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Sandra Silfven is a noted columnist for the Detroit News.

Here is a small excert from a recent on-line blog.  Click here to read the entire review of our award winning wines!  She says, and we agree, "Domaine Berrien Cellars has the best red wines in Michigan." 

Domaine Berrien Cellars is one of the Southwest's gems — and in my estimation makes the best red wines in the state.

This week, owners Katie and Wally Maurer are getting plenty of face time with their fans. Monday night: Wally poured wine at a sell-out tasting dinner at Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Shelby Township, Mich.

Wednesday and Thursday: Wally and wife Katie are pouring wine at the Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting and Winemaker Dinner in Chicago, Ill.

Wally and Katie Maurer have made a commercial success out of the vineyards that Katie's late parents Thomas and Abigail Fricke planted in 1992 — mostly Rhone varietals (whites Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne, and the red grape Syrah) in Berrien County. They also planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Lemberger, Pinot Noir and Merlot, plus hybrids. They sold the grapes to other wineries until founding their own business in 2001.

With its early emphasis on Rhone varietals, Domaine Berrien Cellars became the first winery in the state to release a commercially grown and vinified Syrah — Shiraz if you are hooked on the Australian wine.

Today, Wally's wines, especially the reds, are intense with earthy, robust Old World character. They often are brooding wines with good aging potential. Whether it's the age of the vines — or could it be the age and experience of the winemaker? — they are unique and have developed a wide audience.

"I don't make recipe wines," he commented recently. "Every year is a new, clean canvas. I keep the vines happy and stress them when they need stress," he said. He routinely drops green, unripe bunches, if there are too many of them, to enhance the ripening of the remaining clusters.

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