CHEAP Chilean wines available on supermarket shelves were among the vintages awarded gold in this year's Wines of the Pacific Rim festival. The South American country had by far the biggest success in the 10th annual competition sponsored by the South China Morning Post, taking two-thirds of the best value wines and claiming a huge number of gold and bronze medals. Two golds and a bronze went to Chile's Vina Gracia for its 1994 cabernet sauvignon, 1996 merlot and 1997 chardonnay. 'It was quite astounding,' said WinPac organiser Mr Justice Noel Power. 'I think the reason is simply that Chile has been making wines for a very long time, they have a great deal of expertise and are within the world's mainstream taste parameters.'