Drinking Beyond the Grape

Four flavorful, alternative-fruit wines, and where to find them

For rosé lovers everywhere, there’s nothing like a perfect pink pour of the light and fruity ladies-night favorite… or so you thought. Hudson Valley vineyards like the four below are going beyond the grape, plucking and pressing other farm-grown fruits for a flavor profile equally as sweet and endearing.

 

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Strawberry

Baldwin Vineyards 176 Hardenburgh Rd., Pine Bush; (845) 744-2226

First introduced in 1985, Baldwin’s strawberry wine has served as a pioneer for all premiere fruit wine in the Northeast. It’s made with three pounds of fresh strawberries, giving it a delicate, refreshing taste that’s not cloyingly sweet or thick in consistency. It’s won numerous awards since its inception, some from the most prestigious of international wine competitions. —$16

 

Peach

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Glorie Farm Winery 40 Mountain Rd., Marlborough; (845) 236-3265

Peach meets pomp in a boozy blend of tree-ripened peaches and estate grapes. This lightly filtered fruity alternative boasts bright notes, while maintaining a traditional, slightly sweet white-wine quality. –$15

 

Blackberry

Clinton Vineyards 450 Schultzville Rd., Clinton Corners; (845) 266-5372

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Bold-bodied and rich, “Desire” lives up to its sultry name. Made fully from local, farm-grown blackberries, it’s velvety finish melts into a decadent sweetness that lingers. While it beautifully compliments indulgent desserts, it holds its own against robust cheeses like Stilton and bleu. –$25

 

Pear

Brookview Station Winery 1297 Brookview Station Rd., Castleton; 518-732-7317  

Brookview Station’s “Oh What a Pear!” fruit wine highlights hearty Hudson Valley harvest by crushing and fermenting locally sourced pears into a product that’s equally tart as it is sweet. It’s light on the tongue and just a touch dry, comparable to a Pinot Grigio or Seyval. –$16

 

Photo courtesy of Baldwin Vineyards

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