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.
(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.