$15 or less
WHAT : Condesa de Leganza Reserva 1998 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE : La Mancha, Spain
WHY : Remember 1998? That was back before the age of evildoers when all we had to worry about was the millennium bug. Let's relive those simpler times with this well-aged bottle, a full-flavoured, punchy wine with good fruit. Not for those who seek mild- mannered tablemates.
PRICE : 750 ml/$13.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets as of March 3 (product #658450)
WHAT : Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Pinot Noir 2004 (red) Rating: NNNN
WHERE : Niagara Peninsula
WHY : The retail debut of Ontario's new and highly hyped LCJ, a finely focused winery that produces just Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. All wines display a racy, energetic core. This lowest-priced offering harnesses that wonderful vibration with a smooth, luxurious polish. Buy what you can so you can brag about being there from the start.
PRICE : 750 ml/$25
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets as of March 3 (product #033894)
Sips and nips
WHAT : Greenore Single Grain Irish Whiskey Rating: NNNN
WHERE : County Louth, Ireland
WHY : Once again, the day of snake-chasing and bad Irish accents will soon be upon us. Made by Cooley, which has done much to revive distilling in Ireland, this new rare eight-year-old is a gentle, delicate, soft whiskey that will be appreciated by any discerning tippler. Very too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra.
PRICE : 700 ml/$58.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets as of March 3 (product #027953)