Full Moon Kerner Icewine 2005 – Sonoran Estate Winery (Summerland, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B-]

Full Moon Kerner Icewine 2005 – Sonoran Estate Winery, 13.6% ABV, 200 ml., (Summerland, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)


on the back label:

“The grapes for this delicious Ice Wine were harvested in Eric VonKrosigk’s vineyard by the light of a full moon. Rich honey, peaches and apricot aromas blaanced with flavours of lychee and pear. Hints of fresh mandarin oranges and citrus linger on the finish…”


  • Style: (Kerner) Icewine
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $35, sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados:

Visual: (cellared for 12 years, 2005 bottle). Composite cork with hard wax top, still intact. Pours

Nose: tangy syrupy grape-plum, hints of toffee. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: slight thicker

Mid-palate: sweet crisp-tangy acidity, (lvl-7-sweetness), apricot, lychee, honey, peach, subdued alcohol

Finish: subtle throat warmth, red apple exhale, lingering apricot notes,

Summary: Quite juicy and complex flavourful, well done for a 13.6%. Wishing for more length in the mids and more flavour on the side palates. I like this more than their 13 Moons Oraniensteiner [C+].

13 Moons Oraniensteiner Icewine 2006 – Sonoran Estate Winery (Summerland, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

13 Moons Oraniensteiner Icewine 2006 – Sonoran Estate Winery, 11.5% ABV, 200 ml., (Summerland, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)


on the back label:

“Named after a castle in Germany, the Oraniensteiner varietal is the little-known love-child of Riesling and Sylvaner: parents of more familiar breeds such as Ehrenfelser and Kerner. Developed during the 1960’s at the famous Geisenheim Grapebreeding Institute in Germany, Oraniensteiner is celebrated by wine lovers for its vivid citrus flavours and bracing acidity: a perfect profile to balance the inherent sweetness of dessert wines. Extremely rare in Canada, the most significant plantings are at the meticulous 20+ year old Naramata vineyards belonging to Dan and Wolfgang Zellers, without whom Oraniensteiner may have become an obscure footnote in viticulture history.

Enjoy this delicious & long-lived icewine with cheeses, dark chocolate, or as a mouth-watering aperitif.”

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  • Style: (Oranienstiener) Icewine
  • Taste: Rounded rich tangy red grape juice-plum wine crisp warmth
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $35, sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: good but not great

Visual: (cellared for 10 years). Composite cork, still intact. Pours deep dark amber, crystal clear, thicker viscosity.

Nose: tangy syrupy grape-plum, hints of toffee. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker, juicy sweet

Mid-palate: controlled (lvl-8-sweetness), rich tangy red grape juice, plum wine, crisp acidity, rounded flavour

Finish: gentle throat warmth, residual tangy fruity sugars

Summary: I visited the winery back in 2009 and was impressed by the ‘honey-like’ and drinkable their Icewines were. Fast forward 7 years and 1000+ tastings experience, I’d say this Icewine is still decent but not terribly complex as a dessert wine.

Craft Cider – Dominion Cider Co. (Summerland, BC, Canada)

Craft Cider – Dominion Craft Cider Co., 6.5% ABV, 500ml, (Summerland, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)


on the front-right label:

“Small-batch craft cider made with heirloom apples in Summerland, BC.

We named our cidery after the Dominion Experimental Farms, an agricultural network stretching from coast to coast created in the late 1800s to support Canadian farmers. Dominion Experimental Farms has more than a century of history in Summerland, BC, where we make our cider today. It’s a name that means collaboration, innovation and heritage – values that inspire us a Dominion Cider Co.

We produce our cider on our family farm with heritage apple varieties that have be cultivated in the Okanagan for generations. Taste the distinctive flavours of the region with us.”

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  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste: Clean crisp tangy lightly sweet red apple
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.80 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: nothing extravagant

Visual: Pours clear light golden yellow with no head, micro bubbles along the perimeter, singular steady streams.

Nose: red apple juice with a touch of yeasty acidity – very clean (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: big crisp bite, off-dry entry

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), hints of green apple, tangy light acidity, clean red apple juice, tingly-light bubbly CO2, apple peel

Finish: light tartness, apple juice exhale

Summary: A pretty straightforward and clean red apple cider experience. Underneath the clean flavour there is a touch of apple peel subtlety along with the a sparkling wine-like bubbly acidic backbone. Still, it’s not a cider I will remember.

Pear Wine (NV) – Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery (Summerland, BC, Canada)

Pear Wine (non-vintage) – Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery, 11.0% ABV – 750ml., (Summerland, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)

-I purchased this wine along with all their other fruit veriatelas when I visited the winery back in 2010. The winery is located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley – take a tour if you ever have the chance!


on the back label:

“Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery is nestled under the shadow of Giant’s Head Mountain, whose friendly profile was chiselled by glaciers in the days gone by. Today, our fruit wines capture the essence of the Okanagan Valley. Enjoy the tree fruit and berry wines any time and be brought back to a warm summer day in the Okanagan…enjoy!”

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  • Style: (Pear) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Easy-drinking balanced sweet-tangy pear/apple/muscat grape light heat
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $18 CAD – 750 ml., Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: yes, easy drinking for all

Visual: Non-vintage. Pours light sunshine yellow, crystal clear with a few small bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass.

Nose: fruity apple-pear juice, slight mineral acidity, hints of muscat. (lvl-4)-intensity

Attack: thinner mouthfeel, incoming balanced fruity

Mid-palate: gradual dense fruity, (lvl-4-sweetness), honey apple, tangy light acidity, pear/muscat grape

Finish: subtle woody pie spices, green apple exhale, light alcoholic warmth

Summary: The first few sips were disappointingly thin, but after a few more the subtleties start to come out. Apple-pear-grape flavours are mellow yet clean. Overall very sippable and enjoyable.

Silkscarf Riesling-Muscat 2009 (Canada)

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Silkscarf Riesling-Muscat 2009, 12% ABV – 750ml, (Summerland, BC, Canada)

On the back label:

“The Riesling and the Muscat grapes have been crushed and fermented together to produce a well-unified body. This wine nicely combines the dominant Riesling mineral flavour with the Muscat’s typical honey aroma. Melon and mango notes add a soft finishing trace to the Muscat fruity flavour.”

  • Style: (Riesling-Muscat) White Wine
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile:  bright sweet/tart  -> green apple/pear -> tart/cloying finish.
  • Where I got it: Purchased @Winery
  • How much: $20, Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear light golden yellow. Strong pear/apple/white grape. Drinks with a bright dense 7/10-sweetness, med-heavy tartness, medium acidity, sour green apple, pear, stone fruit, finishing med-tart/cloying. Low-med complexity, okay transitions, okay carry, okay drinkability. 1st 1/3rd is okay, gets kinda boring afterward.

8th Generation Old Vines Riesling 2010 (Canada)

Old Vines (25 yr old) Riesling 2010 – 8th Generation Vineyard, 12.8% ABV – 750cl, (Summerland, BC, Canada) (1) Dryness, 325 cases produced.

  • Style: Riesling
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Heavy sugar/denseness -> acidity/pineapple/tangy/sourness -> cloying/alcoholic/rough finish.
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $23 (after 10%), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear light-med golden yellow, with surprising trace amounts of bubbles. Drinks with heavy sugars and denseness up front, rich acidity, pineapple, med-high tangy and sourness, 7/10-cloying sweetness transitions into light alcohol detection and some roughness in the finish. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, okay drinkability. Heavy at first but it dissipates shortly after.