Our goal is to visit every Michigan wine trail at least once a year. We had been to Lake Michigan Shore about a year ago, so it was about that time again. Cortney and I spent two days tasting great wine, eating fabulous food and relaxing with two of our most cherished friends. Take a look at the wine and food treasures we discovered along the way ...
The wineries in Southwest Michigan are the playground of people from Chicago and South Bend — who know our Michigan wines. They have been supporting the Michigan wine industry for many years.
Doesn't everyone carry their berries in leather pouches? Huh? You just have to watch the podcast as we taste through the latest vintage of Merlot, the 2011, from Domaine Berrien Cellars. Are you a Domaine Berrien Cellars and/or Merlot fan? Come tell us about it.
OK, we'll warn you right off the bat: This one's a bit longer than usual because we talk about/practice the deductive tasting method as we try a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from Domaine Berrien Cellars. Cort talks about tasting practices she learned in the recent Court of Master Sommeliers' Introductory Sommelier Course, yet still can't pronounce the word "sommelier." Baby steps...
Rhone-irific! In today's podcast, Cort lets Shannon take a turn at yammering as we taste through two vintages of Domaine Berrien Cellars' Marsanne — 2010 and 2011 — side-by-side to evaluate the effects of oak versus tank. Plus, a stern admonishment to check out the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, if you haven't already. (Or even if you have ... do it again!)
Congratulations to ANNIE STODOLA! She was randomly drawn from yesterday's entrants to win a taste and tour package from Left Foot Charley. Annie, please email us at email@example.com within 48 hours to claim your prize. (For prizes not claimed within 48 hours, we will redraw from the original pool of entrants to determine a new recipient, so be sure to check back daily to see if you're a winner!)
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Today's sponsor: Domaine Berrien Cellars
Today's prize: A gift certificate for a vineyard picnic at Domaine Berrien Cellars for up to four people. The prize includes free wine tasting, souvenir glass, cheese, crackers, sausage and a glass of DBC wine for each of the attendees.
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Wally Maurer, owner, wine maker and viticulturist at the family-owned Domaine Berrien Cellars near Berrien Springs, said there is extensive damage to the grape crop he uses to make Chardonnay wines.
"We're one of the minority that only use our own fruit. We did suffer quite a bit of damage on early varieties (of grapes)," Maurer said. "Thank goodness we grow 21 different varieties, and they don't all mature at the same time. It's too early to tell if there will be a problem with the wines. But we definitely have a reduced crop, Chardonnay specifically."
"We'll come find you and drink your Lemberger!" Yes, indeed. Today, we taste through Domaine Berrien Cellars' Lemberger, one of our favorite go-to dry reds.
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