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).

2008 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages

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He says: …this wine had a much better structure, both acidic and tannic than the Pinot Noir from the same producer.

She says: Life is too short to drink boring wine when there are so many interesting wines out there to explore!

2009 8th Generation Vineyard Pinot Meunier Rosé

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He says: On the palate, the key for me is the red fruit doesn’t come out swinging, and there’s a beautiful balance of citrus notes without being tart.

She says: An easy drinking, summer sipper, although it may be a little too simple for some.

2007 Albino Armani Friuli Grave Cabernet Franc

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He says: I found the wine to be pretty tame compared to most examples of Cabernet Franc that we drink, and lacking in varietal character.

She says: An interesting wine but far from mind blowing.

Had a Glass: 2009 Telmo Rodríguez Rueda Basa Blanco

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He says: We’re always wary of hype, but happy to find it justified in this case.

She says: Easy drinking, with a pleasant finish that is perfect for summer.

Had a Glass: 2006 Château La Maroutine

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He says: It’s hard to find a good bottle of Bordeaux for $20, and this bottle might just be the answer.

She says: Overall a good value-for-money Bordeaux.

Segura Viudas Cava Brut Reserva

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He says: Honestly, I’d drink this everyday if we had an endless supply.

She says: At it’s 2010 price of $14 this was a steal but even at 2011 prices, its a great value bottle of bubbles!

Wine truths

“I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.”
by Frank Sinatra

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.