This value-priced Languedoc red is dominated by medium-bodied plum and berry aromas and flavors. Also offers spicy notes and a clean finish, with peppery elements. Made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignane. Drink now. Best Buy. —Kim Marcus
A Côtes du Rhône red that impresses with its ripe tannins. Delivers some chalk and mineral atop the expected plum. Firm finish suggests it can match a T-bone steak just fine. Drink now through 2004. 29,165 cases made. Best Buy.
Summertime sipping is always better with a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, and this Chilean version is a good example. Good, medium-weight lemon curd and straw notes, with a crisp, juicy finish. Drink now. 5,200 cases made. —James Molesworth
Here's another solid Chilean red made from a grape that is becoming a bit of a signature for the region. Medium-weight plum and bell pepper notes, with some sweet smoke on the finish. Nice mouthfeel. A solid introduction to the Carmenère grape. Drink now —James Molesworth
A solid buy that should be easy to find, this Shiraz is soft and round, with pretty blackberry and floral aromas and flavors that echo nicely on a polished finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. Best Buy. —Harvey Steiman