White Pine Winery

Southwest Michigan Winery and tasting room

May 27, 2021

Dave Miller

Summer is here and we love it!  Summer 2021 looks fantastic! We love where we live and we love sharing it, especially what comes from our land – wine. May051521

In the vineyard, the vines escaped damage from frost the mornings of May 10th through the 12th. Shoots are growing and the flower clusters will soon bloom and set the 2021 vintage. I love working with the vineyard, especially in a year like 2021 when there is great crop potential and, the possibility for a great vintage (great vintages occur during dry years).  The vineyard crew is removing suckers from vine trunks and extra “frost canes” we left just in case.

Our new Chambourcin vines will produce their first crop this year along with Marquette. Those grapes will make Dune Shadow Red, Lady Slipper Rose’ and Mirage. Traminette is a year behind and will bear fruit in ’22. Sadly, our Chardonnay vines were killed by a hard freeze during spring 2020. As much as we want Chardonnay on our land, we are very aware when Mother Nature sends a signal that a variety is not well suited to a site. That was the message we got last year so we replanted the Chardonnay block with more Riesling and Cabernet franc vines. We included some new Cab franc clones and are excited to try the wine in a couple of years.

In the winery we are releasing our 2018 Reserve Reds and some 2020 wines: Lady Slipper Rose’, Reserve Riesling, our new, Reserve Pinot gris and our second vintage of Muscat Ottonel. If you like our 2017 Cab franc or Cab franc Sophie’s Vineyard we encourage you to stock up soon as those wines will soon be gone.  We have another vintage of Borealis from 2019 that we are pouring this summer. Borealis is a blend of Marquette and Teroldego. The 2019 also has a bit of Merlot and Cab franc blended in for complexity and aroma. Our customers love it!

Summer is a wonderful season to enjoy all that our great state has to offer

The tasting room hours are 11am to 6pm Monday through  Saturday, and noon to 5pm Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. We do not require masks for those who are vaccinated! Make plans to visit St Joe and enjoy all summer has to offer.  

Upcoming Events:

St. Joe Farmer’s Market on the bluff – Saturday’s from 9 am to 2 pm

Friday night concert series.  Start June 18th from 7-8pm. Through August.

Antiques on the Bluff: Starting Sunday, July 4th. 1st Sunday’s through October

Krasl Art Fair.  Yes! Saturday and Sunday July 10 and 11, on the Bluff and in person!

Mike Yore Memorial Car Show.  Yes! Friday, July 16th 4 to 8 pm

Chalk the Block.  Yes! Friday August 6th through Sunday August 8thUpcoming Events


Wine tastes better with friends. Schedule a group tasting.