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Oct. 22, 1999: BUCKELEY'S Chardonnay South Australia 1998 (88 points, $10)

Smooth and ripe, this is a generous mouthful of Chardonnay, its pear, citrus and guava flavors picking up a hint of barrel spice on the polished finish. A winner for both quality and value. Drink now through 2002. 18,000 cases made.

Oct. 20, 1999: MARQUÉS DE CÁCERES Rioja White 1998 (84 points, $6)

From the rarely seen (outside of Spain) Viura grape, comes this white Rioja. Floral and vanilla notes give this wine an appealing hint of sweetness and a pillowy-soft texture, though there's enough citrusy acidity to keep it balanced. A nice aperitif. Dri

Oct. 11, 1999: BODEGAS OSBORNE Oloroso Jerez Medium 10RF NV (91 points, $14)

Looking for something different? Try this Sherry as an aperitif at your next dinner party alongside olives and salted almonds. Sweet, round and full of caramel flavor, yet there's plenty of structure and zingy acidity to offset the initial sweetness, leav

Oct. 09, 1999: HUGEL Alsace Gentil (84 points, $10)

Firm, well-defined and spicy, this has a rich texture midpalate and straightfroward citrus and peach flavors. Made from a blend of several grapes, including Gewurztraminer and Pinot Blanc. Drink now through 2000. 38,000 cases made.

Oct. 08, 1999: MONTES Sauvignon Blanc Curico Valley Fumé Blanc 1998 (86 points, $9)

Apple and citrus flavors are crisp and expressive in this focused Chilean white, with steely acidity and a pleasant earthy note. A clean, bold wine for assertive dishes. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.

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