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Jul. 25, 2002: VALENTÍN BIANCHI Chardonnay San Rafael 2000 (85 points, $13)

From Argentina comes this solid Chardonnay value. Good juicy pear and fig flavors, with elegant toast and spice coming in on the finish. Medium-weight. Nicely done. Drink now. 3,200 cases made. —James Molesworth

Jul. 23, 2002: ROSEMOUNT Shiraz-Cabernet South Eastern Australia 2001 (86 points, $9)

From an Australian winery synonymous with value comes yet another tasty, well-priced red. Soft and generous, a pleasant mouthful of blackberry, cherry and aniseed flavors, which reverberate nicely on the polished finish. Drink now. 1,000,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 20, 2002: SAUVION & FILS Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine 2001 (87 points, $7)

Looking for something to go with seafood? Try this fine Muscadet. This has substance and a vinous quality, along with apple, lemon and mineral flavors. Good stony finish. Drink now. Best Buy.

For a complete look at the past year's releases from the —Bruce Sanderson

Jul. 18, 2002: ARBOR CREST Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2000 (87 points, $10)

Washington keeps turning out value-priced offerings in ample case quantities. This Sauvignon is ripe, round and effusively fruity, a nice mouthful of peach and tangy lemon flavors, reverberating nicely on the finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. Best Buy —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 17, 2002: COLUMBIA CREST Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Grand Estates 1999 (88 points, $11)

Here's a solid value from Washington. Ripe and generous on a soft, open-textured frame, offering currant and plum fruit and a touch of peppery herbs on the round finish. Drink now through 2004. 58,578 cases made. Best Buy. —Harvey Steiman

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