Best Buys


     August 2007

From the 1,260 new-release wines our panels tasted for this issue, our critics singled out these ten (all $15 or less) for their remarkable price/value ratio. Suggested national retail prices have been quoted by the winery or importer, but prices may vary, and you may be able to find these wines at a significant discount in your area.

GV  I Kourtaki $9
2004 Vin de Crete Red
With plenty of sweet cranberry-cherry flavor, this meaty red is simple and delicious, ready for a platter of souvlaki.
Nestor Imports, NY
GV  I Lolonis $13
NV Redwood Valley Old Vines Ladybug Red Cuvee VI
Dark herb and tobacco scents lace the licorice-like flavors of this blend. It's juicy and stony at once, a match for spicy sausage with broccoli rabe.
Lolonis, Kelseyville, CA
GV  I J. Lohr $14
2004 Paso Robles Los Osos Merlot
Rich and juicy, this simple merlot has smoky black fruit while remaining cool. For a grilled tri-tip.
J. Lohr Winery, San Jose, CA
GV  I Segura Viudas $9
Brut Reserva
Tightly built around its effervescence, this has a sweet, lemon-scented finish to balance the saline acidity. For roast scallops or poached prawns.
Freixenet USA, Sonoma, CA
EV  I Commanderie de la
2006 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence
Beautifully delicate, this wraps the tongue in mere suggestions of white cherries, oranges and strawberries, bright acidity keeping it lively.
Hand Picked Selections, Warrenton, VA
EV  I Fuzelo $7
2006 Vinho Verde-Monção
Zesty lemon pith acidity drives this wine, constricting the broad mineral tones and clean white fruit into a tight line of flavor that lasts.
Aidil Wines & Liquors, Newark, NJ
GV  I Redwood Creek $8
2005 California Pinot Grigio
As clean as the platinum color would imply, this mellow white has a light briny note and enough zest to serve with poached prawns.
Frei Bros. Vineyards, Modesto, CA
GV  I Pazo Serantellos $10
2006 Rias Baixas Albariño
Mild lemonŠlime and riper nectarine flavors finish bright and clean, the brisk salinity suited to roast flounder or sole.
CIV (USA), Sacramento, CA
GV  I Airlie $14
2005 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
This rich gris leads with aromas of almond blossom; its deep, savory flavors fall between white peach and pear. Enjoy it with prosciutto. (1,033 cases)
Airlie Winery, Monmouth, OR
GV  I Angeline $14
2006 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Scents of green tea and saline minerality last in this simple, peppery sauvignon. A good value to pour with grilled shrimp.
Martin Ray Winery, Santa Rosa, CA

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