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

Samson Estates NV Delilah Blueberry Wine Puget Sound
91 points
Light siam color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum, orange salt water taffy, cinnamon, sweet pea blossom, and eucalyptus with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a silky, appealing, breezy finish evoking notes of honey and wild berries with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicate and perfumed fruit wine that will be a really lovely afternoon libation.
Auburn Road NV Give Peach A Chance Peach Wine New Jersey
88 points
Best Buy
White gold color. Fruity aromas of wrapped peach fruit roll up and apricot preserves with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a medium-length apricot nectar, lime, and peach skins finish with fruit tannins. A pure fruit wine with a bit of texture that’s like biting in to summer fruit; pour it over sorbet!
88 points $12 Best Buy
Auburn Road NV Apple Wine New Jersey
86 points
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of beeswax and poached apple with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and an even, medium-length lemon zest finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A balanced apple wine with delicate flavor; serve well-chilled.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Samson Estates NV Delilah Blackberry Wine Puget Sound
83 points
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of wrapped cherry wine gums and ripe kiwi with a lightly tannic, bright, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of plum stone with chewy, fruit tannins. A quaffable fruit wine with a rustic appeal.