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But are they any good?

January 08, 2003

How good can cheap wine be? We put to the test 22 wines recommended by retailers as the best they had for less than $5. They came from all over the world -- California, Washington, France, Spain, Italy, Australia and Argentina.

To avoid being swayed by an impressive appellation or label, we tasted them blind, each in a numbered glass, and revealed their identities only after the last score was given. The tasters -- Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila, columnist David Shaw, Food editor Michalene Busico and staff writer James Ricci -- used a scale of 0 to 5: 0 (dump down drain), 1 (serve to enemies), 2 (sippable), 3 (fine for takeout), 4 (decent house wine) and 5 (serve with pride). The final score for each wine is an average of those given by the four tasters.

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