2009 Buty Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

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He says: I didn’t mind it, and it would be good in the right situation, however, it’s not without its flaws.

She says: Overall, this wine had a lovely aroma and flavour profile.

2008 Maison des Bulliats Régnié

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She says: This was a good value wine and easily the best out of the three.

He says: For $16, I think it’s a bargain and worth a try, especially if you’re looking for an alternative to a budget bottle of Pinot Noir which keeps on disappointing you.

2007 Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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She says: At nearly $40 a bottle, not even its papal history can justify this price tag for me.

He says: There’s nothing particularly horrible about this wine, yet there’s nothing particularly great about it either.

2008 Rippon Riesling Jeunesse

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She says: This wine to me was a bit like a yo-yo.

He says: This wine was a major letdown for me given the price and all the buzz in the Lower Mainland about this producer.

2008 Haras de Pirque Carménère Equus

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She says: This wasn’t bad but I’d still prefer to drink a Cab Sauv if I had to drink a $20 Chilean red.

He says: It’s not quite there yet, and needs more time in the bottle to settle down, lose some oak, and tame the stewed fruit.

2006 Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva

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He says: A well-structured wine with strong acidity and finely-balanced tannins make this a great match for tomato-based Italian dishes or a take-out pizza.

She says: Whilst it was the better of the two in this tasting, it appears to be developing at a slower rate than the 2005 which was drinking beautifully this time last year.

2008 8th Generation Vineyard Pinot Noir

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She says: Not bad but nothing to get really excited about either. Unless you count the cool use of the figure 8 to create very distinctive labels… love the branding!

He says: This Pinot Noir doesn’t blow me away, and it’s typical of the average BC style: solid red fruit, but very tight, and linear with little depth or complexity.

Wine truths

“A typical wine writer was once described as someone with a typewriter who was looking for his name in print, a free lunch, and a way to write off his wine cellar. It’s a dated view. Wine writers now use computers.”
by Frank Prial

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.