White Cranberry Wine – Blue Heron Fruit Winery (Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B]

TL:DR – “Very sippable fruity cranberry, with balanced mouthfeel textures. Solid.”

White Cranberry Wine (NV) – Blue Heron Fruit Winery, 11% ABV, 750 ml., (Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)

on the back label:

“Owned and operated by Flynn Farms Ltd., the Blue Heron Winery is located approximately 30km east of Vancouver in scenic Pitt Meadows. The Flynn family has been growing cranberries and blueberries for over half a century. Now, through the Blue Heron Winery they bring to you a full selection of fine fruit wines. Contains sulphites.”

  • Style: (Cranberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: fruity juicy balance tangy tart cranberry subtle cinnamon
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $14 CAD – 750 ml., sometime in 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: decent
  • What made an impression: Balanced textures and clean flavour

Visual: Pours slightly hazy dull copper orange-peach with a bubble or two along the perimeter.

Nose: tangy prickly acidic red fruit, mildly raspberry-esque. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, clean entry, incoming fruity

Mid-palate: fruity brightness, (lvl-3-sweetness), clean cranberry juiciness, subtle tang, light acidity

Finish: residual fruity cranberry juice, cinnamon, soft tart sticky gums

Summary: Very pleasant and enjoyable textures and taste from start to finish. The cranberry flavor is some depth but isn’t incredibly complex. Luckily, the supporting acidity and sweetness help by adding repeatable sippability. Much much better than the Fort Wine White Cranberry I had in the previous post.

The Other Red Raspberry Wine – Barr Estate Winery (Sherwood Park, AB, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

TL:DR – “dull raspberry flavour but has composed tangy-sour-acidic qualities. I’ve had better”

The Other Red Raspberry Wine 201012% ABV – 750 ml., (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada)

printed on the back:

“Tasting notes: Immerse yourself in the complex aromas and full-bodied flavours of ripe summer fruits and berries. Enjoy The Other Red by itself, with duck breast, or roast pork. Serve cool. Made with loving care from 100% Strathcona County raspberries

  • Style: (Raspberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Dull raspberry soft tangy soft sour firm acidic
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (?) / Edmonton
  • How much: ~$30 CAD (?) – 750 ml., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not fully
  • What made an impression: decent body, sippable

Visual: (cellared for 8 years). Pours clear dark maroon with a few tiny bubbles along the perimeter. Low legs.

Nose: juicy pressed raspberries with tang and fruity acidity. Smells great. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: controlled tart, tangy bite, mild prickly 

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), fruity but tangy dry acidity, medium-body dull raspberry, soft sour

Finish: cuts off-dry, hint blackberry woody

Summary: A decent tangy light-medium bodied fruit wine, goes well with a meal. Don’t expect robust or dazzling raspberry flavours in this one, it’s 2-note at with good composure. I’ve definitely had better raspberry wine, check the raspberry wine tag.

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…”


  • 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.

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.”


  • 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.

Iced Orin Frizzante – Rustic Roots Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Iced Orin Frizzante (NV) – Rustic Roots Winery, 11.0% ABV, 375 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)

Notes about the Orin Appleorin-apple

  • originated from Japan, phonetically the same: 王林 = “Ou-rin”
  • a hybrid of Golden Delicious and Indo (印度)
  • high sweetness and low tartness despite it’s Granny smith green appearance

-description from the Rustic Roots website:

“Western Canada’s First Sparkling Iced Apple Wine!  This wine is made with the rare Organic Sweet Orin Apple and displays amazing apple concentration with a rich palate.  There is a beautiful balance on this wine with a sweet front of the palate with rich intense apple.  The finish has a ton of granny smith apple notes combined with soft creamy bubbles, leaving this wine very clean on the palate without the cloying richness of most iced wines.   This is the perfect wine for a very special occasion.”

  • Style: (frizzante, Iced Orin apple) Sparkling Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Rich tangy dense rich lengthy red apple
  • Where I got it : West Coast Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $31 CAD, January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: YES
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: yes

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Pours deep golden yellow with a very small dissipating head, bubbly ringed retention, active single and clustered streams.

Nose: tangy sweet clean filtered apple juice. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: dense tangy-sugars

Mid-palate: gentle-fizzy-zingy, fruity (lvl-8-sweetness), icewine-like richness, a bit of woodiness, pleasant tangy alcohol

Finish: Granny smith apple exhale, lingering rich red apple exhale

Summary: Immediately approachable and easily finished. No longer sold according to their website (12/2016), but they are taking pre-orders. Overall it has a superbly clean tangy apple flavour with bits of interesting nuances to tickle your palate.

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.”


  • 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.

Elephant Island Cherry Wine (Naramata, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: [C-]

Cherry (Table) Wine 2011 – Elephant Island Orchard Wines Ltd., 11% ABV – 750ml., (Naramata, BC, Canada) (*local BC Wine*)

I visited the winery on a road trip waaaaay back in 2010. Unfortunately they sold out of this wine when I went so I thought “it must be good”; I ended up buying next year’s vintage at a local liquor store. This is only my 2nd EE review, I still have bottles of their 2008s in my cellar…

  • Style: (cherry, table wine) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Dry fruity cherry supertart oak hints
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek, Vancouver.
  • How much: $20 (after 10% off) – 750ml., April 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: not amazing enough

Visual: Pours deep blood red.

Nose: acidic, cherry, light woody, alcohol detection. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: partially thin, incoming dry fruity,

Mid-palate: (lvl-1)-sweetness, (MAIN) black cherry juice without the sweetness, hints of oak -> tangy acidity

Finish: mild alcoholic heat, tart palate roughness, dull dry “cherry stem” finish.

Summary: Drinks best warmer, at >20°C/68°F, drinks very flat when chilled. 1st glass was decent, after that every other sip is straightforward and predictable. I’m prefer my fruit wines sweeter and fleshier, this one’s not for me.

Fortified Blackberry Wine – Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: [B]

Fortified Blackberry Wine – Wellbrook Winery, 18% ABV – 375ml., (Delta, BC, Canada)

  • Style: (blackberry) Fortified Fruit Wine
  • Taste: rich blackberry tangy alcoholic light warmth
  • How much: $22 – 375ml
  • Where I got it: @Winery, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Deep luscious dark purple. Shrink foil wrapped, real cork.

Nose: blackberry juice, vodka vapours (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: incoming tangy sugars + alcohol, thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, rich sour-tangy acidity, fruity (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) blackberry, red grape

Finish: residual warmth, black fruit exhale

Summary: Very clean from start to finish with a good fortified alcoholic backbone. I enjoyed this one much more than their fortified blueberry offering.

Fortified Blueberry Wine – Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: [C-]

Fortified Blueberry Wine – Wellbrook Winery, 16% ABV – 375ml., (Delta, BC, Canada)

on front-right label:

“The Bremner family has farmed the rich soil of Delta, British Columbia, since the 1950s. Today they operate three farms and grow the finest blueberries and cranberries. Their fruit is prized for its intensity, full body and rich flavor, all of which can be enjoyed this evening with best wishes from all of us at the Wellbrook Winery.”

  • Style: (blueberry) Fortified Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Light fruitiness of blueberry mostly alcohol & warmth
  • How much: $19 – 375ml
  • Where I got it: @Winery, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: no

Visual: Standard thin and tall dessert wine bottle, shrink foil wrapped, synthetic cork, a nice quality label. Pours deep and dark luscious purple.

Nose: grape-blueberry with some muskiness (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming sour acidity, alcohol, thin fruity

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) cassis, blueberry, red grape

Finish: light oak, alcoholic dryness, deep throat warmth, minor alcohol tongue numbness, light berry fruit finish.

Summary: Overall just decent. Not particularly lush or aromatic, the flavours just glide along with alcohol and warmth being the main players.

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


  • 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.”


  • 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.