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Hawthorne Vineyards was our first stop on the Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail.

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Skies were blue and the weather was perfect.  The building was stunning and the view was spectacular.  We arrived a bit before they opened so we had plenty of time to enjoy its beauty and to take pictures.

We sampled the following:

  • 2014 Auxerrois
  • 2013 Pino Grigio
  • 2013 Barrel Reserve Chardonnay
  • 2013 Semi-Dry Gewurztraminer
  • 2013 Rose – a blend of Gamay Noir and Pinot Grigio
  • 2013 Select Harvest Riesling
  • Delish – a sweet blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Grigio
  • Cherry Splendor – a fruit wine blend of Balaton and Montmorency cherries
  • 2012 Pinot Noir
  • 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir

Auxerrois was a new grape to us so we were excited to sample it but we did not find it remarkable.

Aary declared her favorites to be the Reserve Chardonnay and the Cherry Splendor.  There were no standouts here for Bushmaster.  My pick was the Reserve Pinot Noir followed by the Pinot Noir and surprisingly the Reserve Chardonnay.

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Our tastings weren’t just limited to the wines and Abree got to participate with these next two.  For the first time we were introduced to shrub soda which is a flavored vinegar soda.  The vinegar dominates the flavor.  Bushmaster was turned off immediately and Abree was quite relieve to be able to order the Lake Effect Lemonade.  Shrub soda was very different and it took a bit to get used to it.  Both Aary and I agreed that it was interesting and something that we’d like to have every once in a while.

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