Who says you have to pay big bucks for a good sparkling wine? This affordable version is round in the mouth, with ripe flavors of cherry, red currant and fig. Starts with a bit of sweetness that carries through the finish. Good availability, too. Drink no —James Laube
Here's a juicy Chilean red at an affordable price, with ripe blackberry and plum flavors, round, sweet toast accents and a nice fleshy finish, where a little herbal note chimes in, adding further dimension. Drink now. The fruit for this nice little value —James Molesworth
From Chile's largest winery comes this solid Merlot value. Ambitious effort here, emitting lots of coffee and smoke aromas followed by a nice blast of raspberry sherbet character and a good, gutsy finish. A lot of wine for so few dollars. Drink now. —James Molesworth
This soft Spanish red offers pretty flavors of cherries and cinnamon, with light tannins and a fresh, clean finish. A gentle example of the modern style, at an old-fashioned price. Drink now through 2003. 40,000 cases made. —Thomas Matthews
From Argentina comes this very good Malbec, perhaps the country's signature grape. It's delicious, bright and jammy, with Zinfandel-like crushed blackberry and blueberry flavors, good concentration and muscle, and a character-adding briery note running th —James Molesworth
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