Another option is the Director's Cut wines from director-turned-vintner Francis Ford Coppola of "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now" fame. The limited production wines sourced from Sonoma County come with a wraparound label modeled after a Zoetrope strip, one of the earliest moving picture devices. (http://www.franciscoppolawinery.com)
— THE HANDYMAN
Is your dad the kind of guy who disappears into his workshop for hours in search of a better mousetrap? He might like Lucid Absinthe. Popular in the 19th and early-20th centuries, especially in France, the anise-flavored spirit was banned due to concerns that it contained dangerously high levels of the chemical compound thujone, found in the key absinthe botanical ingredient Artemisia Absinthium.
But environmental chemist T.A. Breaux wasn't convinced the experts were right. A Louisiana native, Breaux had some pre-ban bottles of absinthe. He ran it through the mass spectrometer and, hey presto, found only trace amounts of thujone. In 2007, Lucid, produced in France, was approved for importation to the United States.
— THE GOLFER
Scotland is the home of golf and of Scotch whisky (no telling if those two are related), and a good gift for the dad who golfs might be Johnny Walker Double Black, a smoky, complex whisky. Or, try a single-malt whisky like Oban 14-year-old, which balances sweet and smoky with a slightly briny finish.
If dad likes wine, a number of golfers have gotten into the wine business, including South African Ernie Els, who produces wines from his country's Stellenbosch region (http://www.ernieelswines.com/) and Arnold Palmer who collaborates with Luna Vineyards in the Napa Valley. (http://www.arnoldpalmerwines.com/)
— THE AUTO RACING AFICIONADO
Turn4 wines (http://www.turn4.com) are named after the most exciting turn in the track. Try the California cabernet sauvignon, fruity and elegant. The Andretti Winery in the Napa Valley founded by race car legend Mario Andretti is another option. (http://andrettiwinery.com/)