About Sweet Fruit Wine

About Sweet Fruit Wine
Fruit wines have been produced in America for hundreds of years. While these are not products that receive much in the way of critical acclaim, they do represent a sense of pride from dozens, perhaps hundreds of vintners in the country.

Name a fruit and chances are it is made into a wine, be it apple, peach, blueberry or even pomegranate. Most of these are medium-sweet or even sweeter; generally these are not products that have acidity levels similar to most table wines.

These sweet fruit wines offer flavors that are derived from the fruit they are made from; pair these with mild cheeses, fresh fruit or sweet desserts.

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 Sweet Fruit Wine

Tomasello NV Blackberry Wine New Jersey
95 points
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of tamarind, ripe strawberry, raspberry syrup, pineapple confection, spiced grapefruit, and passionfruit with a racy, very sweet medium-to-full body and an effortless, intricate, long honeycomb, lychee, and bing cherry finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins. A serious fruit wine with excellent complexity and depth; a superior after-dinner choice.
95 points $12.95 Best Buy
Anthony Lee’s NV Raspberry Wine Maine
91 points
Indigo color. Interesting aromas and flavors of blackberry and currant, prune, and vanilla yogurt nuts with a satiny, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish imparting notes of chokecherry puree and black raspberry sorbet with no oak flavor. A rich and rewarding, super concentrated berry lover’s dream; pour on ice cream.
One Nation NV Passion American
89 points
Gold color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of warm strawberry pie filling and passionfruit custard tart with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish with impressions of kiwi and clementine relish and delicate spiced nuts. A wonderfully tropical and mouthwatering sweet fruit wine that delivers the yummy goods.
89 points $9.99
One Nation NV Pink American
88 points
Silvery amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced peach, strawberry jam on sourdough toast, and bit of apple cider with a silky, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish imparting nuances of strawberry fruit roll up and pecan sultana tart. A pleasant and pleasurable pink sweet wine perfect for picnics.
88 points $9.99
One Nation NV Pink Lemonade American
86 points
Topaz gray color. Curious aromas and flavors of dried lavender and lemon and spiced rhubarb with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet light body and a swift finish revealing accents of lemon verbena and moss with no oak flavor. A boldly earthy and herbal sweet wine best with cheeses.
86 points $9.99
Sea Salt Unsalted NV Cherry Michigan
84 points
Bright garnet color. Aromas and flavors of caramel apple pie, potpourri, spice drops, and cranberry crisp with a satiny, tangy, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish that shows impressions of cinnamon sangria. A sparkling Fruit Wine laden with spicy autumnal flavors; a good crowdpleaser.
Coda Rossa 2016 Black Bird Sweet Fruit Wine New Jersey
84 points
Gold color. Aromas of wrapped blackberries, black tea, yogurt, tomato, black pepper, and sweet gum tree with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy blackberry handpie and strawberry danish finish. A fruity and wild wine to serve with a good chill.