Dr. Dave Miller Michigan Wine Blog
White Pine Winery Harvest Blog 2017
The 2017 growing season has been great! Spring started with just a little frost and then the summer was warm with rain here and there. Now the fall is one of the warmest and driest on record. That means high sugars, low rot and wonderful harvest conditions. The early fermentations are text-book too. So far we have harvested Pinot grigio, Chardonnay and a couple of resistant hybrids for our blends. Riesling, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Chambourcin and the rest of the late-season varieties are hanging on the vines, slowly ripening and developing those complex aromas and flavors that we know and love in our wines.
Come out to wine country between now and Halloween and experience the sights, sounds and smells of harvest! Enjoy wines from past vintages, some great food, farm markets, fresh apple cider and donuts. Take a walk along Lake Michigan on a quiet beach now that the summer crowds are gone. Enjoy the season.
October 3, 2017