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Feb. 13, 2002: DUCA DI SALAPARUTA Sicilia Corvo White 2000 (85 points, $10)

From Sicily comes this well-priced white wine, made from a blend of Inzolia, Cataratto and Grecanico. Dried pineapple and hints of apricots on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with good fruit and a clean finish. One of the best Corvo whites in years. D —James Suckling

Feb. 09, 2002: TOMMASI Pinot Grigio Valdadige Vigneto Le Rosse 2000 (85 points, $10)

From the northeast of Italy comes this tasty, value-priced Pinot Grigio. Clean and spicy, with hints of tropical fruit. Medium-bodied, with delicious flavor and a clean, crisp, slightly off-dry finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. Best Buy. —James Suckling

Feb. 07, 2002: LEONILDO PIEROPAN Soave Classico Superiore 2000 (91 points, $13)

This 110-year-old family estate is headed up by the husband and wife team of Nino and Teresita Pieropan. Fantastic white. Lovely aromas of fresh green apples, grapefruit and peaches. Full-bodied and very rich, with intense flavor and a long, long finish. —James Suckling

Feb. 05, 2002: SANTA LAURA Carmenère Colchagua Valley Laura Hartwig 2000 (87 points, $13)

This moderate-sized winery is quietly putting out solid wines with character at easy prices. This version is a step up for the Carmenère grape, with muscular plum, brier and currant flavor and a nicely structured finish augmented by tobacco and mineral n —James Molesworth

Jan. 28, 2002: ECHELON Chardonnay Central Coast 2000 (86 points, $13)

This value-oriented winery is owned by the Chalone Wine Group. Their 2000 Chardonnay offers spicy fruit that is appealing if a bit simple, and seeking a sharper focus. A good value. Drink now through 2004. 65,000 cases made. —James Laube

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