Different Vintage, Same Results

I’ve raved about Linden Vineyards Hardscrabble Chardonnay on the blog before. So it should come as no surprise that the 2007 Linden Hardscrabble Chardonnay follows in the footsteps of it’s older siblings. For those new to Linden Vineyards, the 5000 case winery and vineyard is located in Linden, Virginia. Having achieved near cult-like status, LindenRead more

Bowers Harbor Vineyards 2008 BHV Estate Riesling

Last but certainly not last in my tour of the wineries of the Old Mission Peninsula is Bowers Harbor Vineyards. A family-run, boutique winery, the 43-acre estate is located in historic Bowers Harbor. It’s unique microclimate provides ideal conditions for growing vinifera grapes. The estate includes two named vineyards, Erica and Langley, along with threeRead more

Chateau Grand Traverse 2008 Dry Riesling

Renowned for their Rieslings, Michigan’s wineries have made it the most planted grape in the state. But no winery has embraced the variety as much so as Chateau Grand Traverse. Established in 1974, the winery is credited with the first commercial planting of European vinifera grape varieties in Northern Michigan. Often referred to as the largest RieslingRead more

Black Star Farms 2008 Arcturos Pinot Gris

I’m beginning to run out of adjectives to describe the recent wines I’ve sampled from the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan. Named 1 of the top 10 great places for local wine by the USA TODAY, the region is delivering quality and value, making it a popular wine destination for tourists. Continuing thatRead more

Chateau Chantal Proprietor’s Reserve 2007 Pinot Noir

For whatever reasons, I’ve enjoyed more Pinot Noirs this year from the other 46 states than ever before. From the Finger Lakes in New York to the Snake River Valley in Idaho, quality has improved to the point where these emerging Pinot Noir regions can no longer be ignored. So it should come as noRead more

Peninsula Cellars 2007 Pinot Blanc

Before trying the 2007 Peninsula Cellars Pinot Blanc, I had only sampled 2 or 3 Pinot Blancs in the past. By no means am I an expert on the variety, but I definitely know a good wine from a bad wine. In this case, the Michigan wine takes first place. A family run winery locatedRead more

2 Lads 2008 Cabernet Franc

Very rarely does a wine label provide a window into a wineries principles. Bold, modern and true, the foundations of 2 Lads Winery. The second winery featured on my tour of the Old Mission Peninsula, 2 Lads Winery is a modern, contemporary winery with 22 acres of vineyards. Specializing in cool-climate red and sparkling wines,Read more