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 Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino

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He says: On the palate, this wine is bursting with flavour, intensity, and fruit, with well-balanced acidity and a better than average finish.

She says: The fact that this is quite a rich wine, means that I find it enjoyable all year round. Unlike some white wines, it is not just a summer sipper.

2008 Louis Jadot Pinot Noir Bourgogne Couvent des Jacobins

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He says: Simple, boring, and a short finish. Damn, this sucked.

She says: A most uninspiring wine not worthy of its $27 price tag.

2009 JoieFarm Rosé

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He says: This would be better served marketed as a Beaujolais/Pinot Noir blend to be drunk at room temperature rather than chilled.

She says: For those of you that loved cherry-flavoured cough syrup growing up, this is the wine for you. It’s definitely not for me.

2008 Domaine Fabrice Gasnier Chinon Cuvée “à l’ancienne”

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He says: Lots of earth and barnyard to keep the funky drinkers happy.

She says: The aromas on this wine were almost overwhelming to start.

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.