Auk Island Winery black crowberry wine Twitter review

9:36:06 PM: I saw in the liquor store for the first time tonight. To be honest, usually I can’t stand local berry ‘wines’, but this one looked different.

9:37:06 PM: I try to think of my stupid old carbon footprint when I’m drinking and eating, so this bottle presented a great opportunity.

9:38:06 PM: Black crowberry, sez the back of the bottle, “is considered to be similar in taste to a red grape wine.” Not reassuring, but worth a shot?

9:41:11 PM: Black crowberries grow wild in Newfoundland! It’s local, so it can’t be THAT bad. #famouslastwords

9:44:58 PM: BTW: Black crowberries are the ones that grow close to blueberries that look like this:

9:45:22 PM: @pewpewpew They do look like juniper berries. You’re right. The needles are slightly different I think…

9:46:34 PM: The .1 in the 12.1% is a little weird.

9:50:37 PM: Just so you know I’m totally serious about this review:

9:53:26 PM: Good news: It has a cork. Bad news: I don’t have a corkscrew.

9:59:09 PM: “I’m here to, uh, screw your cork,” said the Swiss Army Knife.

10:01:03 PM: All right! I wish you could have heard that cork pop! I think I dislocated my shoulder too!

10:04:34 PM: Hmm.. strong berry aroma, but vaguely red wine-like. Smells vaguely of old juice. #bouquet

[@thisisordinary: Hey guys – it’s summer]

10:04:46 PM: @thisisordinary I’ll drink to that.

10:07:42 PM: I’m not drinking alone! I’m Tweeting a wine review. This is for public good. #lies

10:10:20 PM: First sip makes me want to kick my leg out straight… Second sip tastes like watered down cranberry juice… Not bad, but not red wine.
10:16:11 PM: Transparent! And kind of pink:

10:19:48 PM: The aftertaste is a bit rhubarby.

10:21:05 PM: I’m realizing I have no idea how to describe wine. Off to the Sensory User’s Manual!:

10:22:35 PM: Okay… Taste: Sweet. But perhaps I am “taste blind” says the Sensory User’s Manual (SUM)

10:25:22 PM: The feeling in the mouth (Follow the SUM!) is full! Not many tannins, I don’t think. There’s some acids goin’ on.

10:26:15 PM: It’s pretty awesome, for a wine that isn’t a wine at all.

10:28:29 PM: Okay, so… Aroma: Not so hot. Smells pretty strongly of fermented berries and only vaguely of a red wine-like thing.

10:31:31 PM: Taste: Good. I’m no Pierre Brejoux (hon-hon-hon), but this wine and my tongue got along. It was acidic, but quite wine-like.

10:32:56 PM: Feeling: Full. Ooo.. it’s getting easier to drink now.

10:35:17 PM: So! Auk Island Winery’s “Black Crow,” made from 100% local, wild black crowberries, is actually pretty good, and I’d recommend it. 13 bux++

10:39:22 PM: A good alt to red wine, with a small carbon footprint, & made of wild berries (< pesticides). I give it an E for effort and an A- overall.

What are some local wines you’ve tried? What was your experience? Leave a comment below.


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1 February 2008

  1. Elling Lien · February 1, 2008

    I feel doubly good about this review because I was IDed in the liquor store when I bought the bottle.

  2. kraftykathy · February 1, 2008

    @thescopeNL Yes, Rodrigues Wines.

  3. thescopeNL · February 1, 2008

    Have you ever tried a Newfoundland berry wine? What did you think?

  4. LindzT · February 1, 2008

    Isn’t the crowberry another name for blackberry? I picked up the bottle but didn’t buy it because it said it was blackberry and I’m allergic!: “Crowberry is a wild ground-fruit known to most Newfoundlanders and Labradorians as the blackberry”

  5. darcybutler · February 1, 2008

    @thescopeNL like the bakeapple/cloudberry as a dessert wine

  6. Elling Lien · February 1, 2008

    But are you allergic to actual blackberries, Newfoundland blackberries, or BlackBerry Smart Phones? That’s the question.

  7. Elling Lien · February 1, 2008

    Sorry, didn’t mean to come across as a jerk. There was an actual question buried in there: Are you allergic to Newfoundland blackberries or the ‘Rubus’ kind?

  8. damian · February 1, 2008

    The berry this wine is made from is supposedly the Black Crowberry (Empetrum nigrum L.), not the typical commercial blackberry (Rubus spp.). They are from two completely different families of plant (Black Crowberry from the Empetraceae family and Blackberry from the Rosaceae family) Although according to A. Glen Ryan’s classic field guide “Native Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland & Labrador” there are 7 species of the classic “blackberry” (Rubus spp.) native to our province. Unless they are throwing some of these in to the mix, the wine should be safe for you to drink (If it is the Rubus genus that you are allergic to). To differentiate, the Black Crowberry is a single berry that grows in a low ever-green mat, where as the blackberry (Rubus spp.) has the appearance of being a cluster of little berries (like a raspberry).

  9. Joelle · February 1, 2008

    I love Auk Island Wine. They make it in my hometown of Twillingate :)

  10. nancy · February 1, 2008

    I’m about to take a holiday in Newfoundland on the western coast. I wondered how easy is it to obtain Auk Island wine. I would like to try to bring home some wine made from iceberg water for my friends.

  11. bob · February 1, 2008

    Yes ! Rodrigues! Thanks KAthy!

  12. Clevernewt · February 1, 2008

    I loved it too!
    Where could I buy some, there isn’s any at the StJ LCBO anymore and I wanted to bring some hope as gifts?