Strawberry Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery (PEI, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B]

Strawberry Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery, 11% ABV – 750 ml.(Little Sands, Prince Edward Island, Canada)


description from the Rossignol website:

“Warm island summers provide bountiful crops from which we produce this fresh-flavoured strawberry wine. A trio of juicy sweet varieties create a perfect aperitif to serve with aged cheese.”


  • Style: (strawberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Tangy-zingy juicy fleshy bright strawberry alcoholic slight cloying
  • Where I got it : ordered from their website/phone
  • How much: $19 CAD (after S&H) – 750 ml., March 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: yes

Visual: Non-vintage, cellared for 4 years. Pours light cherry red, clear as water, micro bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass.

Nose: clean strawberry juicy syrup with a bit of tang. (lvl-7)-intensity

Attack: big red fruity impression

Mid-palate: tangy acidity, alcohol detection, juicy fleshy strawberry, slight candied (lvl-5-sweetness)

Finish: slight cloying, strawberry syrup exhale

Summary: Plenty of authentic strawberry body, good depth and body, very enjoyable except for a mild alcoholic intrusion creeping the mids until the finish. One of the more authentic flavoured fruit wines I’ve had to date.

Strawberry Dessert Wine – Sanduz Estate Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B]

Strawberry Dessert Wine (NV)- Sanduz Estate Winery (now named Canada Berries), 16% ABV, 375 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)


  • Style: (strawberry) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Eau-de-vie alcoholic soft prickly strawberry throat heat
  • Where I got it : @Winery / Richmond
  • How much: $26 – 375 ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: worth a try if they still sell it

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Real cork. Pours dark ruby red with a hint of purple, clear and thicker viscosity.

Nose: fragrant luscious tangy strawberry juice – Immaculate. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: background off-dry alcohol

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), mild strawberry jam, eau-de-vie alcohol, prickly tangy acidity

Finish: throat heat alcohol attack, strawberry exhale

Summary: An incredibly inviting real strawberry nose starts it off nicely. Its sweetness is rather tame of a dessert wine; I suspect this has been fortified because I detect a prominent eau-de-vie presence in the mids that carries through to the finish. About 60/40-alcohol/fruitiness ratio. Not your typical syrupy sweet dessert fruit wine, quite sippable.

Strawberry Wine – Krause Berry Farms (Langley, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B]

Strawberry Wine (non-vintage) – Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery, 11.5% ABV – 375 ml., (Langley, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)


  • Style: (Strawberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Authentic bright strawberry juicy jammy tart and tangy acidic
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $12 CAD – 375 ml., July 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: sure

Visual: Non-vintage. Pours squash orange, clear as water.

Nose: bright fruity tangy pressed strawberry juice with the puree intact – delicious. (lvl-10)-intensity

Attack: incoming bright red berry fruity

Mid-palate: sustained acidity, (lvl-3-sweetness), strawberry prickly tanginess, strawberry jam

Finish: light alcoholic heat, med-high tartness, lingering berry flavour.

Summary: Very easy drinking with good berry brightness and an engaging acidic tartness. You can really taste the essence of strawberries in this one; It’s much better than their apple wine I had yesterday [C].

Field Stone Fruit Dessert Wines (Alberta, Canada)

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Field Stone Fruit Dessert Wines (Strathmore, Alberta, Canada)

  1. Strawberry: B-
  2. Raspberry: B-
  3. Saskatoon Berry: B+

1) Strawberry Dessert Wine 2006, 11% ABV – 375ml

  • My Rating: B-

info on the Field Stone website:

“A semi-sweet dessert wine, produced from our Kent variety of strawberries. Pairs well with creamy desserts and superb over French vanilla ice cream. Excellent for sipping “on the rocks” as an aperitif.”

  • Taste Profile: bright fruity sweetness -> strawberries/alcohol -> alcohol bitterness/clean finish
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (?)
  • How much: ~$18, sometime 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours slightly thicker than water viscosity, golden orange with a reddish hue. Very fragrant sugary sweet strawberries on the nose.

Attack: gentle 9/10-sweetness with a minor alcohol bitterness

Mid-palate: strawberries, lingering bitterness, mild toffee/caramel

Finish: minor alcohol bitterness, clean non-cloying finish

Very sippable because of the great balance of sweet-bitter-alcohol and the superb easy-drinking non-cloying finish.

2) Raspberry Dessert Wine 2005, 16% ABV – 375ml

  • My Rating: B-

“This premium dessert wine is made from our highest quality raspberries, producing a luscious, velvety flavour with lingering finish. Pairs well with all things chocolate as well as cheesecakes and creamier desserts. The perfect companion to chocolate fondue.”

  • Taste Profile: sweet fruity alcohol -> raspberry/cassis/raisin/tangy -> light cloying alcoholic finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (?)
  • How much: ~$23, sometime 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours lustrous reddish-brown. Raspberry and raspberry jam on the nose.

Attack: 9/10-sweetness up front mixed with alcohol

Mid-palate: raspberry, raspberry jam, cassis, hints of raisin, medium tang/sourness

Finish: sweet, light-med cloying, alcoholic finish.

Rich and deep with luscious raspberry flavour.

3) Saskatoon Berry Dessert Wine (Fortified), 16% ABV – 375ml

  • My Rating: B+

info on the Field Stone website:

“An intense and complex flavour, this slightly heavier dessert wine is for port-lovers everywhere. Pairs well with pastries, pates and heavier cheeses.”

  • Taste Profile: fruity alcohol -> raspberry/blueberry(=saskatoonberry)/cassis/tart/sour/tang -> alcoholic/warmth/rich berry finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (?)
  • How much: ~$20, sometime 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours a clear light red/orange/pinkish hue. Aromas include a bouquet of raspberry, cassis, and blackberry – the sum of which equals saskatoon berry.

Attack: 8/10-fruity sweetness mixed with detectable alcohol

Mid-palate: sweet blend of raspberry/blueberry (=saskatoonberry), cassis, light tartness, medtang/tingly, medium sourness

Finish: alcoholic warmth/bitterness, rich fruity berry finish.

Quite interesting compared to the straighforward strawberry and raspberry. This one is my fav.