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Oct. 01, 2002: BODEGAS ESCORIHUELA Malbec Mendoza Don Miguel Gascón 2001 (87 points, $10)

Winemaker Estella Perinetti cranks out some of Argentina's most consistent values from this Nicolás Catena-owned winery. This is a textbook Malbec, with brier, chocolate and dark plum flavors, fleshy texture and a smoky finish. A touch rustic in the end, —James Molesworth

Sep. 24, 2002: BARNARD GRIFFIN Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2001 (88 points, $12)

Here's a bright and juicy sipper from Washington that should be easy to track down. Has pretty apple and floral aromas and flavors, with the fruit echoing as the flavors get zesty on the finish. Nice choice at a nice price. Drink now through 2004. 9,743 c —Harvey Steiman

Sep. 10, 2002: GEORGES DUBOEUF Cabernet Sauvignon Vin de Pays d'Oc Prestige 2000 (85 points, $10)

Known for his numerous Beaujolais offerings, Georges Duboeuf has recently debuted this new lineup of Pays d'Oc varietals. Medium-bodied, with dark cherry and plum flavors. Roasted meat and leather notes on the crisp, lightly spicy finish. Focused and flav —Kim Marcus

Sep. 06, 2002: DOMAINE DE COURON Côtes du Rhône 2001 (87 points, $10)

Wow! Oozes with rich fruit and silky texture, this seamless, full-bodied wine has the consistency of double cream, or olive oil. Packed with red- and blackberry character. Not complex, just a lovely young wine that is as much a delight to drink as a terri —Per-Henrik Mansson

Sep. 04, 2002: CHÂTEAU DE PARAZA Minervois Cuvée Spéciale 2000 (86 points, $8)

This value-priced Languedoc red is dominated by medium-bodied plum and berry aromas and flavors. Also offers spicy notes and a clean finish, with peppery elements. Made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignane. Drink now. Best Buy. —Kim Marcus

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