Labor Day Sips

Bargain sippers for summers' end.


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Bargain Sippers for Summer's End

Summer is slipping away, but there's still time to enjoy the season with a Labor Day picnic or poolside get-together. Your food and wine pairings will help make the day an event. Grilling a savory rack of ribs? Think about Zinfandel. Indulging your guests in a plate of succulent oysters? Rosé is an ideal pick.

Whatever your choice, our editors' Best Buys will help you usher out summer in style.

Whites
91 L'Ecole No. 41 2004 Barrel Fermented Semillon (Columbia Valley); $15. Best Buy.
90 Arboleda 2005 Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley); $15. Best Buy.
90 Aveleda 2005 Alvarinho (Vinho Verde); $11. Best Buy.
90 Bonny Doon 2004 Big House White (California); $10. Best Buy.
90 Burgáns 2005 Albariño (Rias Baixas); $12. Best Buy.
90 Weinrieder 2005 Schneiderberg Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich); $15. Best Buy.
89 Wineglass Cellars 2005 In The Buff Chardonnay (Columbia Valley); $13. Best Buy.

Reds
90 Bonny Doon 2004 Big House Red (California); $10. Best Buy.
90 Columbia Crest 2002 Grand Estates Shiraz (Columbia Valley); $11. Best Buy.
89 Eolo 2000 Crianza (Navarra); $13. Best Buy.
89 Viu Manent 2004 Oak Aged Reserve Malbec (Colchagua Valley); $13. Best Buy.
87 De Bortoli 2005 dB Selection Petite Sirah (South Eastern Australia); $9. Best Buy.
87 Two Oceans 2004 Shiraz (Western Cape); $8. Best Buy.

Rosés
91 Charles Melton 2005 Rosé (Barossa Valley); $15. Best Buy.
90 Ca' del Solo 2004 Big House Pink (California); $10. Best Buy.
87 Yalumba 2005 Y Series Sangiovese Rosé (South Australia); $11. Best Buy.
85 Viña La Rosa 2005 La Palma Rosé Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon (Cachapoal Valley); $9. Best Buy.
85 Vinum Cellars 2005 Rosé It's Okay! Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley); 10. Best Buy.
84 Peirano 2004 Autumn's Blush Cabernet Sauvignon (Lodi); 5. Best Buy.

For full tasting notes, visit our Buying Guide.

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