2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica

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She says: A wonderful example of a beautifully balanced, elegant Riesling, and from Washington State no less!

He says: For me, this is an excellent wine, and I understand why an Old World producer like Dr. Loosen believes in the Riesling potential of the Pacific Northwest.

2008 Rippon Riesling Jeunesse

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She says: This wine to me was a bit like a yo-yo.

He says: This wine was a major letdown for me given the price and all the buzz in the Lower Mainland about this producer.

2006 Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato Campania IGT

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She says: If you are looking to experiment with some indigenous Italian varieties, this is a good wine to start with.

He says: I’ll be keeping an eye out for more wines from Feudi di San Gregorio and have a feeling their lineup of wines will contain more hidden gems like this one.

2007 Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture Terra di Vulcano

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She says: I could imagine drinking this in the southern Italian heat when bigger red’s would be too heavy.

He says: An easy-sipper if ever there was one. Drinkable, but unmemorable, and not very rustic.

2004 Rivera Aglianico Castel del Monte Riserva Cappellaccio

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She says: This wine is not for the faint hearted.

He says: …the wine smelled and tasted like a Chilliwack Farmer’s Fair – dung, barnyard, & earth.

2008 Oyster Bay Pinot Noir

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She says: Having been unimpressed with other Malborough Pinot Noir I’ve tasted, this wine proved to me that they can deliver on this finicky variety.

He says: At an informal blind tasting we attended of 7 different Pinot Noirs between $25 & $70, this one took first place in our books. Enough said.

2006 Blue Mountain Pinot Noir

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She says: This wine took us by surprise and stood up well beside examples from around the world.

He says: It’s drinking beautifully right now, showing a lot of meatiness and intensity on the nose, with sour cherry and herbaceousness on the palate.

Wine truths

“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.”
by John Maynard Keynes

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.