Moscato IGT Veneto – Sacchetto (Trebaseleghe, Italy)

  • My Rating: [C+]

Moscato IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) Veneto – Sacchetto, 7% ABV, 750 ml., (Trebaseleghe, Italy)


more information about this moscato on their Italian website: www.sacchettovini.it


  • Style: (frizzante, aperitif) Moscato IGT
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : 16th St Liquor / West Vancouver
  • How much: $16 CAD (after 10% off) – 750 ml., August 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: nah

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Non-vintage. Resealable bailer-top bottle. Pours clear light sunshine yellow with tight large bubbles hugging the side of the glass, sporadic surfacing bubbles, a few singular slow steady small bubble streams. Frizzante.

Nose: lemon curd, apple-pineapple, partial wine acidity (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: dense sugars, sweet & fruity impression

Mid-palate: tingly mouthfeel, (lvl-8-sweetness), med-high sour/slight tangy, apple juice, lemony, white table grape, green apple

Finish: residual fruitness-sour

Summary: Very fruity forward with a big sweetness to back it up. The good thing is that there’s a density of flavour that accompanies the sugars. Slightly cloying and predicable in flavour, not quite a tropical and bright as I had hoped.

Tranchero Casot Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy)

  • My Rating: [B]

Tranchero Casot Moscato d’Asti 2010, DOCG, 5.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Piedmont, Italy)


on the back label:

“A refreshing one syllable wine with a light spritz… from Sperling Vineyards. Made from a heritage ‘Moscato’ planting, these grapes are gently vinified to produce naturally lower alcohol, elegance and finesse.”


  • Style: (frizzante, aperitif/digestif) Moscato d’Asti
  • Taste: Controlled sweet tropical guava-pineapple fruity
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $23 CAD (after 10% off) – 750 ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: sure

Visual: (cellared for 7 years, 2010 vintage). DOCG sticker, numbered bottle, foil top with authentic stamped cork. Pours clear light apple juice yellow with suspended large bubbles, nano-bits of sediment.

Nose: light green apple, guava, a touch of lime. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: bright fruity entry, mildly tingly

Mid-palate: elevated bright fruitiness, background acidity, slight cloying (lvl-6-sweetness), GUAVA, pineapple

Finish: residual tangy apple, mostly clean

Summary: Tropical fruit city! Big exotic fruitiness with solid depth and body. It’s becomes cloying as it warms, would go nicely with a charcuterie, or with a warm cinnamon dusted apple pie to finish. Solid for its ABV.

Donnafugata Ben Ryé 2009 Passito di Pantelleria (Sicily, Italy)

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  • My Rating: [A-]

Ben Ryé 2009 Passito di Pantelleria, 14.5% ABV, 375 ml., (Sicily, Italy)


on the back label:

“Made from Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria) grapes ripened and well dried in the sun and wind of the island. Sipping wine, perfect with herbed cheeses, fois gras and sweet preparations of the Sicilian tradition. Try it with gianduia. Serve at 14°C.”

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  • Style: (Passito di Pantelleria) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Rich warm clove orange peel apricot honey fig
  • Where I got it : Liberty Wines, Vancouver
  • How much: $49 CAD, only $1 off – 375ml., May 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: delicious, but unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Visual: (2009 Vintage, cellared for 7 years). Pour dark oak brown.

Nose: candied orange, caramel florals. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: syrupy slick mouthfeel, incoming dense sugary tang

Mid-palate: clove spiced orange peel, (lvl-7-sweetness) non-cloying, controlled tangy acidity, apricot, almost woody

Finish: soft throat warmth, honey, caramel fig

Summary: Superbly balanced. Lots of warm depth with delicious rounded orange-apricot and a solid acidic backbone.

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #5 – Krampus Speciale (Sour Ale)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #5

Krampus Speciale – Birrificio del Ducato, 7.0% ABV – 330ml., (Roncole Verdi di Busseto, Italy)

-Apparently this beer is only available in Canada via the BeerAdvent Calendar, lucky us! Now if only I liked it…

  • Style: Sour Ale/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Extremely sour tart vinegar red wine oak cherry pukey
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only for sour lovers

Visual: Pours reddish brown with a small dissipating head, ringed retention, scattered steady micro streams.

Nose: HUGE sour cherries, puke. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: extreme tartness, incoming sourness

Mid-palate: extreme puckering sourness! (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) red wine, vinegar, oak, cherry

Finish: light pukey aftertaste,

Summary: Knee-jerkingly, whiplashin’, scrunched-facingly sour; This one is not for those adverse to sour ales. Flavours aren’t bad, it’s just way too sour for me to enjoy properly.

Brùton St.Renna (Christmas Special Beer) – Birrificio Brùton (Lucca, Italy)

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  • My Rating: B-

Brùton St.Renna (Christmas Special Beer) – Birrificio Brùton, 9% ABV – 750ml., (Lucca, Italy)

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  • Style: (Christmas) Spiced Strong Ale
  • Taste: Brown sugar caramel malt nutmeg whiskey
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $15 (after 10% off) – 750ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50 after some thought

Visual: Underneath the bottle cap is a fitted plastic bottle seal, a first that I’ve ever seen. Pours translucent medium dark cola brown with a minimal dissipating head, thin ringed retention, lots of micro bubbly streams.

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Nose: very brown sugary malty, candi sugar (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming sweet malts, alcoholic

Mid-palate: tingly-silky mouthfeel/little CO2, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) heavy caramel malts, brown sugar, nutmeg, fig/date dark fruit, whiskey

Finish: mild coriander dryness, boozy, malty light bitter-med sweet finish.

Summary: A quality brew with great body, good flavours and good drinkability.

Brùton Momus – Birrificio Brùton (Lucca, Italy)

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  • My Rating: B+

Brùton Momus (Bruton Momus) – Birrificio Brùton, 10% ABV – 330ml., (Lucca, Italy)

on the back label:

“Amber coloured beer produced with high fermentation and with natural procedures at Brùton brewery. Our beer is not filtered, no pasteurized, it does not contain preservatives and refermentation in the bottle makes the  beer, if stored in a fresh place and protected from light, acquire complexity and become more harmonic with time.”

  • Style: (Italian) Dubbel
  • Taste: Brown sugar cocoa malty light coffee bittersweet
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 330ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: A label with a man with a tan face with a brown background; The colour scheme matches the colour of beer well. It pours cloudy amber brown with virtually no head, a very thin layer of micro CO2 retention, some lacing, some barely visible slow and steady streams.

Nose: medium sweet brown sugar malts with some caramel and chocolate; good aroma. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-malty sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, brown sugar, cocoa, fig

Finish: cola/molasses, light burpy, light roasted coffee bitter malty sweet, mildly metallic finish.

Summary: Super duper smooth; practically finished the whole bottle sipping and reviewing.

Brùton Dieci (10) – Birrificio Brùton (Italy)

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  • My Rating: C

Brùton Dieci (Bruton 10) – Birrificio Brùton, 10% ABV – 330ml., (Lucca, Italy)

on the back label:

“Amber coloured beer produced with high fermentation and with natural procedures at Brùton brewery. Our beer is not filtered, no pasteurized, it does not contain preservatives and refermentation in the bottle makes the  beer, if stored in a fresh place and protected from light, acquire complexity and become more harmonic with time.”

  • Style: Barley Wine
  • Taste: Alcoholic brown sugar malted fig strange-sour finish
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $8 (after 10% off) – 330ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: A very simple label: 10 and Brùton, simple yet elegant. Pours root beer brown, unfiltered with lots of suspended bits of sediment, almost no head, thin ringed retention, some slow single lines of streams.

Nose: caramel malts, brown sugar, a bit of alcohol detection. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: oily thick, weighty

Mid-palate: tingly-fizzy mouthfeel, (lvl-8)-brown sugar sweetness, (MAIN) fig/dates, licorice, caramel MALTS, late alcohol detection, nutty

Finish: obscure citrus/acidic sourness, malty sweet heavy alcoholic finish.

Summary: Mainly brown sugar malts with fig overtones, but has a strange fishy/pukey/gag-reflex acidity at the end that didn’t bode well with my palate. Nicely crafted but the flavour isn’t for me.