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.

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.

2008 Château Thénac Bergerac Sec

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He says: When people say a wine needs food, they usually mean that a wine is unbalanced and needs some disguising…

She says: The first time I had this wine I really enjoyed it but in this blind tasting it did stand out as overly-oaked.

2009 Château de Sancerre

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He says: A solid bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with more of a New World style – sure to be a crowd pleaser

She says: The price tag was not so balanced although not crazy for Sancerre.

2009 Black Hills Estate Alibi

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She says: Overall, this wine showed excellent balance with its high Sauvignon Blanc content providing refreshing acidity.

He says: Lived up to its reputation as one of the best white wines from the Okanagan.

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.

Canada Day guest bloggers

El Capitan is a connoisseur of fine wine, and Kokanee

On the evening of Canada Day, we decided to have our two good friends, the CakeBitch & El Capitan, over for some homemade pizza and an impromptu wine tasting. This was the first time they’ve ever “tasted blind” by having two glasses of the same variety side-by-side to compare and contrast.

Wine truths

“I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.”
by Frank Sinatra

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.