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.

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.

Cranberry Wine – LuLu Island Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Cranberry Wine 2007 – Lulu Island Winery, 11% ABV – 375ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)


on the back label & box:

“This festive wine has a beautifully bright cranberry colour that will enhance anyone’s dinner table! It has a delightfully fruity aroma which compliments it’s mouth-watering flavour, slightly sharp with a dry, acidic finish. This wine is a local favourite, as our cranberries are harvested right at home, here in Richmond, British Columbia. This is a great wine to serve with Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey, but don’t limit yourself to the holidays! Our cranberry wine is also perfect to serve everyday, with BBQ hamburgers, pork, or wild game.”


  • Style: (Cranberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Tart-tangy fruity acidic cranberry more tartness
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $29 (after 10% off) – 375ml., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Visual: (2007 Vintage = 9 years old, cellared for 4 years) Pours translucent ruby red.

Nose: fruity cranberry juice nose, grassy tangy acidity. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: fruity tart

Mid-palate: lemon balm grassy, highly tart bright cranberry, alcohlic tangy wine acidity, (lvl-3-sweetness)

Finish: cranberry fruity, residual tart-tangy, mild alcoholic throat warmth

Conclusion: A decently complex cranberry flavour, though it’s high tartness makes this more suitable as an aperitif with appetizers or with a meal – not that great solo.