For the best of class in dry white, dry red, semi-dry white, sparkling wine — as well as dessert, fruit and cherry blends, the results are in... Michigan wineries have just finished their own Olympic competition and we have all of the details.
Twenty-five wine experts gathered in East Lansing for the 35th annual Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition. Judges included wine experts from around the country. Emerging cold-hardy grape varieties were well represented in the competition. Medals were awarded to five wines made from “super-hardy” grapes, including top honors for a 2011 Marquette from Burgdorf’s Winery in Haslett and Flying Otter Winery in Adrian. Fifty-two of the state’s 94 wineries entered a record 448 wines for this year’s competition, which is open only to wine and spirits produced from Michigan grapes and other fruit. Gold medals were awarded to a wide variety of wines six competing categories. In addition to the recognitions noted above, judges were also impressed by the quality of red wines from Michigan’s exceptional 2010 vintage. Read the complete details from this annual competition.
White-tablecloth restaurants, supper clubs and even local taps in Michigan support homegrown wineries -- vintners are good sources for recommendations of local eateries that serve their wines. For a list of restaurants that serve four or more Pure Michigan wines, visit Michigan Wines restaurant locator directory.
With dozens of wineries to choose from, you can stop at several during your next visit to Michigan--or plan a wine-country outing along one of the state's four wine trails. As you take in the panorama of vineyards and sip local wines, you'll gain new appreciation for the meaning of la dolce vita--the good life! For more wine news, a Michigan wine trail map, wine and food pairings tips and other details about this fascinating culinary industry, visit Michigan Wines for all of the specifics.