St. Kathryn Cellars, Meadery of the Rockies, and Talon Winery work with many fruit wines and honey meads, nearly all of which have higher residual sugar than traditional wines, and say though most wine drinkers may talk dry, they actually drink sweet.
Talon Winery is notable for the crisp but fruity Viognier and the red blend Red Rock. The fruit — not grape — wines are all made from fruit juice.
For those looking to transition from sweet wines to more robust red wines there is the Blackberry Merlot. It is what it sounds like: a blend of blackberry wine and wine made from Merlot grapes. It retains characteristics of both styles of wine, fruitiness and sweetness from the blackberries and some tannin dryness from the Merlot.
For an entirely different animal, there’s the Strawberry Rhubarb wine. It is delicate and lightly sweet with an aroma similar to a bowl of just tossed strawberries, rhubarb and sugar waiting to go into a pie. The flavor is reminiscent of very ripe strawberries with a hint of rhubarb’s tart punch. Its delicate nature is reflected in the pale salmon color.
To make a nice summer cooler, mix fruit wine 50/50 with tonic water. The tonic brings out the rhubarb lurking in the background and makes for a bright refreshing drink during hot summer weather.