Had a Glass: 2010 Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino

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He says: On the palate, this wine is bursting with flavour, intensity, and fruit, with well-balanced acidity and a better than average finish.

She says: The fact that this is quite a rich wine, means that I find it enjoyable all year round. Unlike some white wines, it is not just a summer sipper.

2007 Albino Armani Friuli Grave Cabernet Franc

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He says: I found the wine to be pretty tame compared to most examples of Cabernet Franc that we drink, and lacking in varietal character.

She says: An interesting wine but far from mind blowing.

Il Follo Prosecco di Treviso Extra Dry

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He says: Could really take it or leave it.

She says: A straightforward bubbly that those with a sweet wine affection would no doubt enjoy.

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.

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.

2006 Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato Campania IGT

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She says: If you are looking to experiment with some indigenous Italian varieties, this is a good wine to start with.

He says: I’ll be keeping an eye out for more wines from Feudi di San Gregorio and have a feeling their lineup of wines will contain more hidden gems like this one.

2007 Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture Terra di Vulcano

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She says: I could imagine drinking this in the southern Italian heat when bigger red’s would be too heavy.

He says: An easy-sipper if ever there was one. Drinkable, but unmemorable, and not very rustic.

Wine truths

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.”
by Mark Twain

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.