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Make One Dad Happy

Posted on | December 23, 2010 | Written by Alexandra Hill | No Comments

The holidays are an especially busy time at IWM.  The phones are constantly ringing, holiday cards are being written, and wine is shipping out across the country.  As the eve of Christmas Eve approaches and the sound of ringing lessens, I am forced with the realization that I have not done the most important thing.

I have not chosen a bottle of wine for my father.

My father is a man of great respect; he is quiet, distinguished, and yet humble.  I want to give him something that he would never purchase on his own accord.  I have no doubt that a large format bottle will do the trick!  The question now becomes, which one?

After looking through our inventory, I have come upon two solid choices.  The first wine being the Giacomo Conterno Barbera Cascina Francia 2008 and the second is the Quintarelli Rosso Ca del Merlo 2001.  Both wines are dramatic, bold, and sophisticated.  However, I want to choose the one that best reflects his personality.  Like my father I want the wine to exude a sense of humbleness and of refined finesse.

There is no arguing that Quintarelli is a true gem.  The large format bottle only exemplifies this aspect.  It exudes notes of deep fruit and oak and exhibits rich, velvety tannins.   The Giacomo Conterno Barbera, on the other hand, is subtle and silky and has hints of licorice, tar, deep fruit, and smoke.

I am very much tempted to choose the Quintarelli, but this is a gift for my father and there is no better wine to express his personality than the subtle but distinguished Giacomo Conterno Barbera.  Sometimes it is better to choose a wine that reflects the gift-givee, and not the gift-giver, regardless of how much the gift-giver loves Quintarelli.


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