Welcome to White Pine Winery!
White Pine Winery showcases Southwest Michigan’s finest wines and warm hospitality in our lakeshore destination in the charming town of St. Joseph. We produce a range of delicious red and white wines and specialize in aromatic whites like Riesling and Pinot Gris and fruit driven reds like Syrah and Merlot. These varieties grow particularly well here given the lake effect which brings warm days and cool evenings to the vines during the important spring and fall growing seasons. Owner and winemaker, Dr. David Miller, is a noted winemaker and viticulturist with over 30 years of experience. Named after our state tree, White Pine characterizes Michigan’s natural beauty. We invite you to visit our tasting room at 317 State Street.
Holiday wine suggestions from White Pine Winery
5 December 2013
Dr. Dave Miller
The holidays are such a great time of year. It’s a time of celebration and giving, remembering family and friends, shopping, decorating.…. We all stay happily busy. Amidst the hustle and bustle we also find time to relax, unwind and enjoy a quiet moment; a time to kick back and enjoy a glass of our favorite wine. With the passing seasons we tend to shift gears in what we are drinking along with what we are eating. The heat of summer calls for lighter fare and the bracing, crisp, cold wines that are so perfect in that season. As temperatures drop and snow starts to fly we tend to find ourselves near a fire place or some similar cozy spot with heavier fare from soups and stews to roasts and pasta. The wine selections tend to be heartier too with reds dominating the line up. They are served at “cellar temperature” and tend to be a bit higher in alcohol with greater body to fortify us on those cold, winter days.
Within red wines there are many styles ranging from light, fruity and fresh Nouveau style wines which were just released in late November to mid-weight reds like Pinot noir and Merlot to the heavy weights like Cabernet sauvignon and Temperanillo. At White Pine we really enjoy the Dune Shadow Red as our go-to, everyday red. It’s dry and fruit-forward bursting with black cherry and spice aromas and flavors. It’s medium bodied and satisfies a broad range of tastes. Our Reserve Reds are the perfect thing to bring to a holiday gathering. The Merlot is soft and full with hints of vanilla and chocolate derived from aging in oak barrels. Serendipity is a charmer with the complexity wrought by blending Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet franc. It shows blueberry, cherry and cedar notes underlain with hints of cocoa from barrel aging. Syrah is one of our latest efforts. Dark fruit aromas are enhanced with a hint of black pepper, a hallmark of cool climate Syrah. Our wine is reminiscent of wines from the Rhone Valley in France, the ancient home of Syrah. This one is a real crowd pleaser with elegance, charm and finesse one might expect from a wine at twice the price. Red Expression is a perennial favorite with just a hint of sweetness to soften the finish and show off the red raspberry and strawberry flavors. It is wonderful in mulled wine or spiced wine! Stop by the tasting room for a sample. Warming Red Expression with cinnamon stick, allspice, clove and orange zest with a little brown sugar is the perfect treat for your holiday guests or, just for you after a long day playing in the snow. Walk into the house and let the aromas draw you in for your first sip. Mulled wine warms you from the inside and eases your mind after driving in blizzard conditions or shoveling the walk and drive. You’ll be happy you have some waiting for you.
Finally, we think that Ice Wine is the perfect thing for this season. It was produced under freezing conditions and is satisfying at any time of year. Have it with warm bread pudding and caramel sauce. Yum!
We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a healthy and happy 2014!