2002 Paul Bara Champagne Special Club

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He says: This is good, well-made Champagne, however, I’m not so sure I’d recommend it at the price, and at this age

She says: This is definitely not a champagne for the faint hearted.

2007 Albert Mann Crémant d’Alsace

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He says: This is a great value sparkler that doesn’t have the word “Champagne” in its name, and thus, stays affordable.

She says: This was definitely a step up from a Cava or Prosecco.

2009 Château de Sancerre

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He says: A solid bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with more of a New World style – sure to be a crowd pleaser

She says: The price tag was not so balanced although not crazy for Sancerre.

2008 Evans & Tate Chardonnay

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He says: At $20, it’s hard to find a better value and even creeps up to a 4-star rating for me.

She says: A fresh and balanced wine at a great price.

2007 Fairview Cellars The Bear

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She says: More of a teddy bear than a black bear.

He says: I’d love to try this in a few years to see what secondary characteristics develop.

2006 Fattoria Nittardi Ad Astra Maremma Toscana IGT

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She says: This wine definitely had a more New World feel to it than a traditional Italian style.

He says: Think Tuscan farmer walking down Robson street – entertaining, but perhaps a bit out of place.

2008 8th Generation Vineyard Riesling

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She says: This wine is great value at $20 a bottle…

He says: Another solid bottle from 8th Generation, a winery that we have on our “ones to watch” list as they continue to deliver great value at excellent price points.

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.