Here's a tasty Syrah from the Northern Rhône made in an ample amount. Delicious plum, roasted game, toasted nuts and smoked bacon notes in this pretty, medium-bodied red. The supple tannins make it accessible on release. The price makes it accessible too —Per-Henrik Mansson
Bargain Bordeaux isn't an oxymoron if you can latch onto some of this. Perfumed and very pretty, with light fruit and lilacs. Medium-bodied, with a lovely balance of fruit and velvety tannins. Delicious. Try to find a Bordeaux this good for less. Drink no —James Suckling
Here's a nice value in California Sauvignon Blanc that should be easy to track down. Cardamom, lemon, melon and quince flavors have a honeyed character, picking up lush caramel and fig notes that linger through the finish. Very good inexpensive summer qua
On the lighter side, but nicely fleshed out with strawberry and spice flavors, which echo on the grainy finish. Drink now through 2003. 200,000 cases made. Best Buy.
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Smooth and generous, an inviting Aussie red that's plump with black cherry, blackberry and exotic spice flavors, hinting at dark chocolate as the flavors persist on the fine-grained finish. Outstanding wine for an outstanding price. Drink now through 2004 —Harvey Steiman
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