About Sweet Fruit Wine

About Sweet Fruit Wine
Fruit wines have been produced in America for hundreds of years. While these are not products that receive much in the way of critical acclaim, they do represent a sense of pride from dozens, perhaps hundreds of vintners in the country.

Name a fruit and chances are it is made into a wine, be it apple, peach, blueberry or even pomegranate. Most of these are medium-sweet or even sweeter; generally these are not products that have acidity levels similar to most table wines.

These sweet fruit wines offer flavors that are derived from the fruit they are made from; pair these with mild cheeses, fresh fruit or sweet desserts.

We have extolled the virtues of traditionally made American fruit wines for some years now; the category is full of well made and downright excellent wines. Perhaps most surprising is the fact that some of the best wines are actually made in dry table styles. These are often at their best with food. 'It's really exciting to match these wines with food,' said Maine blueberry winemaker Bob Bartlett, 'because there's no history, no precedent.' He suggests serving blueberry wine with Italian dishes or grilled lamb, and pear wine with smoked fish. A tasty thought indeed.

Top Picks for Sweet Fruit Wine

Tomasello NV Blackberry Wine New Jersey
95 points
$12.95
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of tamarind, ripe strawberry, raspberry syrup, pineapple confection, spiced grapefruit, and passionfruit with a racy, very sweet medium-to-full body and an effortless, intricate, long honeycomb, lychee, and bing cherry finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins. A serious fruit wine with excellent complexity and depth; a superior after-dinner choice.
95 points $12.95 Best Buy
Tomasello NV Cranberry Wine
94 points
$12.95
Best Buy
Bright light ruby color. Aromas of spicy cranberry relish and pickled cherries and berries with a full body and a refreshing, long floral honey, tangerine, and chalk finish with chewy, earthy tannins. A clean, powerful and pure cranberry wine that will be great with desserts, cheeses and cocktails.
94 points $12.95 Best Buy
Tomasello NV Red Raspberry Wine
93 points
$12.95
Best Buy
Brilliant Siam black color. Aromas of fresh raspberry preserves with a satiny, racy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, long ripe plum, spiced cherries, and raspberry liqueur finish with no oak. A stunningly vibrant raspberry wine with incredible flavor.
93 points $12.95 Best Buy
Tomasello NV Red Raspberry Moscato
92 points
$13.95
Best Buy
Brilliant Siam color. Fruity aromas of tart red raspberries, raspberry leaf, clover honey, and lemon bar with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long honeysuckle finish with no oak. A concentrated, pure, shining example of fruit wine; a serious, mouthwatering wine for all to love.
92 points $13.95 Best Buy
Tomasello NV Cranberry Moscato
92 points
$13.95
Best Buy
Brilliant Siam color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce and cocoa with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a polished, appealing, long blood orange and chalk finish with no oak. A sensational flavorful and pure cranberry wine that delivers the tart and tangy cranberry goods.
92 points $13.95 Best Buy
Easley NV Blueberry Jubilee
92 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of warm doughy blueberry pie and hint of caramelized canadian bacon with a racy, fruity sweet medium body and a charming, medium-long finish displaying notes of sour cherry and blueberry jams on raisin toast and hint of honeyed citrus. A delicious, celebratory blueberry wine with great pure flavor and a superb savory meat note.
92 points $8.99 Best Buy
Anthony Lee’s NV Raspberry Wine Maine
91 points
$14
Indigo color. Interesting aromas and flavors of blackberry and currant, prune, and vanilla yogurt nuts with a satiny, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish imparting notes of chokecherry puree and black raspberry sorbet with no oak flavor. A rich and rewarding, super concentrated berry lover’s dream; pour on ice cream.
Tomasello NV Blueberry Wine
91 points
$12.95
Best Buy
Dusty mauve color. Fruity, artificial aromas and flavors of spiced blueberry compote, blueberry blossoms, and tangerine with a silky, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla custard and asian spices finish. A very tasty and dimensional blueberry wine with nice layers.
91 points $12.95 Best Buy
Plagido’s Winery NV Blackberry Vigoroso Sweet Wine Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$19.99
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of fruit punch, purple chewy candies, concord grape, and cotton candy with a syrupy, lively, very sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate dipped raspberry finish. A bold fruit wine with intense berry notes to enjoy after a meal.
90 points $19.99
Tomasello NV Cherry Moscato
90 points
$13.95
Best Buy
Brilliant tomato bisque color. Aromas of ripe bing cherries with a velvety, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length sweet fruit cup and elderflower finish. A pure cherry wine that will be an excellent summer evening refresher; try topping with soda or sparkling wine.
90 points $13.95 Best Buy