2010 Foxtrot Vineyards Chardonnay

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He says: Well done, Foxtrot Vineyards. Massively impressed.

She says: The best BC Chardonnay I have tasted to date.

Bruno Gobillard Champagne Brut Rosé – Mille Sophie Cuvee

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He says: I can’t really say I’d ever buy this for the price as I find it to be a very bad value proposition.

She says: It was not as balanced as the other wines…

Paul Bara Champagne Brut Reserve Grand Cru

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He says: A top-notch bubbly, and one I’ll definitely buy again.

She says: Rich, lush and lovely.

Had a Glass: 2007 Waters Pepper Bridge Syrah

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He says: This bottle has little of the elegance we found in their cheaper designation, the fruit sweet and syrupy, and the pepper hidden until the finish.

She says: A solid wine but I can’t help but wonder if the ‘Forgotten Hills’ would have fared better.

Had a Glass: 2007 Tardieu-Laurent Cornas Coteaux

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He says: Thoroughly enjoyable, and a wine I will definitely buy again.

She says: Elegant & complex but with some lovely, fine tannins to give it structure and a little ‘oomph’.

Had a Glass: 2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

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He says: It’s a decent wine, but probably not the best Tempranillo I’ve ever tried.

She says: It was enjoyable but it did not blow me away as other aged Rioja’s have done in the past.

Had a Glass: 1992 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

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He says: …unique and something that every wine lover should taste and experience, even if you end up saying it’s not your cup of tea.

She says: I am happy to leave this one to the wine geeks.

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.