Had a Glass: LAM Pinotage 2011

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He says: “How can you tell a Pinotage in a blind tasting? Well, it smells like a riot: burning tires and smoke!”

She says: Not only do Lammershoek make good wine, they also have some incredibly eye-catching yet classy labels (no furry animals or cursing in sight).

Had a Glass: 2002 Horst Sauer Escherndorfer Lump Spätlese Trocken

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He says: One of the most bizarre wine bottles I’ve ever seen, with an equally bizarre full-form name.

She says: It is not often you find a 10 year old bottle of German Riesling for under £20.

Had a Glass: NV Fernando de Castilla Fino “Antique”

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She says: “Rich” is not normally a word that comes to mind when drinking Fino sherry.

He says: What stands out most for me is how much character this Fino has.

Had a Glass: 2010 Elephant Hill Pinot Noir

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He says: This is a solid Pinot Noir, but would it be worth the $40-50 CAD it’d be priced at in BC? Probably not.

She says: For me, this was a disappointment, especially at the £20 price tag.

Had a Glass: 2010 Le Vieux Pin Sauvignon Blanc

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He says: We’re actually looking forward to the rest of the new portfolio from this winery.

She says: Lovely, rich fruit and strong grassy notes, all rounded beautifully by a hint of oak.

2010 Foxtrot Vineyards Chardonnay

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He says: Well done, Foxtrot Vineyards. Massively impressed.

She says: The best BC Chardonnay I have tasted to date.

Had a Glass: 1975 Graham Porto Vintage

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He says: This is a wine to be savoured slowly, but it tastes so good that you’ll have a hard time keeping your glass full.

She says: It had layer upon layer of flavour, a depth rarely seen by us mere mortals.

Wine truths

“If penicillin can cure those that are ill, Spanish sherry can bring the dead back to life.”
by Sir Alexander Fleming

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.