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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

Nov. 13, 2000: E. GUIGAL Côtes du Rhône Rosé 1999 (90 points, $10)

Here's a seriously good rosé that would be perfect to start off that big Thanksgiving meal with. Even tannic and rich, like a red, with plenty of character, it's clean and balanced. A rare gem in the wine world, where blush wines are often nondescript. M —Per-Henrik Mansson

Nov. 10, 2000: J. & F. LURTON Fitou Domaine des Ardoises 1997 (85 points, $10)

A high-toned, medium-bodied red from southern France, with plenty of enticing cherry and spice flavors, this is a solid choice -- ready to drink, at a reasonable price. Drink now. 6,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Nov. 08, 2000: KORBEL Extra Dry California NV (88 points, $11)

Who says you have to pay big bucks for a good sparkling wine? This affordable version is round in the mouth, with ripe flavors of cherry, red currant and fig. Starts with a bit of sweetness that carries through the finish. Good availability, too. Drink no —James Laube

Nov. 06, 2000: ARESTI Merlot Curicó Valley Montemar 1999 (86 points, $9)

Here's a juicy Chilean red at an affordable price, with ripe blackberry and plum flavors, round, sweet toast accents and a nice fleshy finish, where a little herbal note chimes in, adding further dimension. Drink now. The fruit for this nice little value —James Molesworth

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