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For Father's Day, a pairing for every patriarch

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  • Tom Davies samples a Yao Ming Family Cabernet Sauvignon wine during an auction Napa Valley at Raymond Vineyard in St. Helena, Calif. Might your dad want to try a bottle from the NBA star's winery for Father's Day?

      Tom Davies samples a Yao Ming Family Cabernet Sauvignon wine during an auction Napa Valley at Raymond Vineyard in St. Helena, Calif. Might your dad want to try a bottle from the NBA star's winery for Father's Day?
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  • Dad might enjoy Turn 4 wines for Father's Day.

      Dad might enjoy Turn 4 wines for Father's Day.
    Associated Press

 
By Michelle Locke
Associated Press

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.

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The sports fan

Lots of choices in this category, including a number of wines by NFL greats such as legendary coach Dick Vermeil of the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs as well as former Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers player Charles Woodson. Is dad more of a brew guy? Radeberger Pilsner (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.

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 are sourced from Sonoma County.

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

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 and Arnold Palmer who collaborates with Luna Vineyards in the Napa Valley.

The auto racing aficionado

Turn4 wines are named after the most exciting turn in the track. Try the California Cabernet Sauvignon, fruity and elegant. The Andretti Winery in Napa Valley founded by race car legend Mario Andretti is another option.

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.

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