June 23, 2017

Lemberger- A Cold Hardy Vinifera

Hidden among the twenty one varieties and forty acres of vines at Domaine Berrien Cellars and Winery in southwest Michigan is a two acre patch of hardy Austrian grapes known as Lemberger. Owner and winemaker Wally Maurer first encountered this grape in Germany while touring Europe with his father-in-law in the early 1990’s. He says it was his love of wine and the similarity of growing conditions … [Read more...]

How Well Does Midwest Wine Age?

Most of the wine purchased in the Midwest is consumed immediately or soon after purchase.  In my experience, the best wines from our region are made to be enjoyed as soon as possible.For both reds and whites, Midwest wines are usually not made from grape varieties that benefit greatly from aging. However, I recently opened some older bottles of Midwest wines and was pleasantly … [Read more...]