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

“A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.”
by Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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.