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.

Had a Glass: 2007 Waters Pepper Bridge Syrah

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He says: This bottle has little of the elegance we found in their cheaper designation, the fruit sweet and syrupy, and the pepper hidden until the finish.

She says: A solid wine but I can’t help but wonder if the ‘Forgotten Hills’ would have fared better.

2009 Buty Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

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He says: I didn’t mind it, and it would be good in the right situation, however, it’s not without its flaws.

She says: Overall, this wine had a lovely aroma and flavour profile.

2007 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vine

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She says: Definitely my least favourite of the two Zinfandels

He says: I recommend you drink it as a chaser for Jägermeister – it’ll help it to taste more like a glass of wine.

2007 Ridge Three Valleys

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She says: …it was a great example of a blend being better than it’s parts.

He says: …it didn’t make me love Zinfandel, and that’s what I was hoping for.

2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica

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She says: A wonderful example of a beautifully balanced, elegant Riesling, and from Washington State no less!

He says: For me, this is an excellent wine, and I understand why an Old World producer like Dr. Loosen believes in the Riesling potential of the Pacific Northwest.

2007 Andrew Rich Pinot Noir Cuvée B

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He says: A well-balanced wine that I will definitely re-buy in a better vintage to drink again.

She says: Having been impressed in the past by Andrew Rich wines, it was a pleasant surprise to see this unveiled after the tasting.

Wine truths

“A typical wine writer was once described as someone with a typewriter who was looking for his name in print, a free lunch, and a way to write off his wine cellar. It’s a dated view. Wine writers now use computers.”
by Frank Prial

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.