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

“Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of good wine.”
by St. Thomas Aquinas

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.