A very unique fruit wine I’ve just had the opportunity to try is this semi-sweet blueberry table wine by Three Lakes Winery of Wisconsin. The most striking aspect of this fruit wine isn’t actually the wine itself; its the amazing cobalt blue glass bottle!  I’ve not seen a bottle like this in a very long time – though it looks totally awesome, I doubt it does anything to protect the wine.

Fruit wines are relatively simple to understand as they reflect the best essence the particular fruit has to offer. But aha! Therein lies the skill of the wine maker.  Non-grape fruits are typically grown to be eaten ‘as is’ with bright sweetness and muted acidity. To balance sweetness with acidity and alcohol content, the wine maker must know precisely what he or she needs to do to heighten the acidity and regulate the alcohol content without losing the panache the perfect fruit has by nature. This glossy blue wine glitters in the glass and has an aroma of the macerated berries.  At 11% alc/vol, I can only just feel a hint of the alcohol at the back of the tongue and into the nose. The sweetness wraps the tongue in a simplicity that reminds me of the  tiny wild berries picked as a child in New Brunswick.

Be sure to consume fruit wines as soon as possible – they don’t age very long; 9 months at most.  Enjoy this Three Lakes Winery Blueberry wine chilled or cellar temperature all by itself or with a nice piece of wildberry-topped cheesecake.

Cheers!

~tvb

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image credit: Three Lakes Winery

One Response to “Three Lakes Winery Blueberry Wine”

  • Brenda Alicea says:

    My son’s girlfriend brought this wine over for “American Idol” night…and I absolutely loved it. So much so that I actually had to look it up. I was telling my work mate about it and she said she toured the Three Lakes winery. I had no idea up until that point that a place like this even existed. I’m going to check the stores around Green Bay and buy me a few bottles.

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