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As the disclaimer below points out, I make it a point to purchase the wines I rate here at my own expense at standard retail shops. From time to time, though, an unsolicited freebie comes in (generally low-end stuff), and rather than pour it out, I'll generally hang onto it until I have a handful and then subject them to critical tasting, disclosing in my report that I departed from my usual practice of buying my own. Such is the case for the three modestly priced bottles below. They were all palatable, but I can't say that any of them rose above the median.
Rosemount Estate 1996 South Eastern Australia Cabernet Sauvignon ($8.99)
FOOD MATCH: Cheese-and-spinach manicotti in a light tomato sauce. The wine's snappy acidity made it a rather good match with the tomatoes.
Michel Picard 1996 Syrah Vin de Pays d'Oc ($8.99)
FOOD MATCH: Excellent with rare roast beef.
Brolio 1995 Chianti Classico ($10.99)
FOOD MATCH: Arroz con pollo. The wine's natural acidity makes it a pleasant match with the tomato-and-rice chicken dish.
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