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Michigan Winters, Michigan Wines

Written by White Pine Winery on 06/20/2016

In the height of summer, it's easy to forget about the cold winds and snow that inhabit Michigan's Great Southwest. However, the winter greatly impacts the wine we are able to enjoy year round!

Dr. Dave Miller from White Pine Winery shares how the winters of the last few years have shaped our region's wines.

 

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(L) White Pine Winery Vineyards in fall of 2013
(R) Dave Miller PhD, author, Owner / Winemaker at White Pine Winery and Vineyards, LLC


I read a blog I wrote about this time in 2014 just after some of the coldest weather we’ve had in decades. I knew we were in for little to no crop on Vitis vinifera grapevines that year and I was right.  I had no idea that we would have similar weather again in 2015 with a similar result – little to no crop on Vitis vinifera varieties (e.g. Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet franc, Merlot).  Having two years in a row with little to no crop on those vines is unprecedented in Michigan.  

 

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U-Pick Fruit in Michigan's Great Southwest

Written by Tess Carragher on 06/15/2016

Michigan’s Great Southwest is known for beaches, rolling vineyards, fragrant orchards, and some of the best fruit in the country.  

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Ripe and ready peach from the 2015 season at Nye's Apple Barn

“The Fruit Belt” hugs the shoreline, offering the perfect soil and delayed frost for a wide variety of fruit. One of our favorite summer activities is picking the local produce ourselves; here’s our u-pick plan for the first part of summer! 

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Father's Day Weekend in Michigan's Great Southwest

Written by Tess Carragher on 06/13/2016

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th. We found some awesome options to celebrate all weekend long. Here’s our plan...not just for Dads!

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Third Coast Paddling offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals on the banks of the Paw Paw River. They are open every day from 10:00-6:00!

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