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.

2007 Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Old Vines

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He says: Tantalus is renown for their Riesling, and the Old Vines bottling is at the pinnacle of what is produced in BC.

She says: Now this is my kind of Riesling!

2008 8th Generation Vineyard Riesling

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She says: This wine is great value at $20 a bottle…

He says: Another solid bottle from 8th Generation, a winery that we have on our “ones to watch” list as they continue to deliver great value at excellent price points.

2007 Ex Nihilo Vineyards Riesling

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She says: I am a lover of Riesling and this didn’t quite cut it for me.

He says: Overall, uninspiring, and there’s better bottles to spend your money on.

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.

2008 Rippon Riesling Jeunesse

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She says: This wine to me was a bit like a yo-yo.

He says: This wine was a major letdown for me given the price and all the buzz in the Lower Mainland about this producer.

Had a Glass: 2008 Fred Loimer Riesling Lenz

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He says: A bit too dry and austere for me, especially up against Judas Goat’s beet salad.

She says: I was in heaven. Lovely minerality and petrol notes.

Wine truths

“Can't we just get rid of wine lists? Do we really have to be reminded every time we go out to a nice restaurant that we have no idea what we are doing? Why don't they just give us a trigonometry quiz with the menu?”
by Jerry Seinfeld

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.