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Drinks: Gifts for grads

Lagavulin 16-year-old Scotch

Lagavulin 16-year-old Scotch Credit: Handout

It's time to toast the graduates before the summer job market does. Here are some choices for celebrations, gifts and general support.

B.A. -- Not a ref to that first-semester GPA: 2008 Shafer One Point Five ($70), a multilayered, impeccably made Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon.

B.C.E. -- For the engineer, a long-researched, carefully planned, elegantly made Italian red: the 2005 Arnaldo-Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco 25 Anni ($100), lithe and potent.

M.B.A. -- All business: the 2005 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Brunello di Montalcino ($65), in the red (ruby color) and the black (currant, berry), subtle and focused.

M.F.A. -- Artful, seamless, and built to last: the 2007 Croft Vintage Porto ($85) and the 2008 Fonseca Porto ($60).

M.S.W. -- Wines with heart and soul: the 2007 Domaine des Beaumont Morey-Saint-Denis "Les Millandes" ($77) and 2007 Thierry Beaumont "Les Sorbes" ($38), two ripe Burgundies.

J.D. -- Yes, counsel, you've crossed it, so enjoy the 2007 Rubicon ($145), a rich, intense, complex, classic cabernet sauvignon, the four-star wine from Francis Ford Coppola.

M.D. -- Red wine is good for you, doc. And the 2007 Pine Ridge Fortis ($140) is aging with style: black fruit, great structure, a long and healthy life.

PhD -- For the devotee, it's a pleasure to pour the peaty, smoky, strong, smooth Lagavulin 16 Years Old ($90), a knockout Islay Scotch whisky.