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Aug. 21, 2000: GIESEN Riesling Canterbury 1999 (90 points, $11)

Bright, lively and distinctive, with mineral and lime notes adding intriguing accents to the peach and apple flavors on a dry frame. Has style, depth and a finish long enough to invite cellaring. From New Zealand. Drink now through 2009. 4,500 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 18, 2000: PAUL THOMAS Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 1998 (85 points, $9)

Bright and focused, with a nice creamy edge to its raspberry and currant flavors and with a smooth finish, this is an appealing Cabernet for an appealing price. Drink now. 7,300 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 16, 2000: COVEY RUN Chardonnay Columbia Valley 1997 (85 points, $9)

Looking for a good value in Chardonnay? This Washington offering shows plenty of charm. It's fresh and vibrant, with citrus, pear and spice flavors on a soft frame. Drink now through 2002. 15,100 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 14, 2000: VALENTIN BIANCHI Malbec San Rafael Elsa 1997 (86 points, $7)

A jammy red, with juicy currant and dark plum flavors and firm, chewy tannins. Picks up nice sanguine, mineral and bittersweet chocolate notes on the finish. From Argentina, it's like a very good Cahors, at a very good price. Tasted twice, with consistent —James Molesworth

Aug. 10, 2000: COLUMBIA CREST Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley (87 points, $8)

This flavorful Washington white is round and generous, delivering notes of pear, herb and vanilla, and finishing with a refreshing touch of citrus. A tasty wine whose value price makes it a good choice when multiple bottles are needed. Drink now. 55,000 c —Harvey Steiman

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