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
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Coyote Moon Vineyards
2015 Razzle Dazzle Fruit Wine New York State
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219161
Moncigale
NV Fruits & Wine Rosé and Cherry Fruit Wine France
Brilliant dark pink coral color. Complex, fruity aromas of fragrant berries, summer potpourri with eucalyptus and bergamot, sweet pea, and juicy melon with a silky, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a stimulating, medium-length cassis, blueberry pie, berry jam, and rooibos tea finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. The intense bouquet on the nose of this wine makes this a bottle to show and tell with friends.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221209
Dragon’s Tears
Pear Wine
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.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221186
Anthony Lee’s
NV Apple Wine Maine
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221206
Dragon’s Tears
Cranberry Wine
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221207
Dragon’s Tears
Strawberry Mango Wine
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218468
Paradise Hills Vineyard
NV Temptation Apple Wine Connecticut
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spicy poached and dried apples and honeycomb with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length hint of citrus and straw finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A crisp and refreshing apple wine that is not to sweet and drinks a bit like a sauvignon blanc-riesling blend.
88 points $15.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220387
Coyote Moon Vineyards
2015 Cherry Bomb Fruit Wine New York State
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221187
Anthony Lee’s
NV Pear Wine Maine
Bright gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of fallen pear and lemon talc with a silky, vibrant, off-dry light body and a polished, breezy kiwi, clementine, and chalk finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. An earthy, yeasty fruit wine for cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220554
Northleaf Winery
NV Rare Blend
Garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry preserves and delicate spice with a supple, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, rapid fruit punch finish. A pleasant, punch like fruit wine; try in sangria
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab