2006 Bindella Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva

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He says: On first taste, I wasn’t that impressed, but after time, this wine really wowed me. Serves me right.

She says: This wine was typical Italian: cherry, earthy, with a rustic nature that evolved into elegance.

2006 Fattoria Nittardi Ad Astra Maremma Toscana IGT

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She says: This wine definitely had a more New World feel to it than a traditional Italian style.

He says: Think Tuscan farmer walking down Robson street – entertaining, but perhaps a bit out of place.

Had a Glass: Segura Viudas Cava Brut Reserva Heredad

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He says: It’s a solid bubbly, but sign me up for two of the cheaper Brut Reserva bottles rather than one of these.

She says: Rarely do I agree with my husband on every point, but I’d say he’s bang-on with that review.

Had a Glass: Rockford Black Shiraz

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He says: For those that have never had a quality sparkling Shiraz, I know what you’re thinking given the utter dross we have in Canada.

She says: I had high expectations for this wine and it definitely delivered.

Had a Glass: 2008 Mountadam Chardonnay High Eden

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He says: Nicely balanced with well-integrated oak showing as mellow toast notes, but by no means an oak monster.

She says: A little hot on the alcohol but overall a well-rounded, elegant Chardonnay.

Had a Glass: 1998 Tyrrell’s Sémillon Vat 1

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She says: In a word: orgasmic.

He says:. Absolutely outstanding, and a must-have if you ever come across it.

Had a Glass: 2010 Charles Melton Rose of Virginia

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He says: I really enjoyed this wine and wish it was something I could stock a case of at home.

She says: It was a great welcome home.

Wine truths

“Wine is life.”
by Petronius, Roman writer

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.