Had a Glass: LAM Pinotage 2011

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He says: “How can you tell a Pinotage in a blind tasting? Well, it smells like a riot: burning tires and smoke!”

She says: Not only do Lammershoek make good wine, they also have some incredibly eye-catching yet classy labels (no furry animals or cursing in sight).

Had a Glass: 2010 Elephant Hill Pinot Noir

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He says: This is a solid Pinot Noir, but would it be worth the $40-50 CAD it’d be priced at in BC? Probably not.

She says: For me, this was a disappointment, especially at the £20 price tag.

2008 Louis Jadot Pinot Noir Bourgogne Couvent des Jacobins

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He says: Simple, boring, and a short finish. Damn, this sucked.

She says: A most uninspiring wine not worthy of its $27 price tag.

2008 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages

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He says: …this wine had a much better structure, both acidic and tannic than the Pinot Noir from the same producer.

She says: Life is too short to drink boring wine when there are so many interesting wines out there to explore!

Had a Glass: 2010 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé

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He says: Last year, this was impossible to find locally, but Marquis seems to have some stock of this year’s release. Buy now. Enjoy tomorrow.

She says: What makes this Rosé special (other than its honeymoon status) is that it has a savoury quality that balances its fruit and floral elements.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

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We attended a tasting last month where the highlight of the night was a 7-year vertical of one of BC’s most celebrated red blends: Osoyoos Larose’s Le Grand Vin. Unfortunately, the tasting ended up being an anti-climactic car wreck of unbalanced wines that left us regretting the roughly $350 worth of wine on the table before us.

2008 Domaine Fabrice Gasnier Chinon Cuvée “à l’ancienne”

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He says: Lots of earth and barnyard to keep the funky drinkers happy.

She says: The aromas on this wine were almost overwhelming to start.

Wine truths

“A hard drinker, being at the table, was offered grapes for dessert. 'Thank you,' said he, pushing the dish away from him, 'but I am not in the habit of taking my wine in pills.'”
by Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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.