Our panels tasted 1,620 new-release wines for this February 2003 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.

GV I Rosemount Estate $8.99
2002 South Eastern Australia Chardonnay Semillon
Dusty grape skin scents introduce this mild, soft white. Light and chillable, it's ready to sip before dinner.
Southcorp Wines, The Americas, Napa, CA
GV I Penfolds $9.99
2001 South Australia Koonunga Hill Chardonnay
Light and brisk up front, this chardonnay builds to a plump, soft finish. A savory-sweet Aussie, chill this leesy white for aperitifs.
Southcorp Wines, The Americas, Napa, CA
GV I Dallas-Conté $10
2002 Casablanca Valley Chardonnay
A simple, Mâcon-like chardonnay, this has a citrus zest flavor of orange and lime. It's pleasantly leesy and firm, suited for fish chowder.
Beringer Blass Wine Estates, Napa, CA
EV I Morandé $10.99
2002 Casablanca Valley Terrarum Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Fruit and floral tones blend into a beautifully fresh white for fish, concentrated enough in its richness for scallops, clean enough for sole.
Morandé USA, Kennesaw, GA
EV I Teruzzi & Puthod $10.99
2001 Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Scents of almond and fresh churned butter enrich this brisk, saline vernaccia. It's balanced and mouthwatering, a white for most any fish, whether pan seared or roasted.
Empson U.S.A. Inc., Alexandria, VA
GV I Vega Alta $6
2000 Mendoza Proprietor's Estate
Juicy and peppery, this is a varietally correct shiraz at a good price. Pour its spice with a burger.
Chatham Imports, Inc., NY
GV I Trapiche $7.99
2002 Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon
Tight in the youthfully grapey aroma, this opens to fresh and juicy strawberry flavors. It's a simple, plump red for roast beef.
Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd., NY
EV I Sticks $13
2000 Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A robust flavor of black currants lives right in the middle of this wine, youthful and tight, clean and restrained. A quiet beauty.
Click Imports, Seattle, WA
EV I Calina $14
2001 Maule Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - Carmenere Coastal Vineyards
Deep red in color and bright ruby in aroma, this is a lively blend, its fruit tart as a persimmon and spicy-fresh.
Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, Santa Rosa, CA
GV I Cathedral Cellar $14.99
1999 Western Cape Shiraz
You can almost smell the tannin in this smoky Cape shiraz. It's wholesome and satisfying, a refined wine for pot au feu.
57 Main Street Wine Co., Garden City, NY