VALUES

Our panels tasted 1,537 new-release wines for this October 2002 issue, and singled out a range of inexpensive wines for the value they offer. W&S critics Tara Q. Thomas and Patrick Comiskey then tasted these wines and rated them for their quality-price ratio. These ten 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.

WHITES
GV I KWV $8
2001 Western Cape Sauvignon Blanc
The green skin of the grape edges this wine's sweet pineapple and pear fruit. Chill it for shrimp cocktail.
57 Main Street Wine Co., Garden City, NY
 
GV I Albertoni $8.99
2000 California Pinot Grigio
The pink skin of the grape colors this wine with a dusty talc scent and a mild flavor. Chill it as an aperitif.
Albertoni Vineyards, Sonoma, CA
 
GV I Sumarroca $9
Cava Brut Reserva
Simple and lively, this cava balances its lemon-flower aromas against a clean mineral taste. It's tart and direct, good for a summer afternoon.
Frontier Wine Imports, Dover, NJ
 
EV I Argiolas $9
2001 Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino
Buttercup yellow and as bright as the sun, this is a perfect beach house pour. Drink in its broad, peachy flavors on their own or with grilled lobster.
Winebow, NY
 
GV I Markham $9.99
2001 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Clean, bright and crisp, this sauvignon has a snappy grapefruit rind savor that will work nicely with pan-fried rockfish.
Markham Vineyards, St. Helena, CA
 
GV I Hogue $10
2001 Columbia Valley Gewurztraminer
Clean as a freshwater spring, this white is slate-mineral at its core, ringed by a honeyed peach nectar at the edges. It finishes tight, with that honeyed buzz that will smoke up roast pork.
The Hogue Cellars, Prosser, WA
 
REDS
GV I Round Hill $8
1999 California Cabernet Sauvignon
Sappy cherry flavors lined with a firm, fresh-cut green herb note make this a solid cabernet for grilled rosemary-rubbed pork chops.
Round Hill Vineyards, St. Helena, CA
 
GV I Mirassou $9
1999 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
The lively acids on this simple cabernet accent sweet cherry and strawberry flavors: a cabernet with a light touch. Pour for your next barbecue.
Mirassou Vineyards, San Jose, CA
 
GV I Santa Carolina $9.99/1.5L
2000 Maule Valley Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
Sweet scents of licorice and raspberry candy fill this rich and round red, a good buy for summer cookouts.
Canandaigua Wine Company, Concord, CA
 
GV I Kourtaki $11/1.5L
1999 Nemea Agiorgitiko
Sweet, dense strawberry flavors have an easy heft. Keep a bottle on hand for burgers or souvlaki.
Nestor Imports, NY