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Apr. 05, 2002: CASA SANTOS LIMA Estremadura Palha-Canas Red 2000 (87 points, $8)

There's more to Portugal than just Port, as this bargain-priced red demonstrates. Firm and juicy, with supple flavors of berry, plum and spice. Vanilla and coffee notes on the finish. A good quaffer. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. Best Buy.

For a co —Kim Marcus

Apr. 03, 2002: VILLA MATILDE Falerno del Massico White 2000 (86 points, $12)

Southern Italy is showing steady improvement these days, while offering terrific value. This Campania white is a crisp, clean wine. Plenty of tropical fruit, honey and apple aromas -- almost like a solid Chardonnay -- yet slightly exotic. Medium-bodied, w —James Suckling

Mar. 30, 2002: EUGÉNIO DE ALMEIDA Alentejo Cartuxa 1997 (87 points, $10)

This wine is named for the 16th century Cartuxa monastery on the property where the winery is located. A blend of Periquita, Aragonez, Trincadeira and others, this mature Portuguese red is smooth and flavorful, with its dried cherry and mineral flavors an —Kim Marcus

Mar. 27, 2002: TOMMASI Merlot Garda Vigneto Le Prunée 1999 (88 points, $10)

From Italy's Veneto region comes this balanced and juicy Merlot, with chocolate, berry and cappuccino aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a long, flavorful finish. A beauty -- and a bargain. Drink now through 2007. 8,000 cases made. —James Suckling

Mar. 22, 2002: SANTA EMA Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Maipo Valley Barrel Select 1999 (86 points, $10)

From Chile comes this juicy cassis and black cherry flavored red. Has a healthy dose of toast on the finish. A solid, medium-weight Cabernet blend that's a no-brainer at this value price. Drink now through 2003. 40,000 cases made. Best Buy.

For a c —James Molesworth

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