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Five wines perfect for Father's Day

The best way to pamper papa on Father’s Day is to uncork something impressive AND release him from all responsibilities for a full 24 hours. Let the to-do list go undone. Free time, coupled with striking wine, is an irresistible gift. Enjoy the day with our lineup.

Bedrock Wine Co., 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel, $29. A zin that’s complex, with layered flavors of currant, plum, smoke and cracked black pepper. Zesty finish. Bright acidity. Knockout.

Balletto, 2016 Rose of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, 13.4%, $18. This rose is knockout because of its incredible quench. What makes it a standout is its great minerality coupled with layered, high-toned fruit. It has notes of watermelon, strawberry and mineral. This rose, no doubt, will turn heads.

Gloria Ferrer, 2013 Carneros, Sonoma Pinot Noir, 13.5%, $29. A supple pinot with bright red fruit, spice and crisp acidity. Great mouth-feel. A touch earthy.

Swanson Vineyards, 2016 San Benito Pinot Grigio, 13.4%, $21. An impressive pinot grigio with a range of flavors – pear, lemon zest and jasmine. What makes it a standout is its bright acidity and great balance. Lovely.

Miner Family Winery, 2016 Napa Valley Sauvingon Blanc, 13.6%, $22. This is a bright sauvignon blanc with gorgeous stone fruit, melon and mineral. Lively, up front fruit. Finishes crisp. Balanced. Smart.

Peg Melnik

Wine, The Press Democrat

Northern California is cradled in vines; it’s Wine County at its best in America. My job is to help you make the most of this intriguing, agrarian patch of civilization by inviting you to partake in the wine culture – the events, the bottlings and the fun. This is a space to explore wine, what you care about or don’t know about yet.

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