Madison Magazine (the Wisconsin version) has a great piece on the proper wines to look for when you crave those juicy fruits for the end of summer -- definitely worth a read, all the more so since one of our local favorites (Ridge) made the "Midwest Best"! In their words:
Late summer ripeness calls for similarly ripe wines. While the season brings a juicy ripeness to our produce, we also start to taste starchy flavors as well, especially in our squashes and apples. These call for broader shouldered wines with uncomplicated, rich fruit and no discernable "earthiness."
The wines below are listed in order of increasing weight/intensity.
Guntrum Scheurebe Kabinett "Red", Germany, 2003 $12
Passion fruit and grapefruit aromas that carry through on the palate. Fresh and piquant, this moderately sweet white shines with Thai food. Look for the red bottle at your wine store.
D'Arenberg Marsanne/Viogner, "Hermit Crab", Australia 2004 $16.50
Its tropical fruit gives an impression of sweetness, but the wine finishes dry. Rich and nutty, it's quite fine with salmon and fruit-glazed
Clay Station Malbec, Lodi, California 2002 $14
Raspberry and floral scents with a rich, broad mouth-feel and nicely balanced oak flavors of vanilla and spice. Great with steak and barbecue.
Ridge Zinfandel, Spring Mountain, California 2002 $28
Restrained style of Zinfandel with a surprising elegance. Black pepper and blackberries show through moderate tannins. Consider decanting for an hour to bring out its nuance.