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 Black Gold - Marion Blackberry
89 points
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, sweet cherry, vanilla, and fresh oregano with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of hints of coffee with well-integrated, fruit tannins. Bright aromas of soft ripe berries invite the sipper to this bright and craveable Fruit Wine.
89 points $21.99
Isaac Smith 2019 Apple Wine Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe heirloom apple, honey, and hints of ginger with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits nuances of creamy vanilla taffy. A bold, pure Apple Wine for simple sipping and creative pairings.
Awards: 2020 Best New Jersey Fruit Wine
88 points $14 Best Buy
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Hurricane Class 5 Tropical Sangria
84 points
Pale golden straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of ripe mango, pears, fruit punch, tangerine, and honey with a satiny, soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length finish displaying impressions of peach toaster pastry and hints of grapefruit zest with a suggestion of oak flavor. Flirty fruit aromas beckon the sipper to the glass in this fun Fruit Wine.
84 points $19.99
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Key Limen
80 points
Emerald straw color. Aromas of poached pear and toasted pine nuts with a supple, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, crisp granny smith apple and broiled lime juice finish. A fun and tangy Fruit Wine quaffer to serve ice cold.
80 points $19.99