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

“If penicillin can cure those that are ill, Spanish sherry can bring the dead back to life.”
by Sir Alexander Fleming

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.