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

“Wine is the intellectual part of a meal while meat is the material.”
by Alexandre Dumas

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.