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Jul. 27, 1999: COLUMBIA CREST Chardonnay Columbia Valley Estate Series 1997 (91 points, $11)

From a winery synonymous for well-priced offerings comes this Washington state Chardonnay. Smooth and generous, artfully balanced to show plenty of pear, spice and coconut flavors that meld pleasantly with a hint of beeswax on the long, rich finish. Drink

Jul. 26, 1999: COLUMBIA CREST Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (88 points, $11)

Firm, chewy, even a little rough around the edges, but ripe currant and blackberry flavors shine through and linger on the generous finish. Best from 2000 through 2006. 122,000 cases made.

Jul. 23, 1999: ARBOR CREST Merlot Washington (86 points, $11)

Bright and flavorful, a jazzy red with pretty cherry and currant flavors shaded with spicy tones. Fine tannins don't get in the way. Drink now through 2002. 6,000 cases made.

Jul. 19, 1999: CONCANNON Chardonnay Central Coast Selected Vineyard 1997 (87 points, $11)

This rich and softly textured California white offers distinctive nut, apple, grapefruit, pear and spicy floral flavors that linger enticingly on the focused finish. A solid value at this price and score. Drink now through 2002. 28,350 cases made.

Jul. 16, 1999: RAMOS-PINTO Douro Duas Quintas 1995 (87 points, $11)

While Portugal is known primarily for making Port, the country also makes table wines. This red from the Douro region (perhaps the best source for dry Portuguese wines) has more finesse than most Portuguese dry reds. Very fresh, showing black currant and

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