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If you need a lightweight wine, with a mix of lemon and mineral flavors, that is smooth and balanced with a fresh edge, then try this easy-to-find Loire bargain and bring on the oysters. Drink now. 150,000 cases made. Best Buy. —Bruce Sanderson
There's more to Portugal than just Port, as this bargain-priced red demonstrates. Firm and juicy, with supple flavors of berry, plum and spice. Vanilla and coffee notes on the finish. A good quaffer. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. Best Buy.
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Southern Italy is showing steady improvement these days, while offering terrific value. This Campania white is a crisp, clean wine. Plenty of tropical fruit, honey and apple aromas -- almost like a solid Chardonnay -- yet slightly exotic. Medium-bodied, w —James Suckling
This wine is named for the 16th century Cartuxa monastery on the property where the winery is located. A blend of Periquita, Aragonez, Trincadeira and others, this mature Portuguese red is smooth and flavorful, with its dried cherry and mineral flavors an —Kim Marcus
From Italy's Veneto region comes this balanced and juicy Merlot, with chocolate, berry and cappuccino aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a long, flavorful finish. A beauty -- and a bargain. Drink now through 2007. 8,000 cases made. —James Suckling
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