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.
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Barrel Selection Peach
90 points
Silvery emerald straw color. Elegant aromas and flavors of asian pear, ripe mango and pineapple spritzed with lime, coconut confection, and sunchokes with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with no oak flavor. A perfumed nose and tropical vibe lend this fruit wine to al fresco dining and Latin pairings.
90 points $59.99
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
Coda Rossa 2016 Peach O Grigio Fruit Wine New Jersey
87 points
Best Buy
Pale amber beige color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach tea, honeysuckle, melon, and young mango with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of peach cobbler. A fruity, effortlessly drinkable wine that tastes of summer.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Barrel Selection Kiwi
86 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of apricot jam, fruit cake, dried peach, mango preserves, and hints of toast with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length bruleed tangerine, exotic citrus, lychee, and chamomile tea with honey finish. A bold, fruity wine with rich citrus notes; serve this fruit wine ice cold with Indian fare for maximum refreshment.
86 points $59.99
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.