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Father's Day 2015: The best drinks to give as gifts

Father's Day is near. Toast him.

He loves Bach: The 2012 Franciscan Estate Magnificat ($50), a garnet-shaded, harmonious, round, expressive, inspired red blend, almost three-quarters cabernet sauvignon.

Bill Murray fan: Suntory's spicy, delicate Yamazaki 12 Year Old Japanese Single Malt Whisky ($60) or fruity, tart Hibiki 12 Year Old Japanese Blended Whisky ($65); neither is "Lost in Translation."

Anglodad: Versatile, flavorful Portobello Road Gin ($32), a British production, especially fine for cocktails in advance of "Downton Abbey," season six.

Braveheart Baba: The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old Sherry Cask and Glenfiddich The Original ($100 each); the first, a rich, distinctive scotch and the second, a lighter reminder of the producer's 1963 Straight Malt.

Bubbly Pop: Altaneve Rose ($32), a sparkler blending the glera grape of prosecco with pinot noir, for an easygoing, smooth wine.

Pinot Pater: The intense, complex, potent, red fruit-driven 2012 Patz & Hall Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($90). Outstanding.

Duck Dad: 2012 Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($40), a vivid varietal from a young region of Washington state, via the dependable Duckhorn Wine Company.

Dapper Dad: The elegant, toasty, creamy 2013 Talbott Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay ($42), a balanced wine with depth and welcoming style.

Big Daddy: 2011 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard ($175), a powerful show, full of cassis and black cherry, with a finish that goes on and on.

And to carry your gifts: the Riedel BYO Bag, with four stemless glasses and a cushy case ($99), available at


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