White Cranberry Wine – Blue Heron Fruit Winery (Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B]

TL:DR – “Very sippable fruity cranberry, with balanced mouthfeel textures. Solid.”


White Cranberry Wine (NV) – Blue Heron Fruit Winery, 11% ABV, 750 ml., (Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“Owned and operated by Flynn Farms Ltd., the Blue Heron Winery is located approximately 30km east of Vancouver in scenic Pitt Meadows. The Flynn family has been growing cranberries and blueberries for over half a century. Now, through the Blue Heron Winery they bring to you a full selection of fine fruit wines. Contains sulphites.”


  • Style: (Cranberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: fruity juicy balance tangy tart cranberry subtle cinnamon
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $14 CAD – 750 ml., sometime in 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: decent
  • What made an impression: Balanced textures and clean flavour

Visual: Pours slightly hazy dull copper orange-peach with a bubble or two along the perimeter.

Nose: tangy prickly acidic red fruit, mildly raspberry-esque. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, clean entry, incoming fruity

Mid-palate: fruity brightness, (lvl-3-sweetness), clean cranberry juiciness, subtle tang, light acidity

Finish: residual fruity cranberry juice, cinnamon, soft tart sticky gums

Summary: Very pleasant and enjoyable textures and taste from start to finish. The cranberry flavor is some depth but isn’t incredibly complex. Luckily, the supporting acidity and sweetness help by adding repeatable sippability. Much much better than the Fort Wine White Cranberry I had in the previous post.

Ghost of the Bogs White Cranberry Wine – Fort Wine Co. (Fort Langley, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [D+]

TL:DR – “too much tart-sourness, weak cranberry. Not recommended.”


Ghost of the Bogs White Cranberry Wine 2007, 11.0% ABV, 750 ml., (Fort Langley, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“Our Estate Cranberry Farm produces some of the finest white cranberries in North America. From this harvest, our winery produces this remarkably crisp and refreshing cranberry wine. Bound to surprise, and even astonish. The Ghost of the Bogs label celebrates the colourful and creative artwork that adorned wooden fruit crates in the early 1900’s era.”


  • Style: (Cranberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: tart tangy sour dull cranberry watery finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $14 CAD – 750 ml., sometime in 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: nope
  • What made an impression: thin cranberry flavour

Visual: Pours dull mahogany with a bit of haze, a few bubbles along the perimeter.

Nose: fruity cranberry juice with tangy brightness. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: sour, medium tart

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), diluted cranberry, continued tart-tangy-sour

Finish: light cranberry exhale, wine acidity, thin flavour

Summary: Lots of tangy tart sourness in this, overpowering the thin and basic cranberry flavor found in the mids and finish. Drinkable, but not recommended. It becomes less palatable as the tartness compounds with each sip.

The Other Red Raspberry Wine – Barr Estate Winery (Sherwood Park, AB, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

TL:DR – “dull raspberry flavour but has composed tangy-sour-acidic qualities. I’ve had better”


The Other Red Raspberry Wine 201012% ABV – 750 ml., (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada)


printed on the back:

“Tasting notes: Immerse yourself in the complex aromas and full-bodied flavours of ripe summer fruits and berries. Enjoy The Other Red by itself, with duck breast, or roast pork. Serve cool. Made with loving care from 100% Strathcona County raspberries


  • Style: (Raspberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Dull raspberry soft tangy soft sour firm acidic
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (?) / Edmonton
  • How much: ~$30 CAD (?) – 750 ml., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not fully
  • What made an impression: decent body, sippable

Visual: (cellared for 8 years). Pours clear dark maroon with a few tiny bubbles along the perimeter. Low legs.

Nose: juicy pressed raspberries with tang and fruity acidity. Smells great. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: controlled tart, tangy bite, mild prickly 

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), fruity but tangy dry acidity, medium-body dull raspberry, soft sour

Finish: cuts off-dry, hint blackberry woody

Summary: A decent tangy light-medium bodied fruit wine, goes well with a meal. Don’t expect robust or dazzling raspberry flavours in this one, it’s 2-note at with good composure. I’ve definitely had better raspberry wine, check the raspberry wine tag.

Apricot Dessert Wine 2009 – Elephant Island Winery (Naramata, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

TL:DR – “rounded apricot-plum flavour, but tangy sourness sweetness tires the palate”


Apricot Dessert Wine 2009, 9% ABV – 375 ml., (Naramata, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*


  • Style: (Apricot) Dessert fruit wine
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Newport Liquor / Port Moody
  • How much: $23 CAD –375 ml., May 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: no
  • What made an impression: huge fruity sourness

Visual: (cellared for 9 years). Pours slightly hazy dull copper brown, a few bubbles along the perimeter.

Nose:  (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: big sour, medium tart, juicy entry

Mid-palate: rich sour apricot, japanese plum, controlled (lvl-7-sweetness), tangy-soft acidic sour

Finish: residual sugars and tang

Summary: Lots of sourness and tanginess in this one, medium bodied with decent complexity. The flavour is mostly clean but after sipping this without a meal, the sourness becomes a bit harsh and the sweetness too candy-like. A bit above average.

Blackcurrant Wine – Canada Berries (Richmond, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B-]

TL:DR – “multifaceted blackcurrant flavour, solid”


Blackcurrant Wine (NV) – Sanduz Estate Winery (aka Canada Berries), 11% ABV, 750 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“This bold, intense wine with its unique flavor and aroma. It shows both the sweetness and the tart acidity of fruit grown on select small acreages in the Fraser Valley…”


  • Style: (blackcurrant) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: tangy tart rich blackcurrant slight alcoholic medium acidic soft sour
  • Where I got it : @Winery / Richmond
  • How much: $19 CAD – 750 ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: sure
  • What made an impression: sufficiently rich blackcurrant flavour

Visual: (cellared for 3.5 years). Pours deep dark magenta with a few bubbles along the perimeter.

Nose: mild alcoholic, blackcurrant winey (lvl-3)-pungency.

Attack: tangy-tart fruity, deep berry

Mid-palate: medium acidic tang, soft dissipating sour, (lvl-4-sweetness), rich blackcurrant w/ tangy depth

Finish: residual tart and tangy dark berry

Summary: Must drink chilled; too unbalanced with tart-tanginess as it warms. Otherwise, solid blackcurrant flavour that goes well with a meal, or in a cocktail with Sprite.

Plum Fruit Wine 2009 – Rustic Roots Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

TL:DR – “Just an okay plum flavour, too sour-tart without backup depth”


Plum Fruit Wine 2009 – Rustic Roots Winery, 12.0% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


  • Style: (plum) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Sour tangy soft plum light cherry cloying tartness
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $27 CAD – 750 ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: nah
  • What made an impression: big sour-tangy cloying acidity

Visual: (cellared for 9 years). Pours dark magenta with thick sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose: sour plum, hints of cherry (lvl-5)-pungency.

Attack: tart-dense fruity

Mid-palate: alcohol laced-sour tangy plum, cloying tart acidity, (lvl-3-sweetness)

Finish: residual tangy sour acidity

Summary: Okay plum flavour, but an overly aggressive sour-tangy-tart component accompanied by a readily detectable alcohol presence.

Cranberry Wine – Sanduz Estate Wines (Richmond, BC, Canada) 

  • My Rating: [B]

Cranberry Wine (NV)- Sanduz Estate Winery (now named Canada Berries), 11% ABV, 750 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)


on the back label:

“Cranberries from Richmond, B.C. One of the world most unique areas for growing this fruit. Harvested, then gently pressed to yield a rich colorful juice. Cool fermented to yield this wonderful sweet tart wine…”

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  • Style: (Cranberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Big fruity balanced tangy soft cranberry light raspberry juicy
  • Where I got it : @Winery / Richmond
  • How much: $19 CAD, October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: easy fruity drinking

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Real cork, intact. Pours clear pale scarlet with barely visible suspended micro sediment.

Nose: candied cranberry juice with perfumey nuances. Quite appealing. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: tangy tart fruity

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), big tangy fruity acidity, juicy cranberry juice, controlled alcoholic tang,

Finish: hints of raspberry & cinnamon, residual tart fruit cranberry

Summary: A very, very drinkable and approachable fruit wine that is rounded enough on its own in addition to being a good meal companion. The acidity and tartness does get somewhat cloying after a glass or two, but still recommended.

Raspberry Dessert Wine 2011 – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: B

Raspberry Dessert Wine 2011 – Isabella Winery, 11% ABV – 375 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“This raspberry dessert wine displays intoxicating aromas of fresh picked raspberries and a little plum pudding. On the palate it is richly layered with fresh picked raspberries and a little plum tart. It has just enough sweetness and acidity not to make it tiresome to the palate and the delicate fresh stays in the mouth for minutes after you sip it. Enjoy it with black forest cake, blueberry tart or just by itself.”

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  • Style: (Raspberry) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Tangy authentic raspberry light sour tangy slight cloying
  • 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
  • Recommendable: yes
  • What made an impression: rich raspberry

Visual: (cellared for 4.5 years). Pours dirty dark magenta with runny legs.

Nose: tangy raspberry juice (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: rich fruity, zingy subdued alcohol

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), big tangy, juicy tart authentic raspberry, firm sour acidity, slight jammy cloying

Finish: raspberry juice exhale

Summary: Finally after almost 10 misses, an above average and enjoyable dessert wine from Isabella Winery that has flavourful depth and a drinkable balance.

Blueberry off-dry Dessert Wine 2011 – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: FAIL

Blueberry off-dry Dessert Wine 2011 – 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” (same description as their Blueberry Dessert Wine [C+])

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  • Style: (Blueberry) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Sour tangy acidic muddled short blueberry vinegar cloying rough tannic
  • 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: you’re joking
  • What made an impression: crap quality

Visual: (cellared for 4.5 years). Pours deep dark purple, suspended large bits of sediment.

Nose:  (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: big sour, medium acidic cloying

Mid-palate: (lvl-1-sweetness), tannic rough, tangy blueberry juice, berry vinegar,

Finish: tart rough palate, dry

Summary: It is way too sour acidic-vinegary and lacks counterbalancing sugars to make it enjoyable as a dessert wine; Total waste of time and money, not recommended at all.

(a “why would anyone drink this?” moment…)

Red Salmonberry Wine – Kermode Wild Berry Wines (Dewdney, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [A-]

Red Salmonberry Wine – Kermode Wild Berry Wines, 12% ABV, 375 ml., (Dewdney, BC, Canada) (*local BC Wine*)


on the back label:

“Red Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis). Sweet Flavour, exceptional color and a truly lovely bouquet, are the signatures of this delicate wine. Salmonberries are harvested from the south coast of BC to as far North as the mystic Queen Charlottle Islands. These berries turn from a fun childhood treat found on walks in the woods into a very grown-up dessert wine perfect for sharing with that special someone.”

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  • Style: (fruit – Red Salmonberry) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Cherry-cranberry-pomegranate red fruity controlled sugars short tangy clean sippable
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot @Cambie / Vancouver
  • How much: $25 CAD – 375 ml., sometime in ’11-’12
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: yes!
  • What was most impressionable: big depth of berry flavour

Visual: (cellared for at least 5 years). Pours clear dark plum, a few bubbles in the glass.

Nose: fruity tart grape-raspberry, alcoholic backdrop. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: fruity sweet impression

Mid-palate: controlled (lvl-6-sweetness), cherry-cranberry-pomegranate blend, light tart, tangy short acidity

Finish: residual fruity sugars, mild alcohol warmth

Summary: Super red fruity while having a solid depth, controlled sugars and acidity, and a pleasant and clean finish. Supremely sippable. This would do wonders in a cocktail. I would buy another bottle if I ever see it again.