$15 or less
WHAT : La Puerta Shiraz 2005 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE : La Rioja, Argentina
WHY : This workhorse will keep your teeth purple and your wallet green. The Syrah grape, aka Shiraz, ripens well in Argentina's warm temperatures, resulting in wines like this one that are rich and fruity for the price. Ask the delivery guy to pick up a bottle as he speeds over with that extra-large pepperoni pizza.
PRICE : 750 ml/$8.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected liquor stores (product #614636)
WHAT : Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet/Shiraz 2003 (red) Rating: NNNN
WHERE : South Australia
WHY : A luxurious wine from Australia's most revered winery. It will elevate the quality of your dinner, each sip tasting better as you progress through the meal. A wonderful combination of full, meaty flavour and medium body, with added herbal intrigue. Wine blather aside, this one's a winner.
PRICE : 750 ml/$35.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets as of November 25 (product #309625)
Sips and nips
WHAT : Croft Original Fine Pale Cream Sherry Rating: NNN
WHERE : Jerez, Spain
WHY : Okay, you've just worked up a sweat pressing your lace doilies, and it's time to slam some hooch before you take the Pekingese for a stroll. This calls for a cream sherry. Croft invented the style by sweetening hyper-dry fino to create this yummy standard. Serve chilled before or after dinner. So traditional, it's radical.
PRICE : 750 ml/$14.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets (product #73452)