Taste Test: Our Guide to the Best Products at the Supermarket

There are tens of thousands of products on supermarket shelves; let us help you pick the best—in both taste and nutrition. After booting out foods that don't fit our nutrition standards, products are served to a Cooking Light staff tasting panel for blind taste tests. Here are the winning products in a variety of categories.

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Napa Valley Vodka
Photo: Randy Mayor

Best in Beer & Spirits: California

Napa Valley Vodka ($65 for 750 ml)

Now here is a gift to give the liquor nut in your life (perhaps one whom you owe a big favor—this is no cheap vodka). Sweetly sippable with hints of herbs and grass, it reveals its wine-country origins: This extraordinary vodka comes not from potatoes or grain, but from sauvignon blanc grapes harvested from a single vineyard.

Note: Local laws may mean liquor has to be sourced through distributors in some states.

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