Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Wine for May

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Wine for May

Article excerpt

A Lake Erie regional winery has released an unusual if traditional German-style toast to the season called May wine.

Johnson Estate Winery -- just over the Pennsylvania border in Westfield, N.Y. - has carbonated a sweet white made with Vidal Blanc grapes and given it an infusion of sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum). The medicinal herb, with a reputation as a spring tonic, is often added to "Maiwein" in Germany this time of year, sometimes with strawberries or other fruit, to make a punch.

Johnson Estate's winemaker Jeff Murphy made a batch more or less as a hoot last spring, but people liked it so much he decided to make twice as much this year. The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau required the winery to label the product as simply "May," saying there was no official classification for May wine. …

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