Had a Glass: 2002 Horst Sauer Escherndorfer Lump Spätlese Trocken

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He says: One of the most bizarre wine bottles I’ve ever seen, with an equally bizarre full-form name.

She says: It is not often you find a 10 year old bottle of German Riesling for under £20.

Had a Glass: 2010 Le Vieux Pin Sauvignon Blanc

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He says: We’re actually looking forward to the rest of the new portfolio from this winery.

She says: Lovely, rich fruit and strong grassy notes, all rounded beautifully by a hint of oak.

2010 Foxtrot Vineyards Chardonnay

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He says: Well done, Foxtrot Vineyards. Massively impressed.

She says: The best BC Chardonnay I have tasted to date.

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.

Had a Glass: 2006 Domaine Yves Cuilleron Condrieu Les Chaillets

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He says: This is an intense wine, showing depth and balance beyond any Viognier I’ve ever had. Definitely a 5-star wine, and something that any curious wine lover needs to experience.

She says: This is one of the those wines that I will be talking about for years to come.

Had a Glass: 2009 Telmo Rodríguez Rueda Basa Blanco

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He says: We’re always wary of hype, but happy to find it justified in this case.

She says: Easy drinking, with a pleasant finish that is perfect for summer.

2009 Dourthe Sauvignon Blanc La Grande Cuvée

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He says: This is a great wine at an amazing price, and it’s good to see Bordeaux deliver something other than plonk at the sub-$20 level.

She says: This tasted more New World to me than Bordeaux with its mouthwatering acidity and intense Sauvignon Blanc nose.

Wine truths

“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”
by Benjamin Franklin

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.