Our panels tasted 1102 new-release wines for this April 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.

GV I Covim $8
1999 Montemaggiore al Metauro Bianchello del Metauro
Take a trip to Le Marche's seaside with this light, lemon-pithy wine from the biancame grape. It's acidity is fierce, just the thing for brodetto or sardines.
Chartrand Imports, Rockland, ME
GV I Gristina $9.99
2000 Apaucuck Long Island Point House Chardonnay
A pleasingly simple, Mâcon style with plenty of dry nectarine fruit flavor, Gristina's value-priced chardonnay is a great house-wine buy. (1,950 cases)
Galluccio Estate Vineyards, L.L.C., Cutchogue, NY
GV I Forest Glen $9.99
2000 California Chardonnay
Like taking a bite out of a sweet green apple, this simple chardonnay has a pleasing leanness that will pair nicely with a plate of sand dabs.
Forest Glen Winery, Sonoma, CA
GV I Wirra Wirra Vineyards $10
2001 Fleurieu Scrubby Rise Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier
Toasty scents of lees and caramel flow into this light blend's warmth. Semillon gives it a lanolin smoothness that will deepen with a few years of age.
Wilson Daniels, St. Helena, CA
EV I King Estate $10
1999 Oregon Chardonnay
Sweet scents of white peaches introduce this clean, gentle white. The flavors of apple cider and the soft, powdery texture place it with roast veal.
King Estate Winery, Eugene, OR
GV I Bodegas Crotta $8.50
2000 Mendoza Tempranillo
The juicy, black currant fruit with its cola and anise flavors and bright acidity make this Argentine version of the Spanish grape a choice for beef empanadas.
Austral Wine Merchants, Charlottesville, VA
GV I Kendall-Jackson $8.99
2000 California Collage Red
This simple red is light and frisky with cherry flavor. Its fresh acidity will work well with tomato-sauced pastas and pizzas.
Kendall-Jackson Vineyards & Winery, Geyserville, CA
GV I Talus $9
1999 California Zinfandel
Talus' Zin has a Beaujolais freshness, a bright cherry-berry flavor that finishes sweet. Pour it with a beef pot pie.
Talus, Woodbridge, CA
GV I Trapiche $9.99
1999 Mendoza Oak Cask Malbec
Juicy, licorice-licked plum fruit has enough of a grip to grasp ribs or roast pork, though it's balanced and light enough to drink on its own.
Frederick Wildman & Sons, NY
GV I Deakin Estate $10
2000 Australia Shiraz
Cool and soft, there's a gentle richness to this shiraz, a sweet and smoky red for barbecued ribs.
Epic Wines, Aptos, CA