What better way to toast Father's Day than with a bottle of silky smooth Pinot Noir from Sanford Winery, the first to plant the now ubiquitous grape in the Santa Rita Hills of California? Not only does the forward-thinking winery employ sustainable farming practices, it also conserves water, eschews chemicals and pesticides, and maintains a 127-acre land trust for native flora and fauna. The result is a fresher, more vibrant wine—we love the berrylicious 2006 vintage which blends grapes from Sanford’s estate vineyard, La Rinconada, with fruit from the Sanford and Benedict Vineyard next door. Good wine plus family equals a fantastic way to celebrate Dad. Cheers to that. Available here for $35.

This article originally appeared in Plenty in June 2008. This story was added to MNN.com in June 2009.

Copyright Environ Press 2008

In vino veritas
Find a great Father's Day gift in this sustainably-produced pinot noir.