May 30, 2020
Summer has finally arrived with a vengeance… we love it! Lake Michigan is warm enough for swimming and some have accepted the challenge. Visitors have arrived, albeit cautiously. Stores are reopening, also cautiously as we all find a balance between staying safe and staying in business. We love where we live and we love sharing it, especially what comes from our land – wine.
In the vineyard, the shoots are growing and the flower clusters will soon bloom and set the crop for the 2020 vintage. I love working with the vineyard, especially in a year like 2020 when there is so much uncertainty in the world. The vines are going through their annual growth cycle as they have done for millions of years. The vines will grow on, make grapes and complete another cycle, no matter the troubles of Man. So far the vintage is looking good! But there is a long time between now and October when we will harvest the fruit. So send positive Karma our way!
Our new vineyard of Chambourcin, Traminette, Marquette and Chardonnay now has a trellis and is looking like a vineyard We planted Chardonnay to make a classic, white Burgundy – style wine from grapes grown here in Michigan. The other varieties will make Lady Slipper Rose’ Mirage, and red blends like Dune Shadow Red. Those vines will produce their first crop in 2021.
In the winery we are anxiously anticipating the 2019 Chardonnay and Pinot grigio. Both are from Northern Michigan since the southern vineyards didn’t have crop last year. Both are excellent and we can hardly wait to share them. We also have Muscat Ottonel for the very first time. The fruit is from our friends at Daddy Longlegs Vineyards in Beulah, MI. It is classic Muscat! It will be finished semi-sweet with great acidity for balance. Our reds are from Washington State fruit – Merlot and Cabernet franc. They will continue to mature in barrels until at least fall. The Covid 19 shutdown has slowed sales and our bottling plans have been delayed. Watch here for updates!
Summer is a wonderful season to enjoy all that our great state has to offer. This year more than ever is a chance to check out the great outdoors and stay away from the crowds. It’s safe and it’s a heck of a lot of fun. Nearly all of the summer events and activities in St Joe and southwest Michigan have been canceled. But we can still entertain ourselves! Be sure to pickup local wine and food-to-go from your favorite local restaurant. Your business now will insure we are still here next year.
The tasting room hours are noon to 5 pm Tuesday, Friday and Saturday through June 30th. Watch Facebook and our newsletters for updates as the situation evolves. Stay safe and have fun!