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
From Chile comes this juicy cassis and black cherry flavored red. Has a healthy dose of toast on the finish. A solid, medium-weight Cabernet blend that's a no-brainer at this value price. Drink now through 2003. 40,000 cases made. Best Buy.
From Sardinia comes this fresh and fruity white, made from the Nuragus di Cagliari grape. With its grapefruit and dried apple aromas and flavors, this value is medium-bodied, with fresh acidity and a long, fruity aftertaste. Drink now. 12,500 cases made. —James Suckling
Here's another nicely done, well-priced Chilean Cabernet. Molina is located in Chile's Curicó valley. Elegant, with subtle currant flavor, notes of mineral and cedar and a focused finish. Drink now through 2003. 12,000 cases made. Best Buy.
While Chile offers a new wave of high-end reds, it continues to churn out solid values that should not be overlooked. From one of the country's best-known wineries comes this $8 winner. Currant and blackberry shine through this Cabernet, with brier and to —James Molesworth