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Dec. 16, 1999: MCGUIGAN Chardonnay Hunter Valley Bin 7000 1999 (86 points, $10)

This value-priced offering from Australia is bright and lively, with refreshing star-fruit, pear and citrus flavors that remain juicy through the finish. Drink now. Plenty to go around too -- 30,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 14, 1999: CHATEAU REYNELLA Chardonnay McLaren Vale 1997 (87 points, $11)

A ripe, generous style of Australian Chardonnay at a gobble-it-up price, offering plenty of pear, honey and spice flavors that linger on the smooth finish. Not a big wine, but a flavorful one. Drink now through 2003. 12,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 06, 1999: SIMONSIG Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 1998 (86 points, $7)

This delicious and affordable Chenin Blanc comes courtesy of South Africa, displaying straightforward floral and apple aromas and flavors married to a rich texture, with enough underlying acidity to keep everything fresh and lively. Drink now. 10,000 case —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 01, 1999: CALLAHAN Shiraz South Eastern Australia 1998 (85 points, $8)

Soft and fruity, with ripe blackberry and cherry flavors that linger on the straightforward finish. Drink now. 20,000 cases made.

Nov. 29, 1999: PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ Côtes du Rhône Parallèle 45 (86 points, $10)

A great value that shows the potential of the '98 vintage in the southern Rhône, this is hedonistic and dense, with smoke, red berry, mocha and black chocolate. This medium-bodied, medium intense, nicely oaked red makes for delightful drinking. Drink now

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