3 Canadian Wines for Every Type of Dad

Sometimes the hardest person to shop for just needs a nice drink.

Is there any person that’s harder to shop for than a father? Whether a tie, a mug, or a book, any gift you buy for Dad seems to pale in comparison to those for moms, brothers, sisters, and friends. Now that Father’s Day is upon us once again, and you’ve no doubt put off buying a present until the very last moment, there is only one foolproof option left: a bottle of good ole Canadian wine. Below, NUVO has rounded up three fantastic Canadian wines that can appeal to any type of (imbibing) Canadian dad.



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For the Grill Master: Nk’Mip Qwam Qwmt Syrah 2020

The only things that go together better than a dad and a grill is a glass of full-bodied red wine and the meat that gets grilled. Owned by the Osoyoos Indian Band, Nk’Mip Cellars is the first Indigenous-owned winery in North America, and it takes the stewardship of its traditional ancestral land very seriously. Unsurprisingly, the wines its produces are fantastic representations of that land. The 2020 Qwam Qwmt syrah harnesses the South Okanagan’s heat and rugged geography for a wine tailor-made for pairing with a Father’s Day barbecue. Actual sunshine not included.



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For the Renaissance Man: Culmina Dilemma Chardonnay 2020

Culmina Family Estate winemaker Jean-Marc Enixon brings a reserved, old-world sensibility to the sometimes-brash Okanagan wine scene. The Dilemma chardonnay that he made in the excellent 2020 vintage encapsulated his approach to winemaking while letting just enough Canadian bravado sneak into the final product. Fermented in 40 per cent new oak, 30 per cent one- and two-year-old oak, and 30 per cent stainless steel before spending a further nine months in barrel, this chardonnay from Culmina’s highest vineyard, Margaret’s Bench, finely straddles the line between unctuousness and austerity. This is a wine for the dad who can do it all—the true renaissance man.





For the Gamer: Laughing Stock Blind Trust Red 2021

Laughing Stock Vineyards sees wine as a game. With a name inspired by the roly-poly ride of the stock market, it’s able to see the humour in even the most onerous parts of life, let alone something as jovial as wine. With its 2021 Blind Trust Red, the Naramata Bench winery takes some of the most serious wine grapes and wraps them up in a package that begs drinkers to take them a little less seriously. I would tell you what they are, but then the game would be ruined. Buy this for Dad and have him try to guess which grapes are included in the blend. Make sure to keep the foil when you pull the cork—the answer is written on the inside.