what's for dinner
06/22/2006 A drink fit for a czar
06/15/2006 A summer of beer and fried clams
06/08/2006 Keep your cool, fool
06/01/2006 The social lubricant
05/25/2006 Water, water everywhere
05/18/2006 Big fat greek wine tasting
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A Year Of Wine
An Around-The-World Holiday
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Behind One Door Is Great Wine
Beware The Hot Bottle
Brandy and the nude beach
Champagne, The Other White Wine
Cheers And Whines Of The Vine
Days of wine and jelly beans
Deep in the heart of Texas
Drinking for your health
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Drinking Whites After Labor Day
Finding A Great Medium-Weight Drink (I)
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Gifts for blood, love or money
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Grill and sip, sip and sip. Finding the perfect wine for barbecue
Hey baby, stay cool
How The Corleones Saved Wine

In Praise Of An American Wine
In search of the girl next door
Keeping it in the family
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Looking back at the heyday of cheap wine
Mondovino
My Big Fat Greek Wine Tasting
The Best Drinks On A Budget
The Highly Drinkable (Mostly) Merlot
The Long, Strange Journey Of Wine
Old French grape in the New World
Olť! to a week in wine
Opening the Parker book

Our French friends ó really
Our Northern Neighbor
Poker faces and wine

Presenting A New England Vodka
Presenting The Wines Of Spring
Rewarding Your Support Staff
Schooled In The Art Of Wine
Shopping for Wine Bargains

Sitting By The Fire And Dreaming Of Wine
Slipping A Little Sideways
Spending the holidays in NYC
Spirit World Tales
Springtime calls for wine and ice cream
Sudden ugly mood swings
The new face of fine wines
The wines of fall
Thinking ahead to the holidays
Time To Stay Frosty
Tipples for turkey day
TV worth drinking
What it means to miss N.O.
What To Drink When You Eat Wild
What's Your Wine Sign
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Wine for the NASCAR set
Wine is in at the Inn
Wineíll make you crazy
Wine Works With Red Sauce