When most people think of wine, they think of traditional red, white, and rose wines made from grapes. But in areas of the country where apple and cherry orchards are plentiful, other types of fruit wines are made. Here is a look at some of the handcrafted wines that aren't made from grapes.
Great Lakes states Michigan and Wisconsin grow a tremendous amount of cherries, and they don't just use them for baking pies. The coastal climate is perfect for growing cherry trees. Cherry wine can be produced from sweet or tart cherries or sometimes both. Cherry varieties most commonly used include the sweet cherries Bing, Rainier, and Ulster, or the tart cherry varieties, Montmorency and Balaton.
Just like grape wine, cherry wine can be dry, semi-dry, or sweet. The sweet wines have more cherry flavor whereas the drier wines have more nuanced underlying flavor profiles. Sometimes varietals are produced, those made from just one type of cherry, and sometimes, a blend is used to create the flavor profile the vintner wants. Cherry wines go great with pork and other grilled meats as well as soft cheeses like brie and goat cheese.
Georgia is known as "The Peach State," but the agricultural center California produces far more than Georgia does, nearly 50 percent of the market. Either way, peaches are being used to create not only wines but peach beer as well. These wines are usually sweet, tasting like they are fresh from the orchard. Some have underlying notes of vanilla or ginger. Peach wine may also be blended with grape wine to create a drier finished product. Peach wines go great with creamy desserts, such as crème brûlée and ice cream.
With the abundance of pineapples in Hawaii, it makes sense that artisans have been busy making handcrafted wines from this fruit. Pineapple wines are often only semi-sweet or semi-dry depending on the winemaker. While other fruits wines might pair well with cheese, pineapple wine pairs extremely well with spicy food and grilled meats, like pork. This makes it even more versatile as a fruit wine.
Apple wines have been being made since Colonial times. With so many apple varieties, vintners can produce an unlimited amount of varietals and blends. The wines made be very dry, extra sweet, and everywhere in between. They pair well with cheddar cheese, smoky bacon, grilled vegetables and meats, and fresh fish and seafood.
To learn more, contact a winery like Chankaska Winery.