2008 Evans & Tate Chardonnay

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He says: At $20, it’s hard to find a better value and even creeps up to a 4-star rating for me.

She says: A fresh and balanced wine at a great price.

2008 Terra Incognita Chardonnay Mâcon-Villages

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He says: Hard to explain, and even harder to drink.

She says: It is rare for me to dislike a wine so completely.

2009 Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill

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He says: Ahhhhhh, thank you, Rodney Strong!

She says: A gem of a wine for the price. Need I say more.

2009 Montes Chardonnay Alpha

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He says: Not my favorite, and there are better values out there.

She says: The Montes was a more typical warm climate chardonnay with its strong tropical fruit notes and a wack of oak to chew on.

Drinking with a legend: Miguel A. Torres

Source: http://www.playhousewinefest.com

Miguel A. Torres, born in 1941, is one of the most celebrated wine icons in the world. He has won numerous accolades including the prestigious Decanter Man of the Year award in 2002. Yet, despite all his fame and the success of the Torres corporation, he is remarkably down-to-earth, humble, and lovingly self-deprecating.

Taste these! Wine picks for the 2011 Playhouse Wine Festival

Source: http://playhousewinefest.com/

We did our best to make our way through the Tasting Room at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival and came out feeling like we’d barely scratched the surface. With over 700 wines to taste, from 176 wineries, 15 countries, and only 3 hours on Thursday night, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. We arrived with a plan of attack composed of a list of wineries we had to try. Unfortunately, some tables were constantly 3 people deep so our best laid plans were only partially realized. So many wines, so little time.

Wine truths

“Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.”
by Ernest Hemingway

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.