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Dec. 10, 2001: BRAMPTON Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch 2001 (89 points, $10)

At their best, South African Sauvignons can give New Zealand a real run for their money. This one from Brampton is rich and tropical in style, with fig and kiwi notes, and a lush, herb- and mineral-tinged finish. This will have lots of fans, especially at —James Molesworth

Dec. 07, 2001: RAMOS-PINTO Douro Duas Quintas 1999 (86 points, $11)

This Portuguese red is made from a blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francesca and Touriga Nacional. It's a hearty wine at a heartwarming price, with red plum and dried currant flavors on a firm structure, and grapey elements that chime in on the finish. Drin —Kim Marcus

Dec. 05, 2001: GIESEN Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2001 (89 points, $11)

Sauvignon Blanc lovers have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to New Zealand. This bottling from Geisen is bright and jazzy, with lovely peach and apple flavors, shaded with zingy passion fruit and lime notes, all lingering nicely on the finish. Pr —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 03, 2001: CELLARS OF CANTERBURY Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Moata 2001 (89 points, $13)

Here's another New Zealand Sauvignon that showcases the region's signature style. Open-textured and refreshing for its full-throttle fruit, this well-priced offering centers on pear and peach, picking up hints of lime and parsley. Drink now. 50,000 cases —Harvey Steiman

Nov. 28, 2001: CHÂTEAU DE ST.-COSME Côtes du Rhône 2000 (88 points, $12)

Like a spoonful of chocolate pudding. Thick, rich and delicious, this is a caressing wine, with sweet tannins offering plenty of fruit, harmony and full-bodied texture. Not a serious red, but long, fruity and delectable -- and look at the price! Drink now —Per-Henrik Mansson

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