McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Moscato (NV) – (South Eastern Australia)

  • My Rating: [A-]

McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Moscato (Non-Vintage), 6.0% ABV, 750ml., (South Eastern Australia)

on the back label:

“With floral aromas, this wine has a delightful bouquet. Its lively palate displays peach, citrus and honey with a full bodied sweetness balanced by a refreshing mouth feel.”

  • Style: (Frizzante – Moscato) White wine
  • Taste: Inviting fruity bright sweet peach pear elderflower tangy
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $15 – 750ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: sure
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: just for fun, not to impress

Visual: Twist cap top. Pours with bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass, clear light yellow, no activity.

Nose: bright fruity floral notes of peachy pear and touch of elderflower. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: bright welcoming fruitiness

Mid-palate: (lvl-7-sweetness), peach, pear, elderflower, tangy lemon-lime acidity,

Finish: light tart, trace amounts of cloying sugar, onset of heartburn

Summary: Super playfully fruity controlled sweet and hardly expensive. Recommended for parties, with a meal, or as a palate cleanser, this one is extremely easy to drink. Might cause heartburn for some.

Jacob’s Creek Moscato (Australia)


  • My Rating: [C+]

Jacob’s Creek Moscato 2011 – Orlando Wines, 8.0% ABV, 750ml., (Rowland Flat, South Australia)

on the back label:

“Jacob’s Creek Moscato is a deliciously refreshing ‘frizzante’ style wine delicately spritzed with vibrant sherbet flavours balanced with a lively and soft fruit sweetness.”

  • Style: (Frizzante – Moscato) White wine
  • Taste: Bright dense sweet puckery sour muscat grape partially cloying
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$13 – 750ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: unbalanced

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Twist cap top. Pours barely fizzy with lots of small bubbles hugging the side of the glass, light sunshine yellow colour.

Nose: bright apple-lime acidity, stonefruit minerality. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: puckery acidic-tart

Mid-palate: dense (lvl-6-sweetness), continued med-aggressive sour, alcoholic tang, muscat grape, lime

Finish: tart acidity, thickened saliva, prickly-tangy tongue, sticky gums, apple-white grape exhale.

Summary: Lots of bright grapey-apple fruitiness characteristic of moscatos, although somewhat cloying and sticky in the finish. Drinks like an inexpensive and straightforward muscat wine for the masses.

JoieFarm Muscat 2011 (Naramata, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: [C]

Muscat 2011 – JoieFarm Winery, 11.1% ABV – 750ml, (Naramata, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine)

on the back label:

“…The inspiration for this wine is the dry Muscats of Northern Italy, low in alcohol, crisp in acidity and perfumed like no other wine. The true charm of Muscat is that the pure floral, peachy aromatics are exactly what you will find in the glass….”


  • Style: (vintage, Muscat) White Wine
  • Taste: Big acidic soft sour peach med tart lime more acid
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $26 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to white wine lovers:

Visual: Screw-top cap. Pours clear golden straw yellow

Nose: pear, apple, hints of stone fruit, light tangy. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: incoming sour fruity

Mid-palate: peach accompanied by immediate cloying sustained acidic tartness, (lvl-3-sweetness), lime, white table grape

Finish: residual acidic sour

Summary: Just average, no particular delicious flavours or characteristics, yet nothing offensive about it either.

Ménage à Trois Moscato (California, USA)


  • My Rating: [C]

Ménage à Trois (Menage a Trois) Moscato 2010 – Fòlie a deux Winery, 11.0% ABV – 750ml., (Napa, California, USA)

meaning of ‘Ménage à Trois’?: google says:

“an arrangement in which three people share a sexual relationship, typically a domestic situation involving a married couple and the lover of one of them.” But you already knew that, didn’t you?

on the back label:

“Good things comes in threes. Our Moscato mingles wines from three different growing areas, each crafted by a different winemaker. Lovely floral aromas and luscious peach/apricot flavors make it the perfectly sweet blend!”

  • Style: (Moscato) White Wine
  • Taste: Sweet fruity from conc. apple juice acidic sour cloying
  • Where I got it : Firefly fine ales and wines, Vancouver
  • How much: $19 (after 10% off) – 750ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no, drinks cheap

Visual: Real cork, aluminum foil seal. Pours clear diluted apple juice yellow, a few very large bubbles along the perimeter

Nose: apple juice from concentrate, hints of apple cider vinegar. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: like juice, incoming sweetness

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, alcoholic bitterness, medium acidic sour, thin mouthfeel, (MAIN) from concentrate red apple juice, Welch’s white grape,

Finish: residual cloying sweetness, light tart, alcoholic throat warmth, peach/apricot exhale.

Summary: Best had with savoury dishes, currently its going down pretty decent with Japanese curry rice; Far too sugary sweet on its own, especially as it warms. Actually, every subsequent sip seems to compound in sweetness. It drinks like an inexpensive wine that it is

White Bear Riesling 2010 (Oliver, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: [C-]

Riesling 2010 – White Bear Wines, 12.5% ABV, 750ml, (Oliver, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“BC’s Great Bear Rainforest is 21 million acres and is the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world. It is home to grizzly bears, coastal wolves, salmon and the rare white Kermode or ‘Spirit’ Bear, which exists nowhere in the world besides this rainforest. Protecting habitat of this ‘umbrella’ species will protect many other species. A globally significant conservation effort is underway so that this rainforest can thrive for future generations.”


  • Style: (White wine) Riesling
  • Taste: Sour sustained dry acidic green apple lime
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store (Van)
  • How much: $14 (after 10% off) – 750ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados:

Visual: Screw-top cap. Pours clear light yellow, lots of micro bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose: green apple, honey dew, tingly acidity (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: mouth-flooding acidity

Mid-palate: (lvl-2), (MAIN) green apple, lime

Finish: sustained sour-acidity, thicken saliva.

Summary: Too much acidity and not enough inviting fruitiness. There are many other Rieslings I’d much prefer to have than this.

Calliope Riesling 2010 (BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: [C]

Riesling 2010, 13% ABV, 750ml, (Oliver, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Calliope (ka-LIE-oh-pee) wine embodies the freedom a beauty of its two namesakes: B.C.’s tiniest hummingbird, and the Greek Muse of Eloquence. Calliope is an escape from tradition; winemakers are empowered to utilize their creative talents to explore new taste profiles and expressive, fresh characteristics in each variety. The nose on this lively Riesling smacks of luscious orange blossoms, with hints of peach and pear. Bright acidity and ripe grapefruit refresh the palate. The perfect choice with Lemongrass BBQ Pork.”


  • Style: (White wine) Riesling
  • Taste: Sour acidic tangy fruity apple/pear
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $18 (after 10% off) – 750ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: can’t say I do

Visual: Screw-top cap. Pours clear light yellow.

Nose: Acidic tangy, pear, light muscat. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: fruity acidity

Mid-palate: medium puckery sour, (MAIN) lime, stonefruit, apple/pear, (lvl-3)-sweetness covered by the acidity.

Finish: grapefruity semi-sweet acidic finish.

Summary: Pretty standard, nothing that notable. Decent body and acidity.

Sandhill Viognier (Kelowna, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: C+

Viognier Small lots program 2008 – Sandhill Winery, 14.5% ABV – 750ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Every year, when we make our wines at Sandhill, we discover unique and distinctive barrels that deserve very special attention. The result is our ever-evolving Small Lots Porgram. From Robert Goltz’s Osprey Ridge Vineyard comes one of the newest and most exciting varieties to be grown in the Okanagan Valley. Originally from the Rhone Valley, Viognier requires ample heat to ripen well, making Osprey Ridge’s Southern Okanagan location ideal for this grape. Brilliant straw in colour, our Viognier offers peaches and floral notes on the nose with luscious fruit on the palate.”


More info about their wine on their website.

  • Style: (white wine) Viognier
  • Taste:p Salty sour acidic apple-peach and more salty
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $25 – 750ml., summer of 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no

Visual: Bottled in a heavy duty bottle, simple yet elegant, quality screen print. Pours clear medium deep golden yellow.

Nose: fruity apple-peach-nectarine, with some acidic sourness. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: fruity sugars

Mid-palate: immediate persistent salty, med-high acidity, (lvl-1) off-dry sweetness,(MAIN) apple, peach

Finish: tanginess, salty acidic finish.

Summary: This one is okay, probably best suited with a meal because of it’s salty-fruity profile. I prefer my whites fruity throughout with some minerality, and this isn’t it.

Moscato D’osoyoos – La Stella Winery (Osoyoos, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: C+

Moscato D’osoyoos 2009 – La Stella Winery, 9.5% ABV – 375ml, (Osoyoos, BC, Canada)

on the website:

“Inspired by the renowned Moscato d’Asti of the Piedmont region in Italy the Moscato d’Osoyoos expresses an intense and complex array of aromatics displaying this grape’s true varietal expression. The light effervescence adds to the texture of this wine and showcases the classic Moscato flavours and perfumes of orange blossom, peach rind, rose petal and melon. With around 8%Alc./Vol. this is a perfect aperitif, dessert or brunch wine.”

  • Style: (Muscat) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Apple-pineapple-muscat dense fruity acidic
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @Hastings St.
  • How much: $20 (after 5% off) – 375ml., January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear light yellow with a couple of tiny bubbles in the glass.

Nose: light apple juice with a bit of pineapple acidity, a very clear nose. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: incoming bright fruitiness

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-dense sweetness, almost salty, medium acidity/light tang, (MAIN) red apple, pineapple, muscat grape

Finish: residual sugars; half-cloying, alcohol detection, watery-thin mouthfeel, grassy citrus acidic finish.

Summary: Not quite as bright as other Muscat wines I’ve tried nor as sweet as a typical dessert wine, it does however fulfill the job of cleaning the palate after a meal.

Moscato – Barefoot Cellars (Modesto, CA, USA)


  • My Rating: B-

Moscato (NV) – Barefoot Cellars, 8.5% ABV – 750ml., (Modesto, CA, USA)

  • owned by E&J Gallo Winery since 2005, the largest winery in the world ([I take it to mean they produce the highest volume compared to any company]
  • 2011 Class Champion in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition USA

On the back label:

“Barefoot Moscato is a sweet wine with hints of delicious mouth-watering juicy peach and apricot flavours. Notes of lemon and orange citrus compliment a crisp refreshing finish. Barefoot Moscato is perfect with spicy Asian cuisine, light desserts, fresh fruits, and mild cheeses.”

  • Style: (Moscato) White Wine
  • Taste: Bright peach-apricot apple fruity medium sweet wine
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $10 – 750ml., sometime in 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: not quite; but good for non-drinkers

Visual: Nicely packaged with a simple yet effective label + synthetic cork. Pours clear light golden yellow with some tiny bubbles in the initial pour.

Nose: faint apple and surprisingly, minor alcohol detection (unimpressive) (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: incoming sweet apple fruitiness

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-fruity sweetness, alcohol bitterness, medium tangy, (MAIN) peach/apricot, pear/apple

Finish: residual fruity sugars (not cloying), light tart, fruity crisp yet short/succinct finish.

Summary: It has an extremely approachable and lively fruit orchard fruit character. Although it doesn’t have much length, carry or complexity, it’s drinkability and inexpensive price tag mean that I would recommend you to try it at least once.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay (Washington, USA)


  • My Rating: C+

Chardonnay 2002 – Chateau Ste. Michelle (Columbia Valley), 13.5% ABV – 750ml., (Woodinville, WA, USA)

On the back label:

“Our Columbia Valley Chardonnay is rich in character with additional complexity and balance attained by barrel fermentation. Aging sur lie in French oak results in a full-bodied wine and enhances the flavors of ripe apple, pear, and citrus fruit.”

  • Style: (white wine,) Chardonnay, oak-aged
  • Taste: fruity sugars -> apple/pear -> mild-tangy/off-dry fruity finish.
  • Where I got it : ??? (likely a gift 10+ years ago…)
  • How much: ~$15-20 – 750ml., sometime in…2003?
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: (no longer available, now they have Chardonnays from distinct vineyards)

Visual: 2002!!? A 12-year old white wine that benefited 0.1% from aging in my cellar. It wasn’t my intention to leave it for so long but I just never got around to opening it. Anyways, pours medium-light golden yellow, clear as water.

Nose: Fruity & ripe red apple and Barlett pears. (4/10-pungency)

Attack: controlled sugars, light acidity, orchard fruity aromas

Mid-palate: (3/10)-sweetness, light-tangy acidity, (MAIN) apple, pear (hint) lemon/lime

Finish: hints of saltiness, solid acidic/tang/citrus/off-dry follow through.

Summary: A decent table wine, an all-around easy sipper, chugger, and meal-wine. No highs or lows, just an easy cruise.