$15 or less
WHAT: Moselland Divinum Riesling 2004 (white) Rating: NNN
WHERE: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
WHY: This wine's bouquet tends toward GMC delivery van exhaust circa 1983. Know that a petroleum whiff is desirable in a Riesling, and it's appreciably evident here. Less prominent is the super sweet-and-sour wallop you hope for in this style, but this is a nice light choice that will work well with autumn vegetarian fare. Try it - it's a gas.
PRICE: 750 ml/$11.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected liquor stores (product #619676)
WHAT: Peter Lehmann Barossa Shiraz 2004 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE: Borrosa Valley, Australia
WHY: This wine's a lot like a teenager: vociferous, assertive, complex. But you just know that if you let it spend the next couple of years lying on its side in the basement it will emerge transformed, mellowed by time. If you insist on inviting it to the dinner table now, give it something good and bloody to chew on.
PRICE : 750 ml/$19.95
AVAILABILITY: At most liquor stores (product #572875)
Sips and Nips
WHAT: Maker's Mark Bourbon Rating: NNNN
WHERE: Loretto, Kentucky
WHY: The latest ad campaign from the LCBO is called Whisky Generation. Good thing they're letting us know what's up or we might buy our whisky at one of those other liquor stores. Anyway, you can't go wrong with this wax-topped little jug that manages to be as warm as a corncob pipe but as fresh and clean as a brand new shotgun. Wooo doggies.
PRICE: 750 ml/$43.35
AVAILABILITY: At selected liquor stores (product #103747)