ok, here goes
The Liquor Control Commission has issued licensing forms - and now any winery, instate or out, must have that license to ship to michigan residents.
the Southwest part of the state received some freeze damage in april - mostly to juice grapes; but early budding vinifera and hybrids were damaged as well. it may involve 40% of the total winegrape crop - 100% for some, zero for others.
2005 was absolutly the best vintage ever and the reds in particular are very dark and concentrated.
my organization does promotion and supports research and other industry support for wineries who use predominantly michigan grown fruit. there are now 45 such wineries(but difficult to compare that number with states whose organizations count ALL wineries - e.g. indiana and illinois).
michigan wineries are now selling locally grown syrah, marsanne, viognier, muscat and sauvignon blanc - all finished dry. more syrah and sauvignon are being planted by a number of wineries. one winery has planted chenin blanc.
the new magazine - bigger and better
- is available at no cost at http://www.michiganwines.com
. one section recounts what i believe we should be known for in terms of wine styles - to which i would now add dry rose'. it is also available as a pdf online.
thus endith the short version