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Looking for Apricot Wine or a nice Bartlett Pear Wine

There was once a small winery in Chatham that made incredible Apricot Wine that was perfect with cheese and crackers for a light dessert. Since they closed down I haven't been able to find it anywhere else. Does anyone know of a source? Alternatively, a light pear wine would be a good substitute.

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  1. Bargetto winery out of Santa Cruz area used to do some lovely fruit wines - haven't had any in a while, but worth checking out.

    1. Archibald Orchards makes an apricot/apple wine. The apple/peach is a bit sweeter and might be more what you are looking for.


      1. Not something you'll find everywhere but worth seeking out: poiré, pear cider from Normandy.

        1. I'll be the first one to ask ... so, where on this earth is Chatham ?

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            1. re: Elvis Goldberg

              Chatham is a town on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The winery was tiny but they did some truly wonderful fruit wines and had won some recognition for them. One touristy thing they did was to sell a cranberry/apple wine in a bottle shaped like a lobster.

            2. Have you ever tried Passito di Pantelleria?
              It's very apricot-y. Beautiful. It's made by
              drying Zibbobo grapes (like Moscato) and then
              making wine out of the "raisins." Try it.

              There are several good ones at different prices.
              The one I recall off the top of my head is Ben Rye
              (pronounced ree-EYE) from the Donnafugata winery.

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              1. re: maria lorraine

                Great stuff, as it ought to be at >$25 a tenth.

              2. If you cannot locate a pear or apricot wine and are looking
                for a nice fruit laced liquor, I just recently had the pleasure
                of enjoying a pear cognac called Belle de Brillet. I did not
                think I would like it as I don't usually care for anything too
                overly sweet for an after dinner drink. The perfume of this cognac was pure pear and the flavor was incrediible. It runs about $40 for a bottle. Much more fruit intensity than you will experiece in a fruit wine. Here in the New England area at turkey time we get some little local wineries that offer everything from blueberry to apple to cranberry wine .... I must say that the recommended pear cognac is my new bad habit. Give it a try. I bought it for a treat for some dinner guests this weekend and it was a major hit and created warm fuzzy conversation. :)

                1. there is a winery in maine that does decent pear wine, as well as many other fruits, and an oak aged wild blueberry that is decent. They are actually called bartlett winery which is funny since I think you said you are looking for bartlett pear wine. Shame they dont deliver, i guess youll have to trek up to midcoast maine.

                  1. The Cellar Door Winery in Lincolnville, ME offers an apple wine


                    1. Thanks for all the suggestions. The Bartlett Winery looks like it could be a good weekend trip and I like the pear cognac suggestion. I wish regulations were a little less strict so that more places could ship.

                      1. Peg,
                        The area where is Bartlett winery is situated is incredibly gorgeouse. I am biased as my parents live on Little Cranberry Island, which is located next to Acadia National Park about an hour or so from Gouldsboro where Bartletts is located.

                        1. I've been to Bar Harbor a few times, beautiful area. This was the first that I had heard of a winery in the area. Planning on heading up to Machias in June so maybe I can do a side trip. Thanks for the info!

                          1. If you cant find a good fruit wine where you are, a moscato can fill essentially the same niche (light, sweet, fruity, delicious)

                            1. Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA (about an hour west of Boston) makes a very drinkable pear wine -- I think it's the one called dry pear. I also like their perry, which is a hard cider made with pears. Many of their other fruit wines don't do it for me (on the sweet and harsh side though a definite step up from the offerings at the winery in Truro, the name of which I can't remember). The dessert wines are sweet of course, but enjoyably so. The raspberry wine goes great with chocolate cake.