Here's another easy-to-find and easy-on-the-wallet Chardonnay from Australia. Light and citrusy, more like a Sauvignon Blanc than a Chardonnay, but crisply balanced and fragrant. Drink now. 200,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
This Aussie three-grape blend is smooth and supple, with nicely focused black cherry, spice and herb notes mingling on the round finish. Generous in flavor and approachable now. Drink now through 2004. 20,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
From the Pays d'Oc region in the south of France comes this solid little blend of two grapes. It's a lively, peppery, medium-bodied red, with plum and berry flavors that linger appealingly on the finish. Drink now. —Kim Marcus
Here's a great buy. This California Syrah offers raisin, black cherry and game flavors, turning softly tannic on the finish. Drink now through 2003. 10,400 cases made. —James Laube
Light and fragrant, with pretty raspberry and blackberry flavors that echo lightly on the open finish. Drink now. 70,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
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