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
$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.
Coda Rossa 2016 Peach O Grigio Fruit Wine New Jersey
87 points
$14
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
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.