“what am’ I going to get my Dad this year?”
By Zane Foley
Father’s Day is that special day of the year where we gather to celebrate the Dads in our lives. It’s also that special time of year that sneaks up on us and we find ourselves asking, “what am’ I going to get my Dad this year?” More importantly, how do we get him something he doesn’t already have?
This father’s day vine.ly has you covered. Instead of scanning the internet for last minute gifts or heading to the mall to battle crowds, we’ve complied the perfect list of thoughtful vinyls and spirits you and your father will love.
Each one of the vinyls is paired with a bottle of spirits to set the table for evenings Dad will revel in. We’ve taken into consideration the ritual of listening to your favorite vinyl while enjoying your favorite spirit. Something that says, take a load off Dad. Spend some time relaxing and taking it all in. Better yet, get up and dance Dad! You’ve earned it more than you’ll ever know.
Maybe these vinyls will remind your Dad of simpler times. Or maybe it’s the record you two used to listen on his way to taking you to school. Either way, pairing vinyl with spirits is a classic, ageless, and thoughtful gift; and we’ve made sure we picked something out for everyone. Whether pops has his feet up in his study or serving guests some good times, your Dad is sure to smile at the site of these perfect paired gifts for Father’s Day.
Johnny Cash American Recordings
Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Yr Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnny Cash needs no introduction. The country-folk singer has recorded more than just music in the history books. And surely, all Cash albums are perfect for father’s day. But his American Recordings album from 1994 portrays a particular freedom and accomplishment from the country icon. Rick Rubin and American Recordings saw a man written off by Nashville and Columbia Records and gave him his own studio and microphone to record whatever he wanted. The results were a raw, masterful composition that blended a man and his guitar like this 18 year blended scotch whisky from Johnnie Walker. As the American Recordings might not be the Cash album most associated with the icon, this bottle of Johnnie Walker is not one of the labels people associate with the brand. However, both provide something better than the obvious choices, for true fans of Johnny Cash and true disciples of Scotch Whisky. The combination will have your pops feeling like a man’s man.
Bob Dylan “The Times They Are a-Changin”
Domaine Desjourneys Moulin-a-vent Les Michelons 2012 (Beaujolais Red)
How many aisles must a man walk down, before you find your Dad the perfect father’s day gift? A little Bob Dylan or a lot of Bob Dylan achieves the same results. Thoughtful, palpable, and meaningful song lyrics that have us reflecting on our lives as well as the times. It has been passed down through the grapevine (see what we did there) that Bob Dylan’s drink of choice was a Beaujolais red wine. Often, considering the amount of success the musician and poet obtained, Dylan was known for drinking ‘cheap’ red wine — especially when writing. Maybe after a glass or two of this Beaujolais, your pops will be writing his own songs too. Beaujolais gets its name from being wine specific to southern France. This bottle of Domaine Desjourneys from 2012, is just like Bob, taking the classic and folk nature of wine and music and making it truly unique. The Times They Are a-Changin’ is Bob Dylan’s most influential work. If your father marches to the beat of his own drum, this is the perfect gift for pops. Warning* may cause your father to write poetry.
Buena Vista Social Club Double Vinyl
There’s a special ingredient in Tequila that makes its partakers want to dance. It’s the same with Spanish guitar. The Buena Vista Social Club combines the rhythmic accents associated with Latin music and the surging nature of city life. It’s perfect for the man who has one foot in the folk shoe and the other in the city shoe. He’ll play this record while preparing salmon with a arugula salad, or when his guests have arrived after the ball game and want to cap the night off with a few drinks. Is it needless to say the Buena Vista Social Club is all about… being social? That’s what brought us to Casamigos Tequila. Casamigos Tequila is the perfect conversation starter for any get together. If your father is the type to relish in his gift of gabble, Casamigos is the tequila heard around the world after famous actor George Clooney and friend Rande Gerber started the brand after touring Tequila factories in Mexico. Essentially the duo tasted every factory possible before creating their own and sold it just a few years later for over a billion dollars. He’ll tell this story to friends and family how Clooney tasted every major tequila in Mexico, but you’ll love the tequila so much it won’t ever get old.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
Grey Goose Vodka
Not every Dad wants a record and a glass of their favorite spirit for relaxation. Some of our fathers have just as much energy as they did when they were 25 – maybe even more. vine.ly invites you to celebrate your father’s spirit with Queen’s iconic Bohemian Rhapsody album, an album packed with opera ballads and one of a kind assembles of instrumentation. The album maintains a certain abstractness but yet, never feels out of reach. Your father might be zany, eccentric and a little wild, but he is never out of reach when you need him. That being said, something as classic and iconic as Queen has to be paired with a spirit of the same quality. Grey Goose Vodka is sophisticated, tasty, but relatively affordable. Mention to your father how you both can pay homage to the great Freddie Mercury, whose favorite cocktail was a vodka tonic. You’re your Dad’s number one fan so get him a gift that’ll have you cheering for an encore.
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
Courvoisier Sherry Cask Cognac
There’s just something about vinyl, jazz and cognac that hits all the right notes. It’s like wearing your dad’s old college sweatshirt as he cooks you your favorite childhood dinner. Serve it up next to a glass of this limited edition Courvoisier Sherry Cash Finish Cognac, and you’ll both have a new favorite adulthood spirit. The Courvoisier Sherry Cash won double gold as ‘best cognac’ at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and for any cognac lover becomes the biggest no-brainer of Father’s Day gifts. The same can be said for Jazz lovers of Miles Davis. Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue is the number one selling Jazz album of all time, selling an impressive rate of 5,000 copies a week. The solos and ensemble work of Davis shines next to his sidemen John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. Your Dad deserves nothing but the best — so get him the best of cognac and jazz!
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Some last minute gift ideas for wine and spirit lovers
Some last minute gift ideas for wine and alcohol lovers
Any type of spirit is usually a good present for someone who enjoys a glass or two, and after the year we’ve had, we all deserve a drink.
If you’re still looking for a gift that will not only quench their palate, but also teach them something and even lead them to start a collection, we have some suggestions. They include games, unique whiskies and subscriptions services.