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

“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.