Following tradition, Governor Snyder has once again proclaimed April to be Michigan Wine Month. Our state’s wine industry continues to grow at a steady pace, and the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council added 11 new wineries to its roster over the last year, giving Michigan a total of 92.
The 2011 vintage is by all counts amazing. Black Star Farms winemaker Lee Lutes has tasted many wines with his fellow vintners and relates “I don’t think there’s a winemaker in Leelanau who is not as excited about the 2011 vintage as they’ve ever been about any vintage. We have exceptional quality across a broad range of white and red wines with an almost unprecedented volume. Our 2011 Pinot Noirs and Rieslings are some of the best we’ve ever seen, and I think that every winery on the Peninsula is feeling the same level of enthusiasm for this vintage.”
Our friends Shannon and Cortney Casey at Michigan By the Bottle have jumped into Wine Month with both feet. They are once again offering their Super Huge Michigan Wine Month Giveaway. It’s bigger and better than ever in 2012 and features 28+ daily giveaways of all kinds of prizes & tickets from Michigan wineries and wine trails.
If you can’t make it out to the tasting rooms please take time to explore Michigan wine through Absolute Michigan’s Michigan Wine section and the Michigan Wine & Grape Industry Council web site to learn about the excellent offerings that are produced right here in the Mitten!
The 2012 edition of Michigan Wine Country Magazine is now available. It’s an an indispensable guide to the wines and wineries of Michigan, packed full of maps and touring information. While there we encourage you to join the Vintage Michigan Club and take advantage of the special savings it offers.
Upcoming 2012 Michigan Wine Events
If you haven’t done so, you owe it to yourself to get out and explore Michigan’s various wine regions. Here is a sampling of upcoming events designed for both seasoned tasters and those wanting to learn more and experience first hand the excellent wines that our wineries are producing. Know of one that’s not here? Post it in the comments!
- What’s Cooking Detroit: April 21 – Palace of Auburn Hills
- Michigan Wine Celebration: April 21-22 – Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail
- Michigan Wine Showcase: April 30 – The Rattlesnake Club, Detroit
- Spring Sip & Savor: May 5-6 – Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
- Blossom Days: May 19-20 – Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail
- Great Lakes Wine Fest: May 19 – MIS Speedway, Jackson
- Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival: June 16 – Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country
- Waterfront Wine Festival: June 23 – Harbor Springs
- Traverse City Wine & Art Festival: June 30, Traverse City
- Sunrise Side Wine & Food Festival: July 21 – Harrison
- Leelanau Food & Wine Festival: July 21 – Suttons Bay
- Wine and Food Festival at Meadow Brook: August 25-26 – Auburn Hills
Here is an interview with Steve Scheffel, President of Goodrich’s East Lansing about the growth of Michigan wines. Goodrich’s is one of the leading sellers of Michigan wine. Find many more places to buy at absolutemichigan.com/Wine. Steve says he doesn’t carry Michigan wines because he’s a nice guy (although he is) but rather because they sell.
Also click here to check out a whole lot more Michigan wine videos!