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-Domaine Berrien Christmas Market, December 10th, more information soon.

 

 

 

 

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Gorgonzola Cheese Dip

1 cup sour cream (low fat is ok)

2 tsp chopped shallots (chopped scallions in a pinch)

3 – 5 oz Gorgonzola

1/8 tsp Kosher salt (more if you like)

1/8 – ¼ tsp dry mustard, depending on taste (Coleman’s preferred)

Fresh ground pepper to taste

 

Soften cheese (20 – 25 seconds in the microwave or 30 minutes at room temp). Combine with other ingredients and stir. Chill at least 2 hours or overnight.

Serve with breadsticks or crackers and your favorite Domaine Berrien Cellars red wine – especially good with Wolf’s Prairie Red!  

(Recipe courtesy of DBC Cork Pullers Wine Club members Ralph & Toni Cook, Evergreen Park, IL)

 

 

Wally Maurer is usually known for his outstanding red wines, is racking up the gold medals this spring on his newly released white wines. Domaine Berrien Cellars is proud to announce the receipt of 3 gold medals, 4 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals for their 9 wines entered in the 17th Annual Great Lakes and Beyond Wine Judging, held in Farmington Hills, MI on May 17, 2012. The 3 gold medal winning wines are Domaine Berrien Cellars 2010 Marsanne, the Domaine Berrien Cellars 2011 Marsanne, and the Domaine Berrien Cellars 2011 Dry Traminette.

 

The 2010 Marsanne is the first Marsanne that Wally Maurer, Domaine Berrien Cellars' winemaker and owner, has aged in oak barrels. During his travels in the Rhone River region of France where the Marsanne grape is extensively grown, Wally saw most winemakers using oak in their fermentation and aging of white wines, and he decided to utilize this technique for the 2010 vintage, resulting in a buttery, full body and flavors of honey and toasted butterscotch. The 2011 Marsanne, in contrast, was fermented in stainless steel, yielding a crisp, fruity style wine. The 2011 Dry Traminette has a perfumey rose petal aroma profile with a lingering finish. All 3 gold medal winning wines are available for tasting at Domaine Berrien Cellars' tasting room daily from Noon to 5 PM.

 

Winning silver medals were the Domaine Berrien Cellars 2010 Cabernet Franc, the Domaine Berrien Cellars 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, the Domaine Berrien Cellars 2011 Steelhead White, and the Domaine Berrien Cellars 2011 Traminette Sweet. The Domaine Berrien Cellars 2010 Wolf's Prairie Red and the Domaine Berrien Cellars 2011 Vignoles were each awarded a bronze medal. All of the wines that Domaine Berrien Cellars released in May, 2012 now have been awarded medals.

 

Complete competition results may be found by clicking the following link:

Oakland Community College

 

Domaine Berrien Cellars is located in Berrien County, Michigan, in the Lake Michigan Shore Viticultural Area (AVA), and produces all estate wines. Set on an 80-acre farm, Domaine Berrien is a family operation, with 42 acres currently planted in grapes. Opened is 2001, the winery offers a quaint tasting room overlooking the wine production facility.

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Praise for your 2003 Lemberger (and other wines).

 

I wanted to just thank you for producing such nice wine from lesser known varietals (especially Marsanne and Lemberger). We had a bottle of your 2003 Lemberger (Blaufränkisch) that got lost in our basement for 16 years.  I had doubts that Lemberger was a wine that would age that well but it was really wonderful.  Your winery is absolutely our favorite in Michigan as well as the the entire Midwest and East.   We will be returning to your wonderful winery as soon as  this current crisis is over. 

 

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Greetings from the California wine country,

 Our good friends from Baroda, MI were nice enough to send us three bottles of your wine for the holidays.  When I saw the label it reminded me that we had a bottle left over from a previous gift in our cellar.  I went to lay down the three that they sent and retrieved a bottle of your 2003 "Crown of Cab".  I realized immediately why we had saved it;  57% Franc!  I guess we thought it could use some time to mellow.  We were correct.  

 
We opened the bottle and decanted for about an hour.  We were very impressed by the wine's staying power.  It has good fruit but I swear it could easily hang in there for another 7 or 8 years.
 
We just wanted to let you know that you have some fans in California.  We tend to seek out unusual wines here and loved your cuvee'.  
 
Keep up the good work.
 
Kind regards,
 
A Wine Lover in California

 

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Michigan by the Bottle to open our first off-site tasting room, in the Metro Detroit area.  The tasting room is now open, please click this  link for all the current information.  .