Maker: Domaine Berrien, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA
Grape: Vignoles (at least 85%)
Place of origin: Lake Michigan Shore (Berrien Springs)
Purchased for $16 from Michigan by the Bottle, Royal Oak (Sipper Club)
Appearance: Bright gold.
Nose: Honey, camomile, lychee.
Palate: Semi-dry and medium bodied. Peach nectar (without the sweetness), mineral water, woodruff.
Finish: Strong lychee, drying.
Parting words: Vignoles is one of what I have dubbed on Twitter the “noble hybrids”, hybrid wine grape varieties that are capable of being good even when bottled as a varietal. The others on my list are Traminette, Chardonel, Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin and Baco Noir.
Vignoles is often made in a sweet style but also does well in dry and off-dry styles, as in this wine. It’s not complex, but is very pleasant with food or for Saturday afternoon sipping any time of year. 2015 Domaine Berrien Vignoles is recommended.