Midwest Living Review
Warner Vineyard's Paw Paw tasting room lives in the shadow it St. Julian Winery, literally. The award-wining St. Julian is the oldest winery in Michigan and sits right next door. Warner's president Patrick Warner calls them the Gallo of Michigan. Warner is the second oldest and a completely charming setting to taste wine. Everything about Warner's tasting room charms. Set along a creek in a historic 1898 waterworks station, the brick and wood building features a tasting room lined with boxes of the many Warner wines, a row of champagne caves, and a long wood counter where you can try up to six wines. Customers leave feeling happy, and not just from the wine. Patrick charms as he pours tastes. Even the guard dog Vino charms -- he is only ankle high and craves petting. Try reds, blushes, whites, fruit wines, dessert wines and sparkling juices. The Warner Brut champagne isn't available to taste, but it is the same blend as Dom Perignon -- 85 percent Chardonnay and 15 percent Pinot Noir. Only 200 cases are made a year. At $29.99 a bottle, it is a totally sipable blend. Outside, along the creek is a new amphitheater where concerts are held Saturdays. Listening to live music would add just one more element to a totally enjoyable wine-tasting experience.