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.

Fortified Raspberry Fruit Wine – Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: B

Fortified Raspberry fruit wine (Non-vintage) – Wellbrook Winery, 16% ABV – 375 ml., (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


  • Style: (Fruit – Raspberry) Fortified Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Rich tangy-zingy sour raspberry juice integrated alcohol
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $22 (after 5% off) – 375ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yep!

Visual: Real cork. Pours blood red, ultra clear and thicker viscosity.

Nose: bursting tangy raspberry juice with some currant and alcohol in the backend – awesome. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: tingly-tangy, dense fruity raspberry

Mid-palate: (lvl-7-sweetness), big tangy-zingy-sour alcohol, tangy raspberry juice,

Finish: fruity tart, red/black currant/raspberry depth, soft alcoholic throat warmth, lingering tangy acidity.

Summary: Consistent with their Blackberry [B] and Cranberry [B-] fortified wines, this raspberry is also full of authentic berry depth and a structured alcoholic body. It gets somewhat more aggressive at is warms, but is still very engaging.

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

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.

Framboise Fortified Wine – Maui’s Winery (Ulupalakua, Hawaii)

Framboise – Maui’s Winery, 20% ABV, (Ulupalakua, Hawaii)

“made with fresh raspberries, cane sugar, and grape neutral spirit”

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: super fragrant and fresh raspberries
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke Liquor (AB)
  • How much: $41 (after 10%), 375ml, Oct/2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes, as a mixer
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes defintely

Tasting notes (chilled): pours a deep, dark and luscious burgundy, thicker than water viscosity. Fragrant raspberries and a touch for strawberries on the nose. Drinks with 9/10-level sweetness but is nicely offset with the high ABV (for a dessert wine) warmth. Smooth, fresh raspberries without the sharp and prickly roughness on the tongue, slight cane sugar maltiness, a bit of a soft alcohol nasal burn from the eau-de-vie, Ciroc grapiness, minor notes of purple grape and  strawberries. Overall very nice balance of sweetness and alcohol, complexity and drinkability. Somewhat aggressive alcohol and the highest ABV of a dessert wine I’ve seen to date. Definitely a shared sipper.