$15 or less
WHAT L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE Baja, Mexico
WHY You'll be the victim of an April Fool's joke if you don't go and buy a few bottles of this econo-vino. It's nice and round and ready to go - maybe a little sleepy compared to a stiffer Cabernet, but at this price it's an ideal house wine, even if you live in a trailer.
PRICE 750 ml/$9.95
AVAILABILITY At selected Vintages outlets (product #405597) starting April 1.
WHAT Taittinger Brut Réserve(champagne) Rating: NNNN
WHERE Champagne, France
WHY A half-bottle is one way to partake in the glory of champagne without emptying the wallet. Anything that starts off with a funky musk bouquet not completely dissimilar to old socks has to be good, right? Once that bubble yum hits your mouth, you get a bracing citrus underpinned by a warm, welcome, mellow bread-crust quality. Pop it, baby.
PRICE 375 ml/$29.95
AVAILABILITY At selected Vintages outlets (product #585943) starting April 1.
Sips and nips
WHAT Steam Whistle Pilsner Rating: NNNN
WHY Steam Whistle makes just one style of beer: Pilsner, an infinitely drinkable Pilsner. So it's not surprising that Marek Mikunda , who brewed at Pilsner Urquell in the Czech Republic, feels right at home as Steam Whistle's latest brewmaster. Czech out his Prague-gressive approach with this excellent made-in-Toronto beer.
PRICE 12 341ml bottles/$22.45, including deposit
AVAILABILITY At liquor stores and the Beer Store