$15 or less
WHAT Perrin Nature Côtes-du-Rhône (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE Côtes-du-Rhône, France
WHY Here's the good news: it's a half-bottle. Here's the better news: it's organic. Here's the best news: it's tasty. The Perrin brothers' deft blending of rich Grenache and lean Syrah has yielded a well-structured wine that will work with lots of robust foods.
PRICE 375 ml/$9.95
AVAILABILITY At selected Vintages outlets (product #10363)
WHAT Peter Lehmann Clancy's Red (red) Rating: NNNN
WHERE Barossa Valley, Australia
WHY This wine may not have been named after King Clancy, but since the Leafs are about to embark on another drive-Toronto-to-drink season, let's consider this a suitable tear receptacle. Racy zip, punchy, juicy flavour, refreshing but no lightweight: it's worthy of replays. Maybe the Buds should start drafting Australians.
PRICE 750 ml/$18.15
AVAILABILITY At selected liquor stores (product #611467)
Sips and nips
WHAT Grolsch Lager Rating: NNN
WHERE Enschede, Holland
WHY Grolsch is available in cans and 330ml bottles, but why would you abandon this beloved container? Great for homemade salad dressing. That means you'll have to empty the thing, so you might as well drink it, which is neither a chore nor a treat. Let's say 2Ns for the beer and 4Ns for the bottle.
PRICE 500 ml/$2.25
AVAILABILITY At most liquor stores (product #535294)