In my opinion, fruit wine is an under appreciated category on the market. A shame because people do not realize what they are missing until they are poured a glass! This year we tasted a variety of different fruits including blueberry, raspberry and apples. The winner of the Best in Class award is the Shin Premium Yuzu wine from Japan. Yuzu is a fruit I was introduced to when I lived in Japan, and it’s like a lively combination of lemon, grapefruit and orange. It is wonderful in a spritzer with either a splash of sparkling wine or soda water.
- Laurie MacKay
Be sure to watch for the winners of the 2023 Alberta Beverage Awards, coming in the October 2023 issue of Culinaire Magazine!
BEST IN CLASS
Shin Premium Yuzu Wine, Katsuragi, Japan
$33-35 CSPC 801668
Monte Creek Winery Blueberry, British Columbia, Canada
$22-24 CSPC 261644
Birds & Bees Big Tease Raspberry Organic Fruit Wine,
$20-22 CSPC 731365
Monte Creek Winery Split Decision, British Columbia, Canada
$24-27 CSPC 831258