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Jan. 24, 2003: CLOS DU BOIS Sauvignon Blanc North Coast 2001 (85 points, $10)

This California Sauvignon Blanc is lively, with good intensity to freshly cut hay, cut grass, melon and tangy, lemony flavors. Drink now. Should be easy to find some of the 91,000 cases made. Best Values.

Jan. 22, 2003: FRANZ HAAS Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie Kris 2001 (86 points, $11)

Here's another tasty Pinot Grigio from the northeast of Italy. It has attractive aromas of cream, apples and pears following through to a medium-bodied palate, with good fruit and a light honey aftertaste. Super value. Drink now. 42,000 cases made. Best —James Suckling

Jan. 16, 2003: JEAN-MARC BROCARD Sauvignon de St.-Bris Domaine Ste.-Claire 2000 (87 points, $11)

One of the few white Burgundies not made from Chardonnay, this Sauvignon is made near Chablis. It offers aromas and flavors of gooseberry and melon with a fresh, brisk palate. Firmly structured and focused, it tails off on the finish, but will make a tast —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 10, 2003: LAS VIÑAS DE LA CALINA Carmenère Maule Valley Reserve 2001 (86 points, $8)

Here's a good introduction to Chile's Carmenère grape. Pretty plum and black cherry fruit, with some sweet vanilla, and a dash of the grape's peppery side. Medium-weight, fleshy finish. Nicely done. Drink now. 16,400 cases made. Best Values.

For a —James Molesworth

Jan. 08, 2003: MERIDIAN Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2001 (87 points, $11)

Here's a bright and lively California Chardonnay that's easy on the wallet. This offers citrus and lemon-lime flavors that pick up ripe apple and pear shadings on the finish. Drink now through 2006. 600,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Laube

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