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Aug. 13, 2001: HEDGES Fumé-Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2000 (86 points, $10)

For summer sipping, try this blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from Washington. Light, bright and refreshing, with a floral-grassy edge to the juicy green apple and grapefruit flavors. Drink now. 11,000 cases ma —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 09, 2001: BODEGA NEKEAS Navarra Rosado Vega Sindoa 2000 (85 points, $7)

If the heat of August gets you down, try this rosé. It is quite full-bodied yet still crisp, with lovely berry flavors that linger on the finish. Good as an aperitif or with lighter dishes. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

Aug. 06, 2001: COLUMBIA CREST Merlot Columbia Valley (87 points, $11)

A bit leaner than most Washington Merlots, with a lively core of cherry and spice flavors, which enlarge nicely on the finish and linger. Tannins have a bit of grit to lose. Best after 2001. 162,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 03, 2001: BODEGAS ESMERALDA Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza Alamos 1999 (85 points, $10)

While Nicolás Catena has made a recent splash with a new winery and high-end Cabernet, his value-priced offerings also continue to do well. The '99 Alamos Cab is juicy, with red and black cherry fruit, and a nice smoky, spicy note on the finish. Solid. D —James Molesworth

Aug. 01, 2001: DUBARD Montravel Château Laulerie 2000 (85 points, $10)

Montravel is located in France's Dordogne region, and it produces a range of whites from dry to sweet. This dry version has crisp apple and citrus flavors that give this medium-bodied white a nice vibrancy. Spicy notes on the finish. Drink now. 15,000 cas —Kim Marcus

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