Strawberry Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery (PEI, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B]

Strawberry Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery, 11% ABV – 750 ml.(Little Sands, Prince Edward Island, Canada)

description from the Rossignol website:

“Warm island summers provide bountiful crops from which we produce this fresh-flavoured strawberry wine. A trio of juicy sweet varieties create a perfect aperitif to serve with aged cheese.”

  • Style: (strawberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Tangy-zingy juicy fleshy bright strawberry alcoholic slight cloying
  • Where I got it : ordered from their website/phone
  • How much: $19 CAD (after S&H) – 750 ml., March 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: yes

Visual: Non-vintage, cellared for 4 years. Pours light cherry red, clear as water, micro bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass.

Nose: clean strawberry juicy syrup with a bit of tang. (lvl-7)-intensity

Attack: big red fruity impression

Mid-palate: tangy acidity, alcohol detection, juicy fleshy strawberry, slight candied (lvl-5-sweetness)

Finish: slight cloying, strawberry syrup exhale

Summary: Plenty of authentic strawberry body, good depth and body, very enjoyable except for a mild alcoholic intrusion creeping the mids until the finish. One of the more authentic flavoured fruit wines I’ve had to date.

Adam’s Apple 2008 – Forbidden Fruit Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Adam’s Apple Dry Apple Table Wine 2008 – Forbidden Fruit Winery, 11% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)

on the back label:

“Our Adam’s Apple white table wine is lovingly crafted from the perfect blend of 6 different apple varieties all grown in the pristine Similkameen Valley.

With thousands of apple varieties believed to have grown in the original ‘Garden of Eden,’ the varietal blend in Adam’s Apple casts pure summer apple aromas with citrus and apple butter undertones. This crystal clear wine offers a palate of crisp clean citrus, a long finish of tangerine and pineapple, and will be enjoyed with veggie dishes, salads, salmon and shellfish and exotic cheeses.”


  • Style: (dry table wine – Apple) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Gentle clean bright tangy red apple subdued acidic
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $17.90 CAD – 650 ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: almost, but too gentle

Visual: (2008 vintage, cellared for 8.5 years). Cork intact & good condition. Pours crystal clear light yellow.

Nose: fruity apple juice with some extra minerality (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bright fruity apple impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), tangy bright red apple juice, light apple wine alcoholic, firm acidity

Finish: residual tanginess, apple exhale

Summary: Super clean apple flavour up front with a lightly sweet and bright body. Not quite as sour or acidic as you might expect from an apple wine, this one is easy going and very sippable. Slightly thin at the finish.

Apple Pear Wine 2008 – Rustic Roots Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Apple Pear Wine 2008 (apple cider and plum wine blend) – Rustic Roots Winery, 12.0% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada

description from the Rustic Roots website:

“This fresh crisp acidic wine has deceiving aromas of sweet baked apples with a surprisingly big midpalate with a dry and fresh palate of green apples, quince, spice and a touch of pineapple.  Made with 5 Varieties of Organic Similkameen Apples (Ambrosia, Gala, Macintosh, HoneyCrisp, Golden) and 3 Varieties of Organic Similkameen Pears (D’Anjou, Bartlett and Comice) This wine mimics an Unoaked Chardonnay with a bit of a Gewurztraminer, with its fresh green apple, pear, spice and pineapple nuances.”

  • Style: Apple-Pear Wine
  • Taste: Fruity juicy off-dry tangy mild tannic green/red apple mild pear hints of spice-pineapple
  • Where I got it : Liberty Wines (?) / Vancouver
  • How much: $22 CAD – 750ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: not raving

Visual: (cellared for 9 years). Pours clear light golden yellow, pristine clarity.

Nose: apple juice with a some dank woody peel, slight pear influence. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: bright fruity entry, juicy dry apple impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), tangy juicy acidity, slightly dank apple wine, green apple, woody apple peel

Finish: hints of cinnamon/nutmeg spice, perfumey pear-red apple exhale, off-dry palate, pineapple notes.

Summary: It has the advertised flavours, solid quality and composition. The fruitiness helps offset the dryness and together they create an appetizing and sippable combo. All around clean, medium body, good complexity and transitions.

Blueberry Dessert Wine 2007 – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: C+

Blueberry Dessert Wine 2007 – Isabella Winery, 11% ABV – 375 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)

on the back label:

“Overlooking the historic Fraser River in the heart of blueberry country, Isabella Winery balances blueberry characteristics in this off-dry dessert wine. Delicious drizzled over vanilla ice cream”

  • Style: (Blueberry) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Dense sweet juicy rich blueberry-blackberry tangy firm acidic mild alcohol
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $17 (after 15% off) – 375 ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: decent if untainted

Visual: (cellared for 10 years), a bit of mold on top of the cork. Pours deep purple, a bit of sediment.

Nose: light acidic alcoholic blueberry juice (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: slightly syrupy, dense sweet blueberry impression

Mid-palate: tangy firm acidity, (lvl-8-sweetness), rich blueberry-mild blackberry juiciness

Finish: residual sugars, berry exhale, trace amounts of mold in the aftertaste (from the cork I suspect)

Summary: Isabella Winery sure is hit and miss. While the majority of their products are mediocre at best, this one is actually above average. It’s a shame that there was just a touch of mold in the aftertaste. Can’t say I would but this again, but I’m certainly glad I didn’t feel ripped off. The sugars make my sensitive teeth tingle.

Mure Oh! – Merridale Ciderworks (Cobble Hill, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

Mure Oh! Fortified Blackberry Wine – Merridale Ciderworks Corp., 19.5% ABV, 375 ml., (Cobble Hill, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine)

on the front-left label:

“A delicate blend of our own blackberry brandy and blackberry juice gives this dessert drink a full fruity richness with a deep colour”


  • Style: (fortified blackberry wine) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Forward alcohol very tart deep blackberry wine slight smoky alcoholic warmth
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$25 CAD – 375ml., sometime in 2012-2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (cellared for at least 3 years). Synthetic cork, really stuck in there. Pours

Nose: deep luscious tangy blackberry wine, soft alcoholic background (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: tart berriness, almost immediate alcohol

Mid-palate: more alcohol presence, luscious tangy blackberry wine, slight smokiness, eau-de-vie

Finish: very tart, blackberry wine exhale, moderate throat warmth

Summary: A lot of depth to the blackberry, but with it comes a rather forward alcohol presence. The blackberry flavour itself has the dark berriness but lacks the bright, tangy juiciness you find in the fresh fruit; thus after a glass the taste becomes predictable and overly tart. Too much alcohol, not enough complexity.

Fortified Raspberry Fruit Wine – Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: B

Fortified Raspberry fruit wine (Non-vintage) – Wellbrook Winery, 16% ABV – 375 ml., (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)

  • Style: (Fruit – Raspberry) Fortified Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Rich tangy-zingy sour raspberry juice integrated alcohol
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $22 (after 5% off) – 375ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yep!

Visual: Real cork. Pours blood red, ultra clear and thicker viscosity.

Nose: bursting tangy raspberry juice with some currant and alcohol in the backend – awesome. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: tingly-tangy, dense fruity raspberry

Mid-palate: (lvl-7-sweetness), big tangy-zingy-sour alcohol, tangy raspberry juice,

Finish: fruity tart, red/black currant/raspberry depth, soft alcoholic throat warmth, lingering tangy acidity.

Summary: Consistent with their Blackberry [B] and Cranberry [B-] fortified wines, this raspberry is also full of authentic berry depth and a structured alcoholic body. It gets somewhat more aggressive at is warms, but is still very engaging.

Pippin 2011 – Rustic Roots Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Pippin 2011 – Rustic Roots Winery, 11.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)

description from the Rustic Roots website, and a photo of a cox orange pippin apple:pippin-apple

“This Crisp, Clean White Sparkling Wine made with 100% Similkameen Valley Fruit, contains 70% Pippin Apple and 30% Organic Nectarine.  This wine has beautiful Aromatics with a clean, light and crisp palate, displaying aromas and flavors of green apple, floral, a touch of nectarine skin on the finish and creamy bubbles.”

  • Style: (frizzante, Iced Orin apple) Sparkling Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Crisp refreshing dry tangy light sour green apple light nectarine exhale
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $29 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: 1x is okay

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Quality frosted hefty bottle & sturdy cap. Pours clear bright apple juice yellow with lots of soda-like activity, big bubbles hugging the glass, champagne-like streams.

Nose: very faint nectarine candy. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-crisp, fruity

Mid-palate: tingly, dry (lvl-1-sweetness), light green apple, light apple wine, tangy-sour-acidity

Finish: soft tart, light nectarine exhale

Summary: Lots of fizzy activity in this one along with a dry-tangy acidic backbone to keep things going. Not a ton of apple nor nectarine flavour, thus not leaving much of an impact. Goes down easy and hits pretty stealth, but ultimately forgettable.