Big Foot, Big Body, Big Wine!
Judges selection 2013 and 2014 - Alberta Beverage Awards.
Silver Medal in the North West Wine Summit 2013.
Saskwatch presents everything you expect from a big well structured dry red wine. Delicate ripe fruits followed by notes of spiced dark chocolate and balanced with flavours of smoky oak to end in a lingering smooth finish. It pairs well with red meats, especially BBQ, lam and game and is best served at room temperature. Due to its smooth finish, Saskwatch is unique as a red wine in that it can be paired with bold and spicy flavours like Mexican, Indian or Thai, and it also makes a great cheese wine.
Saskwatch is crafted from Alberta's Saskatoons, Black Currants and Spirit Hills honey. The berries are treated like red grapes in a red wine making process and actually contain the same elements which give red grape wine its color and flavor, but in a much higher concentration. All color and flavour is extracted from the skins during an extensive maceration period. The wine is fermented dry and aged in oak barrels. Let a taste of Alberta enrich your meat dishes or simply enjoy it on the deck or after a meal paired with some chocolate or cheese.
Saskwatch was one of the Judges Selections in the Alberta Beverage Awards 2013 (out of over 500 entries) as well as in 2014. The Alberta Beverage Awards are open to all liquor beverages sold in Alberta. It went on to win a silver medal in the North West Wine Summit in 2013.
A food lab in Edmonton has analyzed Saskwatch for its minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. The antioxidant results were so off the scale the lab redid the test to make sure their results were correct. Red wine is known for its antioxidants and a 5 ounce glass contains on average 320 mg of polyphenol antioxidants. Saskwatch contains 31,500 mg of polyphenol antioxidants in a 5 ounce glass, or the equivalent of 100 glasses of red wine.
Saskwatch is very versatile in its food pairings. It is great with any red meat like a good roast or steak and spectacular with game and BBQ. It pairs well with anything with bold flavours and is unique as a red wine in that it pairs beautifully with spicy foods like Mexican, Thai or Indian.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY
Thank you for making such a lovely mead! I didn't know what to expect from Alberta's Wild Rose but it was a wonderful bottle of wine! The flavour, the colour, the pure ingredients, fantastic!!
Shelley Smith, customer
Shared our first bottle of Dande this past weekend, and it was perfect! Dry enough for my husband to enjoy, but the underlying sweetness of the honey was just right for me. Wonderful experience, sharing and savoring our lovely mead wine. Might have to make this a Friday night tradition!
Tara Petersen, accredited Sommelier of the International Sommelier Guild
At first I was a bit skeptical when asked to profile the meads, but what a wonderful surprise it was to find local wines of such quality. Both Dande and Alberta's Red are well-structured and balanced wines with perfect acidity and an outstanding length. They are very food friendly, but can also be enjoyed all by themselves. And even though they are both dry, you can smell and taste the honey, it's almost like you can taste the sunshine and the flowering fields. These are wines that we Albertans can be proud of.
Jason Furgala, wine connoisseur
Visiting Spirit Hills is like visiting a quality winery in Sonoma or the Napa Valley. The visit will transport you to a different world and the wine will entirely amaze you and inspire you.