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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

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— THE GUY WHO HAS EVERYTHING

There are a lot of people to look up to in the world of wine, but maybe none so literally as 7-foot-6 former NBA star Yao Ming. Ming's Yao Family Wines made its debut in 2011 with two choices, Yao Ming 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Yao Ming 2009 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. They're both priced in the special occasions category, the first coming with a suggested retail price of $150 and the second tagged at $625 and are available at a few fine wine shops by signing up on the winery mailing list. (http://www.yaofamilywines.com)

In the spirits category, cognac offers elegance and finesse, just the ticket for a dad with sophisticated tastes. Camus cognac fits the Father's Day theme well since it's now being run by fifth-generation member Cyril Camus. The line starts with the reasonably priced VS Elegance at $24; try it over ice for a refreshing change. But if you recently won the lottery or are celebrating a VERY special Father's Day, how about the Cuvee 5.150 which marks the family-owned company's 150th anniversary and rings up at $13,500 a bottle. Or maybe you need a bit more time to save up for that one.

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