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.

Had a Glass: 2010 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé

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He says: Last year, this was impossible to find locally, but Marquis seems to have some stock of this year’s release. Buy now. Enjoy tomorrow.

She says: What makes this Rosé special (other than its honeymoon status) is that it has a savoury quality that balances its fruit and floral elements.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

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We attended a tasting last month where the highlight of the night was a 7-year vertical of one of BC’s most celebrated red blends: Osoyoos Larose’s Le Grand Vin. Unfortunately, the tasting ended up being an anti-climactic car wreck of unbalanced wines that left us regretting the roughly $350 worth of wine on the table before us.

Had a Glass: Morris Muscat Cellar Reserve Grand Liqueur

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He says: If you have a chance to taste a Morris fortified, do everything you can to make it so.

She says: What a treat… a glass full of lusciously delicious goodness.

Had a Glass: 2006 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos Red Label

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He says: Tokaji is one of those great joys that very few are aware of, yet there are few wines that compare.

She says: Those with a sweet tooth will love this.

Had a Glass: 2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys

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He says: Drink this alongside a regular Chardonnay (BC or California) and you’ll have a masterclass on minerality right in the comfort of your own home.

She says: Chablis is one of my favourite white wines and this is the perfect example of why.

2007 Tinhorn Creek 2 Bench Oldfield Series

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She says: …had a much better balance on the flavour profile with juicy black fruit and hints of mineral, chocolate and almost a touch of saltiness.

He says: Highly recommended at this price point!

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.