I have a lot to thank my Dad for. If it wasn’t for him and my Mum visiting a local winery so often when I was at highschool I wouldn’t have been offered the after school job that would spark my passion for the world of wine. Cleaning tanks with chemicals that ate through my clothes, labelling wine bottles for up to 8 hours straight, pruning vines in the vineyard and putting together platters to serve at the cellar door may have not been the most romantic job, but it did earn me some ultra cool points amongst my peers.
Like father, like daughter the saying goes in my house. My Dad is as big, if not a bigger wino than myself. Even though for the past 8 years we have lived in different countries we are still txting, skyping or emailing about our latest wine finds or what we’re drinking at the point in time.
He is by far the easiest person in my family to buy for and we’re both like little kids when opening the suspiciously wine bottle-shaped presents. I love shopping for my Dad and this year I just had so many ideas that I wanted to share them with you, just incase you haven’t got your present sorted yet.
Even if your Dad’s not the biggest wino, you may find something a little different, a little quirky, or even something a little out-of-the-(wine)-box for him. Father’s Day is just around the corner, Sunday 7th of September 2014.
1. Adopt-a-Vine in Australia, New Zealand or USA
When I was searching for a present idea for my Dad, the @FabLadiesWine on Twitter suggested this option and I think it’s fabulous!! When you sign up to adopt a vine your adoption pack includes:
- An adoption certificate
- A map of the vineyard where vine is located
- Invitation to ‘Hands-On’ Days at the winery or in the vineyard
- Priority invitations to events and wine specials at the winery
- Your (or your gift recipients) name on your adopted vine.
- A minimum 15% discount on wine purchases (conditions apply)
- A minimum 10% discount on winery accommodation (where available)
- Exclusive access to the Adopt-a-Vine member’s only website
- Special articles of interest and world-wide wine news
- A member card to identify you at other Adopt-a-Vine wineries throughout the world
Read more on the Adopt-a-Vine website.
2. Premium Wine Card – To make wine taste better
I received one of these recently after winning it in a competition and I haven’t actually used it yet but it definitely would make a quirky present! The Premium Wine Card is a credit card sized card with an embedded set of precise frequencies. When the card is rubbed against your wine glass it is meant to soften the tannins in your wine as well as perhaps giving it a fruitier smoother aroma, richer flavour and a softer mellow finish.
3. Wearing Memories Suit Button + Cuff Links
Does your Dad love Champagne? Then the gorgeous stirling silver suit buttons and cuff links are a fantastic way to thank Dad for being the best! The button and cuff links work as lockets so you can pop the caps from your favourite Champagnes in. Why not gift him a bottle of Champas too and he can keep that memory with him wherever he goes!
For more info on Wearing Memories, check out my post here.
4. A Winery Gift Voucher
We have all done it, at the last-minute realised the date and thought, **** I need to get a present ASAP. While a gift voucher may not be the most original idea, sometimes it does evoke people to get out and do something different, try somewhere new and perhaps discover new wines to add to the cellar or to the belly!
Check out my guide for Swan Valley Gift Vouchers.
5. Send him on a Wine Course
Most cities and towns will offer some type of wine education class or wine tasting. Grab him a ticket to one of these! You’ll be not only providing him with wine to drink but he’ll be doing it in an educational environment. That’s responsible present buying if you ask me! Plus there are also a wide variety of online wine courses if you cannot find anything suitable offline.
If you’re in Perth I can recommend the School of Wine by Christina Pickard. You can read all about Christina’s wine classes here.
6. Give him a Crafty Empty Wine Bottle
Now this one is a bit cheeky as it will require you to empty one or a few bottles of wine before being able to give the present! I do like this one for a present as it really gives it the personal touch.
You could create a lamp from an empty wine bottle, wine bottle planters for the patio or why not a wine bottle bird feeder! Here are 21 great uses for empty wine bottles.
So hopefully that helps you all in the search for the perfect Father’s Day present. If you’re still stuck for ideas then just grab a bottle and head on around to enjoy it with him or enjoy a drink together over skype!
A HUGE Happy Father’s Day to all the wine-loving Dad’s out there for the 7th of September!