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.

Cherysh Cherry Rosé 2008 – Forbidden Fruit Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C]

Cherysh Cherry Rosé 2008 (fruit wine) – Forbidden Fruit Winery, 11.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“Our CHERYSH ROSÉ is lovingly hand crafted from tree ripened Stella cherries grown and harvested in the pristine Similkameen Valley. With their superb flavours and sweetness, Stella cherries are a perfect choice for this exceptional wine.

Known throughout the ages as the fruit of love, flushed red with pleasure or with shame, Cherysh is a delicate Rosé colour with rich cherry aromas. With a hint of sweetness in its soft clean finish and a creamy cherry flavour on the palate, this Rosé pairs with seafood and spicy dishes or served as an aperitif.”

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  • Style: (table wine – Cherry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Tangy controlled acidic fruity light-med body cherry short length
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $20 CAD – 650 ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados:

Visual: (2008 vintage, cellared for 9 years). Cork intact & good condition. Pours clear light scarlet red, a few bubbles along the perimeter.

Nose: bright fruity juicy cherry, tangy tart depth (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: acidic-tart, fruity impression

Mid-palate: light-medium cherry body, short length, medium tangy-light tart, fruity crisp acidity, (lvl-2-sweetness)

Finish: residual tanginess, flat flavour finish, mild woody cherry stem exhale

Summary: Overall it is skewed toward the tangy acidic side, with the cherry body falling short during the mids until the finish. It has decent authentic cherry flavour but overall it’s just an average drinking experience.

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.”

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  • 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.

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

Fameuse 2011 (apple cider and plum wine blend) – Rustic Roots Winery, 11.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC cider*)


description from the Rustic Roots website, and a photo of a Fameuse apple and Santa Rosa plums:

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“This beautiful sparkling Rosé, made with the Fameuse Apples from the almost Century Old Fameuse Apple tree that stands as our label, is blended with 30% Santa Rosa Plum.  Aromas of Apple Blossom, Strawberry, Raspberry and a touch of caramel are well balanced on the palate with creamy bubbles that roll across the finish.”


  • Style: (flavoured – 30% Santa Rose Plum) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Fizzy-frothy semi-sweet apple juicy straw/raspberry soft tangy acidic
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $23 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: way, yes way

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Quality frosted hefty bottle & sturdy cap. Pours light blush pink with a plethora of clustered champagne-like activity, quickly dissipating soda-like 1cm head.

Nose: mainly semi-sweet apple juice with a bit of alcohol detection and slight berry notes. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-tingly-crisp, fruity slight acidic impression

Mid-palate: fizzy-frothy mouthfeel, green apple, apple wine tangy acidity, (lvl-3-sweetness), mild strawberry, background red apple juice, subtle short sour

Finish: hint of raspberry, lingering tart sticky gums, mild alcoholic bitter, fruity apple exhale

Summary: Full flavour bouquet at 16°C. Lots of lively mouthfeel here with a solid-bodied fruity apple-berry chassis. Its semi-sweet sugar level is appreciated as it doesn’t leave a cloying feeling in the mouth. Would be excellent with a meal.

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.

Pearsuasion – Forbidden Fruit Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Pearsuasion Dry Pear Table Wine 2008 – Forbidden Fruit Winery, 11.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)


on the back label:

“Pearsuasion, our dry Asian Pear table wine, is hand cr afted from Shinseiki and Kosui Asian Pears, grown in the pristine Similkameen Valley.

The ancient Greek poet Homer, in his legendary mythology tale, The Odyssey, described pears, ‘as the gift of the Gods’ and the Roman Goddess of fruit, Pomona, is said to have originally persuaded the local farmers to grow these delicate fruits. Aged briefly with French oak, this golden wine announces bold aromas of fresh pears and citrus. The delicate flavours in our Pearsuasion speak poetically of melting ripe pears, lemongrass, and oak, with a light, smooth, dry finish. This fresh, crisp wine pairs itself beautifully with fresh salads, creamy pastas, light means and cheeses, and on its own slightly chilled.”

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  • Style: (dry table wine – Shinseiki & Kosui Asian Pears) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Clean fruity pear apple soft tangy/acidic bright subtle woody
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $18 CAD – 650 ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: not too exciting

Visual: (2008 vintage, cellared for 8 years). Cork intact. Pours clear medium yellow no bubbles and no sediment.

Nose: clean 65/35 apple juice/pear hybrid. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: tangy soft acidic bite

Mid-palate: clean fruity fleshy pear and peel, (lvl-2-sweetness), fruity brightness, apple, hints of lemongrass

Finish: light woody apple exhale, soft tart off-dry residual sugars, lingering fruitness.

Summary: This one is all about big bright fruitness – it tastes like an apple-pear mix with just a enough sugars and acidity to balance it out. It drank best for me at 16°C. Clean but too basic after a glass and half.

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

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Cherry Fruit Wine 2008 – Rustic Roots Winery., 13.7% ABV – 750ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada)

on the Rustic Roots website:

“Made with 100% certified organic Lambert and Lapin cherries. This is a very unique fruit wine with beautiful aromas of Leather, Earthiness and a Soft Smokiness.  The midpalate is rich with flavors of Dark Red Fruit, while the finish is very soft and creamy with very subtle tannin.  The Wine is made with a blend of 3 Varieties of Certified Organic Similkameen Cherries!  Lapin Cherry for the Sweetness, Lambert Cherry for it’s Dark Color and Sour Cherry for Acidity.”

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  • Style: (Cherry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Alcoholic bitter dry cherry leathery smoke
  • Where I got it : Rustic Roots website (online order)
  • How much: $19 – 750ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: the latest (but sold out) vintage is supposed to be more balanced

Visual: Pours dark magenta, clear, no bubbles or sediment.

Nose: cherry liqueur, sherry, mild peat (?!),  (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: alcoholic mouthfeel, incoming acidic sourness

Mid-palate: alcohol, (lvl-2)-sweetness, tangy-acidic, (MAIN) deep cherry, bitterness, leather

Finish: light warmth, smokiness, dryness, alcoholic bitter finish.

Summary: The flavour doesn’t scream out cherry, but it’s okay for a table wine. It might be nice mulled with spices.

Orofino Riesling (Cawston, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C-

Riesling 2010 – Orofino Vineyards, 12.3% ABV, 750ml, (Cawston, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Typical Orofino Riesling full of complex tropical fruit, lime and minerality. Dry with bright acidity.”

  • Style: (white wine) Riesling
  • Taste Profile: sourness -> green apple/lime/pineapple/papaya -> tart acidity/puckery off-dry finish.
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $23 (after 10% off) – 750ml, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine drinkers: no, average

Visual: Raised font printed paper label, screw-top cap. Pours light yellow with a few small bubbles.

Nose: green apple, pineapple, lime, lots of acidity and brightness. (7)-aromatic strength.

Attack: intense sourness

Mid-palate: (2)-sweetness, continued sourness, (MAIN) green apple, lime, pineapple, papaya

Finish: lingering tartness-acidity-sourness, puckery off-dry fruity finish.

Summary:  Decent body and structure, but I find the acidic sourness too overbearing. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Rustic Roots organic fruit wines (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Rustic Roots organic fruit wines (Cawston, BC, Canada)

1) Apricot 2009, 12.0% ABV -375ml

from the Rustic Roots website:

“Made with a blend of 3 varieties of Organic Apricots. This unique and delicate wine has the aroma of Hawaiian Ginger, Mandarin Oranges, Mango and Hyacinth Flowers.  The palate is light and refreshing with a nice spicy front and a clean fresh with slight tannins on the finish. Beautiful as a palate cleanser between courses, served with crepes suzette, citrus cheesecake or carrot cake with ginger and a cream cheese icing.”

  • Style: (fruit) Dessert wine
  • My Rating: B+
  • Taste Profile: Sour/tangy/tartness -> mango/mandarin orange/bubble gum -> non-sticky sweet finish
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $31 (after 10%), Sept 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear medium golden yellow/orange. An ultra-fragrant nose with an almost soap-like sweet tangerine & floral bouquet. Initially low-medium sour with medium tang and light tartness, transitions into mango, mandarin orange, pink bubble gum, and ends with a (7/10) non-sticky sweet and clean finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, not much length, good transitions, decent carry, interesting drinkability. A delightful and unique fruit wine.

2) Iced Orin 2008, 11.0% ABV -375ml

from the Rustic Roots website:

“Made with a single varietal Sweet Orin Apple.  This light and delicate wine displays the aromas and flavors Baked apple, Cinnamon, Clove with a clean softly acidic finish of Pineapple. A great addition to a nice strong cheddar, baked apple cobbler or in an Apple Pie Martini.”

  • Style: (fruit) Dessert wine
  • My Rating: A
  • Taste Profile: Med-Sweet apple juice -> cinnamon/caramel -> crisp clean finish
  • Where I got it: @Winery
  • How much: $28, Summer 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes!
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear light golden yellow. Sweet filtered apple juice on the nose, with a hint of lemon. Tastes of very clean apple juice, green apple, cinnamon, caramel, finishing clean and slightly alcoholic. Perfect medium sweetness and light tang. Medium complexity, medium depth, excellent transitions, good carry, superb drinkability. One of the easiest to drink dessert wines I’ve ever had.

3) Santa Rosa 2008, 10.5% ABV -375ml

from the Rustic Roots website:

“This sweet velvety dessert wine made with Organic Santa Rosa Plums has the aroma and flavors of Strawberry Candy, Citrus, Spice, Coffee Beans and Cocoa Powder. Incredible with anything dark chocolate! Flourless Chocolate Cake and this wine are a match made in Heaven!”

  • Style: (fruit) Dessert wine
  • My Rating: B+
  • Taste Profile: deep cherry -> sweet/tart/apple/strawberry -> med-cloying finish
  • Where I got it: @Winery
  • How much: $28, Summer 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours medium deep clear red. Sweet & tart cherry on the nose. Immediate deep rich cherry upon sipping, 8/10-level sweetness, medium tartness, red apple, strawberry, medium cloying finish. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. Slightly cloying and predictable at the end of one glass.