Farm to Table: Wisconsin Wines
01 Dec, 2016
Because Wisconsin’s chillier climate made growing grapes difficult, the original wines focused on locally grown fruit, such as the cherries that Door County is so famous for.
In 1986, the winery was purchased by Bob and Noreen Pollman. They built upon the popularity of the winery’s fruit-based products and began expanding the range of wines to include other fruits such as mango, blackberry, pears and grapes. Because of this, the winery has had to expand from its original two room schoolhouse building several times over the years.
They also helped pioneer the creation of fruit/grape blends, such as the popular Blackberry Merlot and Cranbernet (cranberry and Cabernet Sauvignon). In the past decade, the winery has established a vineyard and begun using Wisconsin-grown grapes developed specifically for northern climates.
Through it all, Door Peninsula Winery has maintained excellence in its production. In 2013, Door Peninsula Winery was awarded seven bronze, six silver, four gold and three double-gold medals. Door Peninsula’s double-gold-winning Mango wine was even named “Best of Class” at the 23rd Annual Jerry D. Mead New World International Wine Competition in Ontario, California. Door Peninsula Winery has been at the forefront of the Door County economy for 40 years!
Try the Blackberry Merlot and Cranbernet in this month’s Farm to Table dish, featuring grilled porkloin with a red wine cranberry and blackberry reduction, served with creamy garlic mashed potatoes. This dish is available through December 31, 2016.
Grey Rock is open for dinner Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. The piano bar lounge opens at 4:30 p.m. and features live entertainment every Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Make your reservations online or call 800.444.2812.