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.

We have four new-release wines for you to enjoy:New Release Reds 032021

Our reserve reds are sourced from low yielding vineyards to produce wines loaded with flavor and character. All of the wines are aged for a minimum of 12 months in French Oak barrels. This time honored tradition produces the finest quality wines.

2018 Reserve Merlot: Ruby red. Loaded with dark cherry and berry notes, silky smooth tannins and hint of allspice on the finish. Offered at $5 discount - $23.99

2018 Reserve Serendipity: Deep Ruby with raspberry and blueberry aromas and a hint of mocha. Our classic Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet sauvignon and Cabernet franc. Firm tannins in the mid palate show off the Cab sauvignon. Always a customer favorite. $28.99

2019 Reserve Borealis. A blend of Teroldego and Marquette. Deep ruby with a hint of violet show the wines youth. Teroldego brings and earthy component of truffle that's complimented with dark cherry from Marquette. Very much in its youth but promises to develop beautifully. $28.99

2019 Pinot grigio Leelanau Peninsula. Bright and crisp with melon, pear, apple and a hint of lime zest. A spring favorite! $18.99

White Pine Winery May Specials

2 May 2020

May is Michigan Wine Month so we are offering the following specials to celebrate:

  • 10% off bottled wine
  • 20% off cases(12 or more bottles – mix and match)
  • Flat rate shipping in Michigan: $15

We hope to be able to offer tasting flights and wine by the glass after May 15th. Stay tuned!

We are open Tuesday’s and Saturday’s from 11 am to 3 pm to process shipping orders and for curbside pickup. Contact us any time to place your order and then pickup Tuesday or Saturday.

Phone: 269 281-0098; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check out the link at the Michigan Wine Collaborative for more information and special events during May in Michigan: Michigan Wine Collaborative

Stay safe and we will see you soon!

White Pine Fall News 202WPWRieslingSept20200

By Dave Miller

We’re celebrating White Pine’s 10th Anniversary this month (September)! We wonder where the time went but we are happy to be here and producing the kind of wines we think best showcase the terroir of southwest Michigan. Help us celebrate by taking 5% off 4 bottles; 10% off 6 bottles and 15% off 12 or more bottles. Wine club members get 15% off starting at 6 bottles. Stock up on some of our limited production and experimental wines like Borealis 2018 and Muscat Ottonel 2019!

Labor Day has passed and cooler temperatures have arrived– a sure sign that fall is here along with grape harvest and wine making season. We couldn’t be happier!  This year we have a nice crop of grapes that are ripening perfectly in the warm, dry conditions. It’s going to be a very good vintage. In fact, it’s going to be a great vintage! If one looks back at the great vintages in Europe, they always come following warm, dry summers with just enough rain to keep the vines active. That allow the grapes to accumulate sugar and make flavor and color.

But the dry weather also brings with it less pressure from molds and mildews, less bunch rot, less vine canopy growth which keeps the grapes exposed to the sun and, less weed growth which just makes it easier to manage the vines.  The forecast for cooler weather ahead will enhance color development while at the same time retaining acidity for wine balance and longevity.  Oh, yeah, there are going to be great wines this year!

We are thankful that we are looking at a spectacular vintage after everything all of us have endured this year. If we look hard, there are some good things to remember about 2020: more family time, more time out of doors (my favorite 😉), a slower pace to life and now, great wine.

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.

2016 Reserve Mirage - Silver Medal; Highly Recommended




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