Sper…itz 2011 – Sperling Vineyards (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C]

Sper..itz 2011 (very lightly sparkling aperitif white wine), 7.9% ABV, 375 ml., Kelowna, BC, Canada (*local BC wine*)


on the back label:

“A refreshing one syllable wine with a light spritz… from Sperling Vineyards. Made from a heritage ‘Moscato’ planting, these grapes are gently vinified to produce naturally lower alcohol, elegance and finesse.”


  • Style: (frizzante, aperitif) White Wine
  • Taste: Cloying acidic soft sour muscat grape sticky light tart non-smooth
  • Where I got it : Kensington VQA (now gone)
  • How much: $13 CAD – 375 ml., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: nah

Visual: (cellared for 4 years) Screw top cap. Pours light yellow with no head nor activity, bubbles clinging to the side of the glass, barely frizzante but let’s call it that.

Nose: muscat grape-peach/apricot. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: virtually flat, incoming tart acidity

Mid-palate: tangy-medium sour, soft acidic, (lvl-4-sweetness), prickly muscat grape, mild peach, a touch of minerality

Finish: cloying dense acidity, thickened saliva, grape exhale.

Summary: Nothing too distinguishing. It doesn’t come across as bright and lively as moscato grapes usually do – this one is a jumbled mix of cloying acidity and grape stickiness. There are far better moscatos out there.

McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Moscato (NV) – (South Eastern Australia)

  • My Rating: [A-]

McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Moscato (Non-Vintage), 6.0% ABV, 750ml., (South Eastern Australia)


on the back label:

“With floral aromas, this wine has a delightful bouquet. Its lively palate displays peach, citrus and honey with a full bodied sweetness balanced by a refreshing mouth feel.”


  • Style: (Frizzante – Moscato) White wine
  • Taste: Inviting fruity bright sweet peach pear elderflower tangy
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $15 – 750ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: sure
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: just for fun, not to impress

Visual: Twist cap top. Pours with bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass, clear light yellow, no activity.

Nose: bright fruity floral notes of peachy pear and touch of elderflower. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: bright welcoming fruitiness

Mid-palate: (lvl-7-sweetness), peach, pear, elderflower, tangy lemon-lime acidity,

Finish: light tart, trace amounts of cloying sugar, onset of heartburn

Summary: Super playfully fruity controlled sweet and hardly expensive. Recommended for parties, with a meal, or as a palate cleanser, this one is extremely easy to drink. Might cause heartburn for some.

Jacob’s Creek Moscato (Australia)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Jacob’s Creek Moscato 2011 – Orlando Wines, 8.0% ABV, 750ml., (Rowland Flat, South Australia)


on the back label:

“Jacob’s Creek Moscato is a deliciously refreshing ‘frizzante’ style wine delicately spritzed with vibrant sherbet flavours balanced with a lively and soft fruit sweetness.”


  • Style: (Frizzante – Moscato) White wine
  • Taste: Bright dense sweet puckery sour muscat grape partially cloying
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$13 – 750ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: unbalanced

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Twist cap top. Pours barely fizzy with lots of small bubbles hugging the side of the glass, light sunshine yellow colour.

Nose: bright apple-lime acidity, stonefruit minerality. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: puckery acidic-tart

Mid-palate: dense (lvl-6-sweetness), continued med-aggressive sour, alcoholic tang, muscat grape, lime

Finish: tart acidity, thickened saliva, prickly-tangy tongue, sticky gums, apple-white grape exhale.

Summary: Lots of bright grapey-apple fruitiness characteristic of moscatos, although somewhat cloying and sticky in the finish. Drinks like an inexpensive and straightforward muscat wine for the masses.

Wild Goose Riesling 2010 (Okanagan Falls, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [B-]

Riesling (God’s Mountain Vineyard) – Wild Goose Vineyards, 13.6% ABV – 750ml, (Okanagan Falls, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine)


on the back label:

“God’s mountain Vineyard is one of the most spectacular and rugged sites in the Okanagan. Grown in clay and sand solids, their roots esconced in deep gravel deposits, these 18 year-old vines are meticulously tended using biodynamic growing techniques. The result is a smaller but more concentrated fruit, floral, clover, apple and mineral flavours with clean citrus notes. This dry wine pairs beautifully with cheeses, chicken, pork, and seafood.”

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  • Style: (vintage, Riesling) White Wine
  • Taste: Tangy fruity citrus apple acidity sour-puckery tart minerality
  • Where I got it : Firefly / Vancouver
  • How much: $23 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to white wine lovers:

Visual: Screw-top cap. Pours very light sunshine yellow.

Nose: red and green apple, hints of soapy pear. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: white wine citrus acidity

Mid-palate: pronounced tangy acidity, light sour green apple, (lvl-1-sweetness), soft bright minerality

Finish: stealth alcohol throat warmth, tart-puckery, white grapey exhale

Summary: Decently drinkable, but not remarkably memorable. A good sipper.

JoieFarm Muscat 2011 (Naramata, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [C]

Muscat 2011 – JoieFarm Winery, 11.1% ABV – 750ml, (Naramata, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine)

on the back label:

“…The inspiration for this wine is the dry Muscats of Northern Italy, low in alcohol, crisp in acidity and perfumed like no other wine. The true charm of Muscat is that the pure floral, peachy aromatics are exactly what you will find in the glass….”

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  • Style: (vintage, Muscat) White Wine
  • Taste: Big acidic soft sour peach med tart lime more acid
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $26 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to white wine lovers:

Visual: Screw-top cap. Pours clear golden straw yellow

Nose: pear, apple, hints of stone fruit, light tangy. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: incoming sour fruity

Mid-palate: peach accompanied by immediate cloying sustained acidic tartness, (lvl-3-sweetness), lime, white table grape

Finish: residual acidic sour

Summary: Just average, no particular delicious flavours or characteristics, yet nothing offensive about it either.

Ménage à Trois Moscato (California, USA)

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  • My Rating: [C]

Ménage à Trois (Menage a Trois) Moscato 2010 – Fòlie a deux Winery, 11.0% ABV – 750ml., (Napa, California, USA)

meaning of ‘Ménage à Trois’?: google says:

“an arrangement in which three people share a sexual relationship, typically a domestic situation involving a married couple and the lover of one of them.” But you already knew that, didn’t you?

on the back label:

“Good things comes in threes. Our Moscato mingles wines from three different growing areas, each crafted by a different winemaker. Lovely floral aromas and luscious peach/apricot flavors make it the perfectly sweet blend!”

  • Style: (Moscato) White Wine
  • Taste: Sweet fruity from conc. apple juice acidic sour cloying
  • Where I got it : Firefly fine ales and wines, Vancouver
  • How much: $19 (after 10% off) – 750ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no, drinks cheap

Visual: Real cork, aluminum foil seal. Pours clear diluted apple juice yellow, a few very large bubbles along the perimeter

Nose: apple juice from concentrate, hints of apple cider vinegar. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: like juice, incoming sweetness

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, alcoholic bitterness, medium acidic sour, thin mouthfeel, (MAIN) from concentrate red apple juice, Welch’s white grape,

Finish: residual cloying sweetness, light tart, alcoholic throat warmth, peach/apricot exhale.

Summary: Best had with savoury dishes, currently its going down pretty decent with Japanese curry rice; Far too sugary sweet on its own, especially as it warms. Actually, every subsequent sip seems to compound in sweetness. It drinks like an inexpensive wine that it is

White Bear Riesling 2010 (Oliver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [C-]

Riesling 2010 – White Bear Wines, 12.5% ABV, 750ml, (Oliver, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“BC’s Great Bear Rainforest is 21 million acres and is the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world. It is home to grizzly bears, coastal wolves, salmon and the rare white Kermode or ‘Spirit’ Bear, which exists nowhere in the world besides this rainforest. Protecting habitat of this ‘umbrella’ species will protect many other species. A globally significant conservation effort is underway so that this rainforest can thrive for future generations.”

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  • Style: (White wine) Riesling
  • Taste: Sour sustained dry acidic green apple lime
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store (Van)
  • How much: $14 (after 10% off) – 750ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados:

Visual: Screw-top cap. Pours clear light yellow, lots of micro bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose: green apple, honey dew, tingly acidity (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: mouth-flooding acidity

Mid-palate: (lvl-2), (MAIN) green apple, lime

Finish: sustained sour-acidity, thicken saliva.

Summary: Too much acidity and not enough inviting fruitiness. There are many other Rieslings I’d much prefer to have than this.