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

“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.