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Dec. 13, 2000: D'ARENBERG Grenache McLaren Vale Red Ochre 1998 (86 points, $9)

This appealing and affordable Aussie Grenache is bright and jazzy in style, emphasizing tasty mulberry and cherry flavors on a firm frame, finishing with fine-grained tannins. Lively enough to gain with some cellaring. Drink now through 2004. 10,000 cases —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 08, 2000: MICHELE CHIARLO Barbera d\'Asti 1998 (87 points, $12)

Here's a seriously good Barbera, and a great value, too. Balanced and pretty, it's an aromatic red, with citrus and plum character. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a succulent, fruity aftertaste. Drink now through 2003. 30,000 cases made. —James Suckling

Dec. 04, 2000: MCPHERSON Shiraz South Eastern Australia 1999 (84 points, $8)

A fresh and fruity rendition of Australia's signature grape, at a painless price, this quaffable Shiraz serves up appealing blackberry and blueberry flavors on a supple frame. Drink now. 100,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Nov. 21, 2000: BUCKELEY'S Shiraz South Australia 1999 (90 points, $10)

Ripe, round and velvety Shiraz, with spice, pepper and bay leaf notes weaving through the rich blueberry and plum flavors that last impressively on the rich finish. Best $10 red from Australia since the early days of Rosemount's Diamond Label. Drink now t —Harvey Steiman

Nov. 18, 2000: UNION DE PRODUCTEURS PLAIMONT Madiran Chevalier d\'Antras 1997 (84 points, $8)

Made from the Tannat grape, the southwest French appellation of Madiran offers big, muscular reds. Medium-bodied, with plum, cranberry and tobacco aromas and flavors, and mineral notes on the finish, this co-op wine offers enjoyable drinking at an everyda —Kim Marcus

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