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- Crystal Head Vodka, Canada, 80 proof, $49 for 750 ml

The legend goes like this: Thousands of years ago, 13 crystal heads were scattered across the earth, and they are greater and more powerful than anything we have the ability to manufacture today. Their workmanship is perfect: They have no tool marks and have been cut against the natural axis of the crystals. Some say they are artifacts from the lost civilization of Atlantis, and some say they date back to the Mayans. Whatever you believe, this is a terrific vodka. Each sip is clean and leaves no burn, with subtle hints of creaminess and minerality. The crystal skull bottle also looks great in the bar.

- Brooklyn Brewery Post Road Pumpkin Ale, NewYork, $8 per 6-pack

This beer provides a nice balance of spice and pumpkin notes with maltiness. The fresh pumpkin aromas were terrific. The flavors were not overpowering, with a perfect blend of hops and bitterness. This beer would go great with holiday meals.

- 2008 Alamos Torrontes, Argentina, $13

This grape gained recognition in the past 10 years, becoming one of the main white wines from Argentina. Aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle and fresh cantaloupe pop as soon as the wine hit the glass. The flavors have a subtle sweetness and loads of fruit notes. We enjoyed this wine with spicy Asian cuisine.

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