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June 14, 2013

A pairing for every patriarch: Think type, not tie, when picking a bottle for Dad on Father's Day

— Forget the tie. Think bespoke booze for Father's Day, specifically a beverage tailor-made to suit the hobbies father knows best.

Of course, to do that you first have to decide who, exactly, is your daddy. The type of guy who likes to putt? Or someone who's happiest when merely puttering? Is he sporty? Handy? Or maybe he's that most challenging of giftees, the man who has everything. Whatever the type, we've got a few suggestions to help you pick out that perfect bottle.

— THE SPORTS FAN

Lots of choices in this category, including a number of wines by NFL greats such as legendary coach Dick Vermeil (http://www.vermeilwines.com) of the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs as well as former Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers player Charles Woodson (http://www.twentyfourwines.com). Is dad more of a brew guy? Radeberger Pilsner (http://www.radebergergruppe.com) is a classic German Pilsner made with barley malt, hops and water from the brewery's own well.

— THE GRILL GURU

Port isn't what comes to first mind when selecting a summer wine, but a chilled tawny port can be delicious as a barbecue aperitif or paired with dishes such as grilled scallops. Two to try are Taylor-Fladgate 20-year-old Tawny and Graham's 20-year-old Tawny. Does your dad's typical backyard bash involve inviting the whole block over? Consider Ravenswood Vintners Blend Old Vine Zinfandel, a hearty, meat-friendly wine that's priced reasonably enough at $10 to $12 a bottle to allow you to grab a case.

— THE MOVIE MAVEN

For 007 fans, a No. 1 choice might be The Macallan, a single-malt scotch featured as James Bond's favorite drink in the recent box-office hit "Skyfall." Interesting fact, Macallan did not pay for product placement of the scotch, which Bond and M are shown drinking and which is also used in an edgy scene featuring an unfortunate game of William Tell-style marksmanship. (http://www.themacallan.com)

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