White Pine Winery
Southwest Michigan Winery and tasting room
New Wine Releases for Spring!
White Pine Spring News 2019
The Spring Equinox is here and we couldn’t be more excited! We have some great new wines for you to sample in the tasting room, some new awards and our 5th annual Celebrate Spring! Food and wine pairing event is just around the corner.
2017 Lady Slipper Rose’: The 2nd vintage of our Old World-style, dry rose’. This wine won a gold medal at it’s first competition the Michigan Wine Competition! It’s beautiful, garnet color leads to a palate of spring berries and early summer cherries. It’s soft on the tongue with just enough acid to balance the fruit and make it perfect for pairing with anything from the grill.
2017 Reserve Riesling: This is our traditional, Kabinet -style where we stop the fermentation to retain sweetness from the grapes. By not fermenting all of the sugar, the alcohol content is kept at around 10%. With just a hint of sweetness, flavors of apricot and green apple and mouth watering acidity, this wine will pair with any spring bounty from the forests and fields of the upper Midwest.
2017 Mirage: Our 2nd vintage of this instant classic. This is our Port-style dessert wine where we add wine spirits to increase the alcohol to 20% and then sweeten for a long finish. It is the way to end any meal or, just to have a sip at the end of a long day wandering the dunes in southwest Michigan.
2017 Pinot grigio: Michigan Pinot grigio is more like its European counterparts than like California examples from this grape. Our 2017 is bursting with apple and melon with a hint of pear that overlay crisp acidity. It’s a light, refreshing wine that is our go-to on the summer deck.
2017 Traminette: Traminette is the daughter of Gewurztraminer and Seyval blanc. Loaded with peach and mango aroma with orange blossom highlights. A hint of sweetness balances the acidity and let’s the fruit flavors shine! Pair with Thai curry or anything from southeast Asia.
2017 Teroldego: Pronounced Ter al’ di go – this is an ancient Italian variety tradtionally grown in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy. Our grapes come from Daddy Long Legs vineyard near Frankfort, MI Deep, ruby color leads to an earthy, rich palate with hints of plum, truffle, cigar box and a hint of mocha. Only 35 cases were produced of this experimental wine so get some while you can!
New Release: 2017 Reserve Mirage
New Wine Release: 2017 Reserve Mirage:
This is our 2nd vintage of this delicious dessert wine. Produced in a “Port-style” which means we add grape spirits to bring the alcohol content to 20%, then sweeten to the perfect balance to sip with dessert. Hints of dark cherry, plum and mocha are intriguing and pair perfectly with anything chocolate. This hasn’t been entered in competitions yet but the folks at Tastings.com had this to say about the 2016 vintage:
Bright dark violet color. Aromas of mulberry, bramble, and wild mint with a round, lively, sweet medium body and a warming, compelling, relaxed fruitcake, chocolate covered butterscotch, and English toffee finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A port-style wine for delicious dessert pairings.
Ladyslipper Blush receives Silver Medal / Highly Recommended status
The 2016 Ladyslipper Blush was awarded a Silver Medal and "Highly Recommended" rating by Tastings.com.
Dry rose' wines are all the rage for summer this year. Sales are growing by high double digits year over year and don't show any sign of slowing down. Our Ladyslipper Blush shows aromas and flavors of summer fruits - strawberries and cherries. The palate is soft and finishes clean and dry. Pair with salads, grilled veggies, barbecue and your favorite summer fruits. Click the link for more info.
Life Between The Vines Interview with White Pine Owner / Winemaker Dr Dave Miller
Dr Dave Miller talks about his career in the Michigan wine industry starting with his graduate studies at MSU, working in a large, corporate winery at St Julian, and to his current status as owner and winemaker at his own, boutique winery.
Check out his story: Life Between The Vines Podcast: Dr Dave Miller of White Pine Winery
Rose' is all the rage this summer
White Pine released our first dry rose', Ladyslipper Blush, in 2017. It is decidedly pink with aromas and flavors of fresh cherries and strawberries - a perfect summer sipper. But the trend among some in the wine community has been toward rose's that are ever more pale and light. Now the jury is in and the verdict is: pale rose' is acidic and often without flavor. On the other hand rose's that are harvested later with riper grapes and more color have yielded more desriable wines with better flavor, color and balance.
Our wine maker, Dr. Dave Miller, structured the White Pine Lady Slipper Blush / Rose' to reflect the better balance and flavor of ripe grapes. "We harvest later to be sure we have ripe flavors", says Dr. Dave. The wine may have a bit more color but that just reflects the riper flavors you can expect from this delicious summer sipper.
Lady Slipper Blush is on sale! To celebrate May / Michigan Wine Month we are offering a $3 / bottle discount on Lady Slipper Blush, marked down from $16.99 to $13.99 / bottle. Come in for a cold bottle to sip on the deck tonight!
Read the article at the link below