Michigan’s Leelanau Cellars Witches Brew

I live in southern Ohio and I was quite suprised to find this wine in my local liquor store. Even though it’s still August I couldn’t resist picking of a bottle of this Autumn-themed wine from Michigan’s Leelanau Cellars. This red with cinnamon and cloves is probably best served warm, but I decided to take my chances and chill it – opening it up on an evening when it was still 80 degrees outside. I actually found it quite delightful served cold. The spices gave it a touch of sweetness, and the colder temperature of the wine didn’t let the cinnamon and clove become overpowering. It was a great departure from the crisp whites I’ve been drinking most of the summer. I could even see this wine combined with some fruit and ginger ale to make a summer sangria.

Still…I’m sure this wine was initially meant to be served warm and is probably at its very best when served that way. If you’re hosting a fall get-together this wine would be perfect to serve ladled from a crock pot. Even though I enjoyed it very much chilled, I think I am going to pick up another bottle for a cool fall evening.

You can read more about this wine and order it from the Leelanau Cellars website: www.lwc.wine

Hawaii Wine

It may be hard to believe, but each and every state in the U.S. produces wine – even Hawaii. I’ve always wanted to try the wine of Hawaii, but figured I would probably never make it to a Hawaiian winery in person (but I can still dream). While shopping at a specialty store I came across this Maui Blanc Pineapple Wine produced at the Maui Wine winery, which  is made from 100% fresh pineapples. I was skeptical at first because I don’t care much for sweeter wines myself, but the bottle proclaimed that it was done in an off-dry style so I thought I would give it a try.

I brought it home and kept it in my wine refrigerator for three months. I kept meaning to open it but instead I found myself reaching past it for a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio on warm days. I finally decided to give it a try last night and I was pretty impressed. It really is off-dry, starts off as a crisp but smooth white wine, but then finishes with a fresh pineapple taste. This is one every wine lover should try…if only to say they did. (But it’s really good!!)

Maui Wine Website