$15 or less
WHAT : Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2005 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE : Abruzzo, Italy
WHY : You're finally in university. It's time to philosophize until the sun rises and the bottles run dry. You can't go wrong with Monte-bruzzo. It costs less than your last essay and consistently performs above its price. Farnese's is a particularly civilized version that can't help but elevate your dorm form.
PRICE : 750 ml/$ 7.15
AVAILABILITY : At most liquor stores (product #621912)
WHAT : Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir 2005 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE : Central Coast, California
WHY : I love it when wines imitate national stereotypes. A French Pinot isn't always the most approachable quaff. You've got to work at it. This U.S. Pinot is much more gregarious. It's downright luscious, a veritable back-slapper of a Pinot. Try both styles. Only through drinking can we bring the world together.
PRICE : 750 ml/$19.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected liquor stores (product #465435)
Sips and Nips
WHAT : Heritage Traditional Dark beer Rating: NNN
WHERE : Ottawa
WHY : When this country looks back on its darkest moments, prominent among them is the day the last stubby rolled off the bottling line. Fortunately, some microbreweries are trying their best to resurrect the beloved bottle. Heritage does the little guy a big favour by filling it with this robust, hoppy, long-finishing dark lager.
PRICE : 6x341ml/$11.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected liquor stores (product #627448)