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Proof you're thinking of Dad

Fathers everywhere, this one is for you -- and anyone looking for a gift to honor his or hers on Sunday.

VERY BIG DADDY: 2011 Samuel Adams Utopias ($150), the high-octane boundary-pusher, strong and bold, this year with notes of toffee, dried fruit; treat it like brandy. It's 27 percent alcohol by volume.

CAB DAD: 2007 Rubicon Estate CASK Cabernet Sauvignon ($75), an intense Rutherford cab from Francis Ford Coppola, concentrated, full of cherry and blackberry. 2008 Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($25), plummy and inviting.

CHARD DAD: 2009 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay ($45), a big, bright, lush Napa-Carneros beauty. 2009 Franciscan Napa Valley Chardonnay ($18), fruity, silky, Burgundian.

MERLOT DAD: 2008 Clos Pegase Mitsuko's Vineyard Pinot Noir ($35), loaded with black cherry and some spice for a rich mouthful.

BABBO: 2005 Arnaldo-Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiano ($60), a red star, distinctive, potent, luxurious.

PINOT DAD: 2009 Benessere Pinot Grigio ($22), a smooth, fruity, versatile Napa-Carneros trip to Italy. 2009 Pali 'Alphabets' Pinot Noir Blend ($19), earthy, velvety and easygoing from Washington.

ZIN DAD: 2008 Todd Brothers Old Vines Alexander Valley Zinfandel ($32), floral, peppery, with a hint of chocolate and cassis. 2007 Sledgehammer Zinfandel ($15), booming and full of dark fruit.

PÈRE: A. de Fussigny XO Cognac ($110), an elegant union of Cognacs, with hints of dried fruit, licorice, hazelnut.

PAPÁ: 2007 Torres Salmos ($37), a soulful, fragrant, seamless red wine from the Priorat region of Spain.

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