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.
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Barrel Selection Peach
90 points
$59.99
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
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Black Gold - Marion Blackberry
89 points
$21.99
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
$14
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
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
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Barrel Selection Kiwi
86 points
$59.99
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
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Hurricane Class 5 Tropical Sangria
84 points
$19.99
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
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.
Florida Orange Groves Winery NV Key Limen
80 points
$19.99
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