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Door Peninsula Winery 40th Anniversary Wines
Distributed by General Beverage
(Correction Notice: We mistakenly attributed Capitol-Husting in the print edition. Door Peninsula Wines are distributed by General Beverage.)
By Angie West
Average Retail: $9.99 for 750mL
In celebration of their 40th Anniversary, Door Peninsula has released Schoolhouse Cherry and Schoolhouse Apple wines. Cherry and apple wines were the first two offerings when the winery first opened in 1974, so they honored their roots but added a unique twist and experimented with oak barrel aging. The results are mellow and semi-dry, making these fruit wines more akin to their grape-based cousins.
A good summer wine lends itself to chilling, sipping and easy mixing. Take advantage of fresh, seasonal fruits and berries by throwing together a tasty sangria with the Schoolhouse Cherry wine. It has a brilliant ruby hue accented by a hint of cherry candy and oak on the nose. Tart cherry and cranberry bite on the sip and slowly fade into a pleasant green apple finish. Slight tannins from the cherry skin cut the sweetness on the mouthfeel.
When I think of apple wine, I envision cool weather and sweaters. Not so with Door Peninsula’s latest white! It’s very pale, crisp and semi-dry with high drinkability. The oak aging helps mellow the sweetness, making this an approachable option for any guest. Schoolhouse Apple is overall mild, yet it has enough character to stand up to light summer fare.