About Fruit Wines

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 Fruit Wines

Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Cranberry Key
94 points
$20.98
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce and juice with an racy, off-dry medium body and a refreshing, long finish. A remarkably pure and vibrant cranberry wine that will be great on it’s own or in cocktails.
94 points $20.98
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Key Lime Wine
92 points
$21.98
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime vinaigrette, almond cookie, and lime and coconut blossoms with an tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a compelling, long lime spritzed apple and melon and key lime pie finish with no oak. A delicious and pure lime wine that tastes like a fine drinking vinegar.
92 points $21.98
Coyote Moon Vineyards 2015 Razzle Dazzle Fruit Wine New York State
92 points
$15.80
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Fruity aromas of mixed berry syrup, gummy candy, and citronella with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and an appealing, medium-length tomate de arbol, floral honey, and raspberry finish with well-integrated tannins. A sweet and tangy fruit wine; elegantly rustic.
92 points $15.80 Best Buy
Dragon’s Tears  Pear Wine
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Old gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pear relish and sorbet and floral honey on biscuit with a silky, bright, fruity sweet medium body and an even, stimulating, medium-long finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A bright and mouthwatering pear wine that will delight your guests.
Awards: 2017 World Value Wine Challenge Best Value US Fruit Wine Exceptional Value
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Blueberry Blue
90 points
$22.98
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, berry jam on toast, and bit of perfume with an vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a delightful, long honeyed berries and sour cherries and praline finish with no oak. A tasty, nicely balanced blueberry wine that wine be great with desserts.
90 points $22.98
Anthony Lee’s NV Apple Wine Maine
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Bright light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of poached apple, hint of pepper, and caramel with a supple, tangy, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length citrus and melon finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A snappy, fruity apple wine that will be versatile.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria
89 points
$21.98
Pale silvery straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of pear blossom, honeydew, lime blossom, sweet aloe drink, asian pear, delicate almond sponge cake, and creme de violet with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish. A floral and alluring fruit wine with elegant pairing possibilities.
89 points $21.98
Dragon’s Tears  Cranberry Wine
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce and orange marmalade with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length watermelon candy and peach skin finish with fruit, crunchy tannins and no oak. A nice crunchy fruit wine with pure flavor and nice balance.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Dragon’s Tears  Strawberry Mango Wine
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves on raisin toast, peach sorbet, and mango chutney with a silky, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a polished, amusing, medium-length lemon-lime soda and tropical fruit punch finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasty, punch-like dessert wine.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Coyote Moon Vineyards 2015 Cherry Bomb Fruit Wine New York State
87 points
$14.85
Best Buy
Brilliant reddish orange color. Fruity, candied aromas of bubblegum, coconut mango sticky rice, apple cinnamon compote, and anisette biscotti with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and an engaging, relaxed apricot, chamomile, iced tea, and roobois finish with soft tannins and no oak. A sweet and complex way to end a meal.
87 points $14.85 Best Buy