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

“Making good wine is a skill; making fine wine is an art.”
by Robert Mondavi

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.