2008 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages

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He says: …this wine had a much better structure, both acidic and tannic than the Pinot Noir from the same producer.

She says: Life is too short to drink boring wine when there are so many interesting wines out there to explore!

2004 Rivera Aglianico Castel del Monte Riserva Cappellaccio

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She says: This wine is not for the faint hearted.

He says: …the wine smelled and tasted like a Chilliwack Farmer’s Fair – dung, barnyard, & earth.

2006 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tradizionale

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He says: I’d hold off on this unless you are ordering the steak special at the Olive Garden.

She says: With royalty depicted on the label, I expected more tradition from this Chianti Classico!

2009 Vacceos Rueda Rosado

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She says: It is not often we don’t finish a bottle of wine when we open it but this one went back in the fridge until a couple of days later. It either improved in this time or my expectations were so low that it somehow didn’t seem so bad.

He says: A strange Rosé to say the least in that the drapes don’t match the carpet.

2007 Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon

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He says: This bottle is a prime example of an underipe harvest – too tart, aggressive tannins, not enough intensity or length, and almost the opposite characteristics of what you’d expect from this grape. Avoid.

She says: A disappointing example of McLaren Vale.

Wine truths

“I went on a rigorous diet that eliminated alcohol, fat and sugar. In two weeks, I lost 14 days.”
by Tim Maia, Brazilian singer-songwriter

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.