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.

Raspberry Wine – Lulu Island Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B

Raspberry Wine 2011 – Lulu Island Winery, 11.0% ABV – 375ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)

on the back label & box:

“The unique growing conditions in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada, produce some of the most flavorful and aromatic raspberries in the world. Our Raspberry wine is made from whole natural Raspberries. We take pride in nurturing our Willamette Raspberry and expressing our special wine making skills. This well-rounded wine reflects ripe characteristics of BC Raspberries, offering you 365 days of that fresh Raspberry taste.”

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  • Style: (Raspberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Authentic tart-tangy-sour-sweet-juice Raspberry juicy wine
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $21 (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

The tasting review for this 2011 is pretty much spot-on the same with the 2007 I had earlier. Check it out here

Passionfruit Wine – Lulu Island Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C-

Passionfruit Wine 2006 – Lulu Island Winery, 12% ABV, 500ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)

On the back label:

“The Passion fruit evokes ideas of love and desire, and we are sure once you taste this wine that is exactly what you will feel, a love and desire to try more! We carefully craft our wine using the pulp oft his exotic fruit, which is imported all the way from Asia. This wine is both sweet and tart at the same time, with rich, tangy aromas that will leave you wanting more. All it takes is one sip to fall in love.” (please note I write passionfruit as one word but sometimes you see it as ‘passion fruit’, two words)

  • Style: (passionfruit) Fruit Wine
  • Taste Profile: Extremely dense sour/tart/tangy/sweet passionfruit
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $19 (after 10% off) –375ml, March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to the curious: not highly, but could  be subbed for a liqueur

Visual: Fermented and bottled in Canada but made from imported ingredients. The 2006 cork unfortunately disintegrated upon opening. Pours a lustrous orange/red, almost clear with miniscule suspended floaties.

Nose: a sweet syrupy tropical blend, mild caramelization (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: intense sour/tartness (lvl-10)

Mid-palate: ultra tangy-sour, dense (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) passionfruit, blood orange sourness,

Finish: very acidic tangy, mild alcoholic warmth, candy-esqe sour/sweet finish.

Summary: Extremely sour-tart-tangy and suitable for the adventurous, sweet wine lovers. The flavour/sourness profile is unique although it’s definitely not for everyone.

Raspberry Wine – Blossom Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B

Raspberry Wine 2007 – Blossoms Winery (now Lulu Island Winery), 11.0% ABV – 500ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“The unique growing conditions in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada, produce some of the most flavorful and aromatic raspberries in the world. Our Raspberry wine is made from whole natural Raspberries. We take pride in nurturing our Willamette Raspberry and expressing our special wine making skills. This well-rounded wine reflects ripe characteristics of BC Raspberries, offering you 365 days of that fresh Raspberry taste.”

(note: Blossom Winery has changed its name and is now known as Lulu Island Winery. These raspberries were possibly grown locally in Richmond; nowadays, their Lulu Island brand Raspberry Wine is made from berries harvested in Abbotsford.)

  • Style: (Raspberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Authentic tart-tangy-sour-sweet-juice Raspberry juicy wine
  • How much: $16 – 500ml., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine drinkers: yes, it’s something unique

Visual: Certainly bottled nicer than their neighboring Isabella Winery, from the cork to the label. Pours deep dark magenta, oilier than water.

Nose: Absolutely gorgeous pressed raspberry juice – tangy, sweet, tart, juicy. (10/10)-aromatic pungency

Attack: tart-sweetness, incoming dark berries + alcohol

Mid-palate: (5/10)-dense fruity sweetness, med-high tart-tangy-sour, (MAIN) intense ripe natural raspberries, cassis, alcohol bitterness

Finish: residual mild rough tartnesss, light alcoholic warmth, off-dry tart raspberry fruity finish

Summary: Superb clean raspberry flavour at an excellent price point. Very bright and “palate-heavy”, thus should be enjoyed with a meal.

Iceder (Icewine + Apple Cider) – Lulu Island Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Iceder (Icewine + Apple Cider blend) 2007- Lulu Island Winery, 11.0% ABV, 375ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)

On the back label and box:

“Our winemaker was searching for the perfect flavour match to blend with the world famous VQA Canadian Icewine. He chose the best Okanagan apples and created ICEDER, a blend of Icewine and Apple Cider. ICEDER boats a delicate golden colour with intense apple aromas. Smooth and rich, with flavours of apple, dried apricot and honey. Serve this exquisite sweet dessert wine chilled.”

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  • Style: (Icewine + Apple Cider) Dessert Wine
  • Taste Profile: tangy tingly sweetness -> red apple/apricot/lemon -> tangy/alcohol/zingy thin sweet apple finish.
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $32 (after 10% off) –375ml, March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: it’s nice, but not must have

Visual: Includes a relatively high quality box with textured lettering and thick material. All this is built into the price of course. Pours medium deep golden orange with minor sedimentation at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose: filtered Sun-Rype apple juice, hints of sourness and yeast. (6)-aromatic strength.

Attack: tangy/light-sour, tingly mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (7)-fruity sweetness (MAIN) red apple, apricot (HINT) lemon

Finish: continued tanginess, mild alcohol warmth, watery soda-like-zingy sweet apple finish.

Summary: Extremely sippable but lacks the carry, warmth, and viscosity of a typical Icewine. Quite basic in flavour but very approachable due to the nice balance of sweet-sour-fruity-alcohol. Decent but on the thin-mouthfeel side. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)