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 Lindemans Shiraz Bin 50

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He says: The Aussies are having a laugh.

She says: …for me was at least drinkable (but only just).

2009 Yellow Tail Shiraz

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She says: It makes me sad that this is what a lot of consumers think of when they think of Aussie wine. If I was ‘playing by my rules’ as Yellow Tail advertise, I would not serve this at all.

He says: Made to please the masses of the easy-drinking wine drinking public, it’s easy to see why this sells as well as Welch’s grape juice, and I don’t mean to criticize Welch’s.

2008 Donnafugata Sedàra Sicilia IGT

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He says: This wine is so disappointing for $20, especially considering all the other great values out of Italy at the same price. Stick with a Valpolicella, or an Aglianico, or a six-pack of Peroni.

She says: After hearing great things recently about Sicilian wine this was nothing short of a big disappointment!

Wine truths

“Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.”
by Henry Fielding

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.