Had a Glass: 2007 Waters Pepper Bridge Syrah

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He says: This bottle has little of the elegance we found in their cheaper designation, the fruit sweet and syrupy, and the pepper hidden until the finish.

She says: A solid wine but I can’t help but wonder if the ‘Forgotten Hills’ would have fared better.

Had a Glass: 2007 Tardieu-Laurent Cornas Coteaux

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He says: Thoroughly enjoyable, and a wine I will definitely buy again.

She says: Elegant & complex but with some lovely, fine tannins to give it structure and a little ‘oomph’.

Had a Glass: 2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

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He says: It’s a decent wine, but probably not the best Tempranillo I’ve ever tried.

She says: It was enjoyable but it did not blow me away as other aged Rioja’s have done in the past.

Had a Glass: 1992 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

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He says: …unique and something that every wine lover should taste and experience, even if you end up saying it’s not your cup of tea.

She says: I am happy to leave this one to the wine geeks.

Had a Glass: 2007 Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne

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He says: Advice – only buy if you’re rich and have lots of time on your hands.

She says: …failed to meet expectations or justify the massive gulp at the price tag.

Had a Glass: 2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys

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He says: Drink this alongside a regular Chardonnay (BC or California) and you’ll have a masterclass on minerality right in the comfort of your own home.

She says: Chablis is one of my favourite white wines and this is the perfect example of why.

2007 Tinhorn Creek 2 Bench Oldfield Series

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She says: …had a much better balance on the flavour profile with juicy black fruit and hints of mineral, chocolate and almost a touch of saltiness.

He says: Highly recommended at this price point!

Wine truths

“I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate…
And I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.”
by Napoleon Bonaparte

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.