Your Green Life: White Winter Winery

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Walking up and down the aisles trying to decide what wine to bring to the dinner table can be a bit of a challenge if you're not sure what you're looking for.

With so many different tastes and colors on the Thanksgiving table, either a white or a red wine will probably do the trick.

But there is a green option for wine if you are looking to buy your products locally... Shannon Murphy explains in, "Your Green Life."

White Winter Winery specializes in making Mead.

"Which is the oldest fermented beverage in the world, and whenever you see Mead that means the base fermented sugar comes from honey," said Jonathan Hamilton, the VP of White Winter Wineries.

They're a sustainable business with regional partners.

Hamilton added, "Our products, virtually, would be all sourced from one hundred fifty miles or less."

The fruits and honey used in manufacturing the wine are produced around the Northland.

Buying locally supports neighboring business, as well as cuts down on transportation costs, and the carbon emissions released from burning fuel.

"We just wanted to use what was here in our own backyard. It didn't make sense to us to ship fruit or juice in from across the country," said Hamilton.

The local wine has been judged to have a first class taste, measuring up against international competition.

A few varieties even hold the gold medal in best of class.
If you're looking for a unique flavor for your Holiday table, there are special varieties making their debut this season.

"We have a sweet plum Mead that is about ready to be bottles, and a Cranberry one that we are working on, which has a little more work to do," said David Smith, seller assistant.

A wine from your neck of the woods and a true friend to the environment.


In Iron River, meteorologist Shannon Murphy, the Northland's NewsCenter.

This has been a hard year for growers and although the production, and the size of the fruits were down, the sugar level went up, which connoisseurs say made for fabulous wine products this year.