You Need to Try Else Wines’ ‘A Muscat on Skins’

Screenshot of ‘A Muscat on Skins’ via @else_wines

You Need To Try This is a running archive of all the awesome drinks and delicious dishes we’ve come across over the course of our professional and private lives.

I did something out of character recently: I bought some wine. You see, I’m a stalwart beer drinker, and a fairly prolific one. But it took nothing less than a week in Nice, France to turn me on to the world of natural wine.

So far in my adventures closer to home, there are three different local natural wine brands that have stood out to me. Each one has its own distinct persona: A Sunday in August is the good-looking and affable popular kid; Neon Eon is the colourful, good-humoured weirdo; and Else Wines is the free-spirited and self-aware mystery girl. The latter is the focus of my current infatuation. You really must try their A Muscat on Skins.

Subjectively, A Muscat on Skins is a very unwine-y wine. It is super light (9.65% Alc./Vol.), bright and lemonade-y. It’s also a vivacious and slightly precocious beverage, holding its own next to a plate of mature cheeses and good sourdough bread (my French-inspired standard).

I’ll spare you the eye strain of reading the minute child’s font on the label (an otherwise refreshingly whimsical, nature-inspired design by Penticton artist Britt Bidlake) to give you the specs: “Native ferment. Two weeks soaking on its skins. Two months in oak puncheon. Four months in stainless. NOTHING ADDED.”

Else Wines is based in the Okanagan Falls, where their family winery Echo Bay Vineyard is located, but the grapes for this particular wine were grown in Oliver, BC. The experimental wine brand launched earlier this spring with two releases (the other is a Pet Nat). To date, Legacy Liquor Store in Olympic Village is one of only two Vancouver stockists that I know of and, on a recent visit, they were sold out but hopeful about a small restock. If you’re lucky, Liberty’s Commercial Dr. location may still have a bottle or two. Clearly I’m not the only one who is swooning!


Liberty Wine Merchants (Commercial Drive)
Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
1622 Commercial Drive | 604-633-1922 | WEBSITE
You Need to Try Else Wines’ ‘A Muscat on Skins’

There are 2 comments

You Need To Try This

Vancouver’s Best Steak Experiences, Ranked

13 Places

We put together a list of our favourite steak spots around the city and invite our readers to rank their deliciousness.

You Need To Try This

This Map Leads to Vancouver’s Best French Fries

7 Places

We've mapped out our picks for the best french fries in Vancouver and invite our readers to rank them with their votes.

You Need To Try This

Vancouver’s Best Ice Cream, Ranked

27 Places

Summer is coming to an end and we need to get our last licks in. We've mapped out the best spots for your ranking consideration.

You Need To Try This

Who Makes Vancouver’s Best Fried Chicken Sandwich?

4 Places

In this poll we ask readers to choose between Vancouver's four best fried chicken sando spots: Hundy, Downlow, Popina and Juke.