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Father’s Day gift ideas: Last-minute picks for dads who love beer, wine

Riedel's Veritas beer glass.

Riedel's Veritas beer glass.

Father’s Day is June 19. There are always some good last-minute suggestions for ways to celebrate the holiday and the star of the day.

Riedel, producer of so much elegant stemware, has a new addition to the repertoire. The very light Veritas glass ensures you’ll put any steins in storage till fall. And you don’t have to save it just for light beer. A summer ale looks just right. A set of two glasses is $69. Available at

Samuel Adams Summer Ale is in its 20th year, and a fine choice for the Riedel. It’s available through July, in six-packs (about $9) and 12-packs ($15 to $18); and in 16 ounce single-serve cans ($2 to $2.50).

For the dad fond of the Swiss Army knife, there’s the Barbarian Wine Tool. This device transcends even the Handy Housewife Helper that Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton immortalized in that great episode of “The Honeymooners.” The tool actually is nine tools, including corkscrew, can lance, citrus press, assorted knives, and zester. Available at, Nordstrom, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

The cabernet-loving dad will enjoy the 2013 Pahlmeyer Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($75), a concentrated and ripe red with blackberry and black cherry notes, leading to a long finish.

Pinot hunters will go for the 2013 Albatross Ridge Estate Reserve Pinot Noir ($55), a balanced and slightly earthy production from Carmel County, Monterey Valley; and the 2013 La Follette Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County ($42), full of red fruit.

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