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.

Himalayan Blackberry Wine – Kermode Wild Berry Wines (Dewdney, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B-]

Himalayan Blackberry Wine – Kermode Wild Berry Wines,12% ABV, 750 ml., (Dewdney, BC, Canada) (*local BC Wine*)


on the back label:

“Served slightly chilled, this wine is sure to please one and all with its exceptional body and full-flavored finish. These blackberries are harvested in BC’s lush Fraser Valley where the mountains meet the meadows, by dedicated locals who hand pick these voluptuous berries at the peak of ripeness. Enjoy this complex off-dry wine with any occasion.”

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  • Style: (wild blackberry) Fruit Wine
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  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot @Cambie / Vancouver
  • How much: $21 CAD – 750 ml., sometime in ’11-’12
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: no, too plain

Visual: (cellared for at least 5 years). Pours clear dark magenta.

Nose: super fruity bright tangy blackberry juice, superbly clean. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: tangy fruity bright

Mid-palate: alcoholic zingy, (lvl-2-sweetness), background light alcoholic warmth, deep rich tangy blackberry, big tangy-firm acidity, building tartness

Finish: berry exhale, tart gums

Summary: Very drinkable with a clean and welcoming fruity entry displaying authentic blackberry depth and juiciness. As with most fruit wines, it becomes predictable after a glass.

Blackcap Raspberry Port – Kermode Wild Berry Wines (Dewdney, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B

Blackcap Raspberry Port (NV) – Kermode Wild Berry Wines, 18% ABV – 375ml, (Dewdney, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Your palate will not soon forget this sweet port-style wine with its intense dark color and rich aroma. The Harrison Lake region of BC, where warm moist breezes tumble across the water and into the mountainside, creates a unique microclimate in which these brilliant berries flourish. Enjoy this wine as an elegant finish to any dinner or a succulent accent to delicate desserts.”

  • Style: (raspberry) fruit dessert wine
  • Taste Profile: sweet alcohol -> blackberry/grape/cassis -> alcohol/tart/warmth/sweet finish
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot Hastings (?)
  • How much: ~$20, Sometime 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine lovers: yes

Visual: Informative visual of the actual blackcap raspberry on the back label. Pours very dark magenta with no sediment.

Nose: a mix of blackberry, raspberry, cassis on the nose

Attack: bright 6/10-sweetness mixed with alcohol

Mid-palate: blackberry, concord grape, cassis, raspberry tanginess

Finish: mild alcohol bitterness, med-high tartness, light alcoholic warmth, lingering med-sweet tart finish.

Summary: A great balance of dark field berry flavour, alcohol, sweetness, and drinkability. This could easily be used as a substitute for cassis liqueur in a cocktail.

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Sitka Mountain-ash Berry Wine – Kermode Winery (Dewdney, BC, Canada)

Sitka Mountain-ash Berry Wine – Kermode Wild Berry Wines, 12% ABV (Dewdney, BC)

On the back label:

“Sure to arouse your olfactory senses this unique off-dry wine is delightful. As these Mountain-ash berries ripen on BC’s coastal ranges in mid September the air fills with their luxurious scent. The harvesters then climb to elevations of up to 4500 ft where they find the land rich with these aromatic berries reminiscent of fluorescent pink pearls, a blessed reward for the long ascent. This wine is fermented to a unique amber color with pink hues and perfumed aromas topped with hints of cinnamon and maraschino cherry. In Europe Mountain-ash is known as Rowanberry.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I like it: tart fruit and mild cinnamon
  • Where I got it: Liquor Depot (Cambie st.)
  • How much: $25, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine afficianados: Yes only if you want to taste a unique flavour

Tasting Notes: pours translucent blood red, no sediment. Musky wild green vines on the nose. Tastes of a hybrid cranberry/pomegranate with the tartness to match, also cinnamon and maraschino cherry (as advertised). 4/10-sweetness up front with an off-dry finish. Slightly watery mouthfeel and viscosity which ultimately amounts to a lack of depth. Unique flavour profile but one try is enough.