I'm not a big fan of fruit wines. During the holidays, I make an exception when it comes to cranberry wine. Cranberry wine's popularity has increased greatly over the past decade, so much so that the day before Thanksgiving when I went to buy my wine, all three stores I went to were sold out. The stores have restocked, and I won't wait until the last minute to buy a bottle or two for Christmas dinner.
What's great about cranberry wines is that they are usually made by small, local wineries in regions where cranberries are grown. The wines' rise in popularity has not only benefited the small wineries, it has also benefited the cranberry growers in those regions as the demand for cranberries for the wines has increased.
I've hunted down a few regional makers of cranberry wines for you.
- Three Lakes Winery - Three Lakes, Wisc.
- Boyden Valley Winery - Cambridge, Vt. (They get their cranberries from a local guy known as "Cranberry Bob" — love it!)
- Alfalfa Farm Winery - Topsfield, Mass.
- Pasek Cellars - Mount Vernon, Wash.
- Valenzano Winery - Shamong, N.J.