Virtual Wine Wednesday May 20 at 8 P.M.

Meet representatives from White Pine Winery, Hawthorne Vineyards and Domaine Berrien Cellars

Hawthorne Vineyards’ Brian Hosmer will participate in the May 20 Virtual Wine Wednesday happy hour, guiding tastings of the winery’s unoaked Chardonnay and Select Harvest Riesling. (Photo courtesy of Hawthorne Vineyards)

Michigan Wine Month Virtual Wine Wednesdays continue May 20 at 8 p.m., featuring Domaine Berrien Cellars, White Pine Winery and Hawthorne Vineyards.

Sommelier Cortney Casey, co-owner of Michigan By The Bottle tasting rooms, will lead the discussion with representatives of the wineries talking about their operations. They’ll also be tasting featured wines from each winery.

White Pine Winery: 2017 Lady Slipper Rosé and 2017 Pinot Grigio

Owner/winemaker Dave Miller describes the Rosé as offering summer fruit aromas of strawberry and cherry with a full-bodied mouth-feel with just enough acid to balance. It’s nice with food from the grill or all by itself.

The Pinot Grigio has a crisp acidity that supports a palate of honeydew melon and apple with a hint of lilac blossom. White Pine describes it as the ideal wine for sipping ice cold on the deck or by the warmth of a fire on a chilly autumn night, and it pairs well with seafood, poultry and salads.

Hawthorne Vineyards: Chardonnay and Select Harvest Riesling

General Manager Ann Pettyjohn says the unoaked Chardonnay displays bright apple, Meyer lemon and tropical fruit notes in the nose that are matched by the soft, dry palate. Stainless steel fermented and aged, this wine pairs well with lemon cream pasta dishes, roast chicken, white cheddar cheese and brie with pear slices, she says.

The aromas of the Riesling showcase white flowers, peach and apricot. The palate is rich and sweet, balanced by delicate acidity and minerality. Pettyjohn suggests serving the Riesling chilled with fruit salad, blue cheese, chicken and pork dishes and spicy Asian cuisines.

Domaine Berrien Cellars: 2018 Unoaked Chardonnay and 2016 Crown of Cabernet

Katie Maurer at Domaine Berrien says the classic unoaked Chardonnay offers subtle aromas of melon and tropical fruit, along with flavors of green apple, Meyer lemon and lime zest with a clean, crisp finish.

“Perfect for enjoying on a warm summer day,” she says.

The Crown of Cabernet is “the crown jewel of our cellar,” she notes. Aged in oak for 24 months, the Right Bank-inspired Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec has hints of cedar and mocha with blackberry flavors and a “silky smooth finish.”

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