Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey (Frankfort, Kentucky)
Why: If we're to believe the trend forecast, rye's the new bourbon. It's a pity straight rye whiskies rarely appear on LCBO shelves, but gems like this make stalking Vintages on a weekly basis worthwhile. Produced by Buffalo Trace Distilleries, this complex, robust whisky is glorious in spirit-forward cocktails - especially Manhattan variations like the Red Hook and Remember The Maine.
Price: 750 ml/$79.95
Availability: Vintages 326959, very limited
Cloudline Pinot Noir 2011 (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
Why: Balanced red fruit and medium body with a sophisticated backbone make this wine a flexible food pairing. Tote it to a dinner party and your hosts will probably stuff you with extra canapés and invite you to sip from their VIP liquor cabinet. Score.
Price: 750 ml/$23.95
Availability: Vintages 159970
Ommegang Hennepin (Cooperstown, New York)
Why: Don't despair the seasonal shift - Ommegang's all-weather Farmhouse Saison is there for you. It's brewed with grains of paradise, coriander, ginger and orange peel, and our instincts tell us it should get cozy with gin. Pair with spicy foods or try it in a cocktail, like Home of the Brave's bourbon-based 'Tis The Saison ($12).
Price: 4 x 355 ml/$12.95
Availability: LCBO 359117