2009 8th Generation Vineyard Pinot Meunier Rosé

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He says: On the palate, the key for me is the red fruit doesn’t come out swinging, and there’s a beautiful balance of citrus notes without being tart.

She says: An easy drinking, summer sipper, although it may be a little too simple for some.

Segura Viudas Cava Brut Reserva

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He says: Honestly, I’d drink this everyday if we had an endless supply.

She says: At it’s 2010 price of $14 this was a steal but even at 2011 prices, its a great value bottle of bubbles!

2009 Dourthe Sauvignon Blanc La Grande Cuvée

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He says: This is a great wine at an amazing price, and it’s good to see Bordeaux deliver something other than plonk at the sub-$20 level.

She says: This tasted more New World to me than Bordeaux with its mouthwatering acidity and intense Sauvignon Blanc nose.

2009 Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill

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He says: Ahhhhhh, thank you, Rodney Strong!

She says: A gem of a wine for the price. Need I say more.

2007 Tinhorn Creek 2 Bench Oldfield Series

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She says: …had a much better balance on the flavour profile with juicy black fruit and hints of mineral, chocolate and almost a touch of saltiness.

He says: Highly recommended at this price point!

2007 Laughing Stock Vineyards Portfolio

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She says: Whilst this was my favourite wine of the tasting, it didn’t ‘wow’ me like it has on occasions past.

He says: There is depth and elegance to this wine, but it has yet to reach the complexity we find in Old World favorites, which is no surprise.

2006 Bindella Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva

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He says: On first taste, I wasn’t that impressed, but after time, this wine really wowed me. Serves me right.

She says: This wine was typical Italian: cherry, earthy, with a rustic nature that evolved into elegance.

Wine truths

“Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.”
by Ernest Hemingway

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.