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 finish revealing accents of lime spritzed apple and melon and key lime pie with no oak flavor. A delicious and pure lime wine that tastes like a fine drinking vinegar.
92 points $21.98
Samson Estates NV Delilah Blueberry Wine Puget Sound
91 points
$12
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.
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 finish revealing shades of honeyed berries and sour cherries and praline with no oak flavor. A tasty, nicely balanced blueberry wine that wine be great with desserts.
90 points $22.98
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
Auburn Road NV Give Peach A Chance Peach Wine New Jersey
88 points
$12
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
$13
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
Tickle Me! NV Rhubarb Wine South Dakota
85 points
$20.95
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of white strawberries and citrus, rhubarb spritz, and brewer’s yeast with a tangy, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a cheery finish evoking overtones of sour cherry with lemon zest and raisin compote. A bright and snappy fruit wine.
85 points $20.95
Samson Estates NV Delilah Blackberry Wine Puget Sound
83 points
$12
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.