$15 or less
WHAT : Bajoz Cano 2oo4 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE : Toro, Spain
WHY : Here's an affordable and gulpable entry point into Spanish wine. It's open and generous, the sort of wine that makes you want to uncork another after you've poured the last glass from the first. Its easygoing nature will let you chill it down a bit (think just below cellar temperature).
PRICE : 750 ml/$10.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets as of March 18 (product #672253)
WHAT : Chartron et Trébuchet Saint-Aubin, La Chateni`re 2002 (white) Rating: NNNN
WHERE : Burgundy, France
WHY : This premier cru awaits if you want to try an Old World style of Chardonnay. It's not cheap, but there's a lot going on here, with multiple diversions for the nose and palate: oak, florals, minerals all balance out in this beguiling bottle. Burgundy is not only a part of France; it's another word for wine. Try this full-bodied Saint-Aubin to find out why.
PRICE : 750 ml/$31.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets as of March 18 (product #681965)
Sips and Nips
WHAT : Glenfiddich Malt Whisky Liqueur. Rating: NNNN
WHERE : Speyside, Scotland
WHY : It's a dessert, a single malt and an intoxicant rolled into one. Especially useful as a stealthy introduction for people who have an aversion to spirits. It's hard to imagine anyone not warming to this sweet little bottle of Scottish delight. And if that's not enticing enough, Canada's the only place it's available outside of the UK.
PRICE : 500 ml/$27.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets as of March 18 (product #678706)