VALUES

Our panels tasted 968 new-release wines for this August 2005 issue, and singled out a range of inexpensive wines for the value they offer. W&S critics Patrick J. Comiskey, Joshua Greene and Tara Q. Thomas then tasted these wines and rated them for their quality-price ratio. These 10 wines - designated "Good Value" or "Exceptional Value" - represent the best overall quality for the lowest price. Suggested national retail prices have been quoted by the winery or importer, but prices in your area may vary considerably. If you shop carefully, you may be able to find these wines at a significant discount to the price listed here.

Sparkling
EV I Raventos i Blanc $15
Cava Brut L'Hereu (Spain)
Pinpoint-fine bubbles and fresh, vinous flavors make this an impressive Cava. Serve it with anything from fried zucchini blossoms to jam—n de Jabugo.
Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY
 
WHITES
EV I Aveleda $7.87
2004 Vinho Verde Loureiro (Portugal)
Scents of grapefruit and papaya introduce this gentle, round Vinho Verde. The mineral finish keeps it firm, for salt-and-pepper prawns.
Tri-Vin Imports, Mount Vernon, NY
 
GV I Pomelo $9.99
2004 California Sauvignon Blanc
This sauvignon brings a range of melon flavors to mind, from Chinese bitter melon to sweeter watermelon. It's simple and warm, for roast chicken.
Mason Cellars, Oakville, CA
 
GV I Round Hill $9.99
2003 California Chardonnay
Focused on the flavor of the grape, this chardonnay is light with a touch of mineral lees and apple. Serve it as you would a M‰con, with roast chicken.
Round Hill Vineyards, St. Helena, CA
 
EV I Peter Zemmer $12
2003 Vigneti delle Dolomiti Cortinie (Italy)
Gewurztraminer's rosewater aromas combine with chardonnay's textural weight and complex flavors from pinot grigio, riesling and sauvignon blanc in a mouthwatering white for fish stew.
Vin Divino, Chicago, IL
 
EV I Benton-Lane $15
2004 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
On the racier side of Oregon gris, this youthful wine's golden apple and green grape flavors have a riesling-like nerve. For sautˇed sand dabs. (2,000 cases)
Benton-Lane Winery, Monroe, OR
 
GV I Canoe Ridge $12.50
2003 Washington State Oak Ridge Vineyard Gewurztraminer
A classic gewurz, rich and round, with white flower and litchi scents and a pleasing bitter almond flavor.
Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Walla Walla, WA
 
ROSÉ
GV I Bodegas Muga $10.50
2004 Rioja Rosˇ (Spain)
This light pink rosˇ cuts its musky spice with fresh acidity. The bright fruit flavors of watermelon and the brisk tannin give it enough grip to match liver p‰tˇ or sweetbreads.
Fine Estates from Spain, Dedham, MA
 
REDS
GV I Talus $7.99
2003 Lodi Shiraz
This shiraz gives a sense of Lodi in its sandy tannins and prune-plum fruitiness. It's a sweet, gentle red for spicy Italian sausages.
Talus, Woodbridge, CA
 
EV I Skouras $11.99
2003 Nemea St. George (Greece)
Savory with cinnamon-spiced, herb-tinged cherry and plum flavor, dry earth underneath and frisky acidity keeping it lively, this is spot-on, delicious Nemea.
Diamond Importers, Chicago, IL
 

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