Drinks: some picks for dad

Toast dad with whiskey -- or vodka, or

Toast dad with whiskey -- or vodka, or wine ... Photo Credit: AP

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Uncork Father's Day. He deserves a toast. A few ways to honor him:

Papà, uno

The 2007 Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva La Forra, a first-class, single-vineyard red made only in top years, full-bodied and generous. $50.

Papà due

The 2008 Angelini Piazzo Barbaresco, all nebbiolo, a Piedmontese aristocrat that stands up to strong flavors with dried flowers and spice. $30.

Champion Dad

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The 2009 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, a big red with the power of Secretariat, vivid, dark, ripe and concentrated. $135.

Bold Dad

The 2008 Rodney Strong "Rockaway" Cabernet Sauvignon, a single-vineyard, intense, juicy Alexander Valley star. $75.

Traveling Dad

The 2008 Col Solare, a cabernet sauvignon-based beauty from Antinori and Chateau Ste. Michelle, loaded with cassis, dark fruit and personality. $75.

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Single Dad

Karlsson's Batch 2008, a single-varietal, single-batch vodka made with 2008 Old Swedish Red potatoes, a very exclusive spud that yields a very distinctive, mellow drink. $80.

Personal Dad

Johnnie Walker Blue Label, one of blended whisky's peaks, offers bottles with complimentary personalized engraving; see johnniewalker.com. $220.

Mighty Dad

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Highland Park Thor 16 Years Old, a thunderbolt of single-malt Scotch from the Orkney Islands, with spice, fruit and powerful style. $199.

Old-time Dad

Crown Royal XR, a smooth Canadian blend made with the LaSalle Distillery's last whiskeys; notes of dried fruit and spice. $130.

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