Riesling-Chardonnay Icewine 2010 – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada) 

  • My Rating: D-

Riesling-Chardonnay Icewine 2010 – Isabella Winery, 13% ABV – 375 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC icewine*)

on the back label:

“This unique two-in-one Icewine is blended with Riesling and Chardonnay. Bright gold in colour, with concentrated aroma’s of candied peach, apricot and honey on the nose.”


  • Style: (riesling-chardonnay) Icewine
  • Taste: Sour cloying acidic apricot white grape rough finish
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $50 (after 15% off) – 375 ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommendable: no
  • What made an impression: too much sour acidity, dull flavour

Visual: (cellared for almost 5 years). Pours dark golden bronze orange, virtually clear with a few minute bites of sediment.

Nose: apple syrup, white grape juice, bright juicy impression. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: tangy, dense sugars mixed with alcohol

Mid-palate: more tangy-zingy acidity, (lvl-8-sweetness), sour apricot

Finish: cloying sugars, white grape juice FC (from concentrate) exhale, mild tart, rough palate

Summary: Way too sour, acidic, and lacking in bright flavours to be any good. It has the same lackluster apricot-apple flavour found in their Chardonnay Icewine [D+]. Oddly enough though, I actually liked their Riesling Icewine [B-] back when I had it in 2012. It seems they put more of the awful chardonnay in this blend and less of the delectable riesling. The final product – who wants to drink a sour icewine?


13 Moons Oraniensteiner Icewine 2006 – Sonoran Estate Winery (Summerland, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

13 Moons Oraniensteiner Icewine 2006 – Sonoran Estate Winery, 11.5% ABV, 200 ml., (Summerland, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)

on the back label:

“Named after a castle in Germany, the Oraniensteiner varietal is the little-known love-child of Riesling and Sylvaner: parents of more familiar breeds such as Ehrenfelser and Kerner. Developed during the 1960’s at the famous Geisenheim Grapebreeding Institute in Germany, Oraniensteiner is celebrated by wine lovers for its vivid citrus flavours and bracing acidity: a perfect profile to balance the inherent sweetness of dessert wines. Extremely rare in Canada, the most significant plantings are at the meticulous 20+ year old Naramata vineyards belonging to Dan and Wolfgang Zellers, without whom Oraniensteiner may have become an obscure footnote in viticulture history.

Enjoy this delicious & long-lived icewine with cheeses, dark chocolate, or as a mouth-watering aperitif.”


  • Style: (Oranienstiener) Icewine
  • Taste: Rounded rich tangy red grape juice-plum wine crisp warmth
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $35, sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: good but not great

Visual: (cellared for 10 years). Composite cork, still intact. Pours deep dark amber, crystal clear, thicker viscosity.

Nose: tangy syrupy grape-plum, hints of toffee. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker, juicy sweet

Mid-palate: controlled (lvl-8-sweetness), rich tangy red grape juice, plum wine, crisp acidity, rounded flavour

Finish: gentle throat warmth, residual tangy fruity sugars

Summary: I visited the winery back in 2009 and was impressed by the ‘honey-like’ and drinkable their Icewines were. Fast forward 7 years and 1000+ tastings experience, I’d say this Icewine is still decent but not terribly complex as a dessert wine.

Cabernet Franc Icewine 2010 – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: FAIL

Cabernet Franc Icewine 2010 – Isabella Winery, 9.6% ABV – 375ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)

-having already tried their Pinot Noir, 3-in-1, Zweigelt, Merlot Pinot Noir icewines, I pretty much already knew this one is going to be a dud. It’s for educational purposes I say.

on the back label:

“The aroma of Cabernet Franc comes forth along with simmering red berry fruit. An initial burst of sweetness, then strawberry jam flavours. Pairs nicely with your favourite’s: Chocolate Cake, Crème Brule, or Apple Pie and a wedge of Sharp Cheddar Cheese.”


  • Style: (Cabernet Franc) Icewine
  • Taste: Syrupy Ribena cassis sweet cloying
  • Where I got it : @Winery in Richmond
  • How much: $89 – 375ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: don’t bother

Visual: Cellared for 5 years, cork still intact. Pours orangish-maple, crystal clear.

Nose: tangy blackberry-cassis, mild alcohol detection (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thick-syrupy viscosity, incoming sugars

Mid-palate: dense (lvl-10)-sweetness, medium tangy, (MAIN) cassis, red table grape

Finish: Ribena-like concentrated syrupy sweetness, alcoholic bitter, alcoholic throat warmth, sugar rush, tangy finish.

Summary: Two words: Rip Off. Extremely overpriced for a garbage product. IMO this stuff is aimed at the unenlightened Chinese tourist looking for a pricey “Icewine” gift to bring home. If you want a decent red icewine try Volcanic Hill’s instead. The second glass in, reaction: “Why am I drinking this? It’s like drinking Ribena mixed with a teaspoon of Vodka – Incoming sugar headeache – too f*cking sweet.”