Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Did you say wine??

Today we are bringing back an "oldie but goodie" article from our friend Karel Bush at the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council. Don't let us fool you, we celebrate wine every month here at WMTA, however we are gearing up for one of our favorite events of the year, the Grand Rapids Wine, Beer, and Food Festival (!), so to pay homage to this awesome event featuring hundreds of wine and beer vendors from all over the world, we are going to regale you with this article from Karel about why Michigan wines are totally awesome. And, if you keep reading all the way to the end, you will even find a little treat (it is Halloween after all!)

If you love fine food and wine, your first question when planning your travel might be: What is unique about this region? When you travel through Michigan, you’ll discover the Great Lakes State offers a diverse assortment of cool-climate wines that pair beautifully with foods from their regions.

Many of Michigan’s 90-plus wineries are located in the most scenic spots in the state. Most are along the Lake Michigan shore, where vineyards take advantage of the “lake effect,” which brings insulating snow cover in the winter and warm breezes in the fall.

Because of Michigan’s diverse growing regions – vineyards are scattered from the Upper Peninsula to the southern state line – there are many varieties and styles of wine to enjoy.

Aromatic white wines like Riesling and Gewurztraminer are widely produced in Michigan. Riesling, in particular, is found from very dry to very sweet – even Ice Wine, which is a style unique to cool-climate areas. Try a sip and you will fall in love with this heavenly nectar.

Cabernet Franc ripens earlier than many other red grapes, which is an advantage in a cool climate like Michigan. This wine is produced as a varietal (labeled with the grape name), but is also blended with Merlot and other reds. Many Michigan wineries also produce delicious Pinot Noir, the most widely planted red grape.

Whether you’re looking for red or white, dry or sweet, you’ll find something to love at any of the winery tasting rooms around Michigan. To learn more about the wines and wineries of Michigan, visit

Now that you're all read up on Michigan wines, we want 5 of you to experience these awesome wines for yourself - at the GR Wine, Beer, and Food Festival of course! We are giving away 5 pairs of tickets away to the event happening next weekend, November 8-10 at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids (we won't make you work as hard as you did last year to win them either.) All you have to do is tell us your favorite Michigan wine or winery and you will be entered to win! Winners will be announced next Tuesday. 

Share this with your friends for an increased chance to win! (That is assuming they will take you as their guest!) 


Lisa Woods said...

Our favorite winery in Michigan has to be Chateau Chantal B&B. They are the nicest people you will ever meet. I would refer anyone to this place. The rooms are so very nice and the breakfast is also very good. Their wine is also outstanding. It is very hard for me to pick my favorite because they have great whites and great reds. If you ever have the opportunity to stay there DO NOT PASS it up.
Ed & Lisa Woods
Unionville, Indiana

Gina said...

My favorite Michigan winery is L. Mawby! I love being a Bubblehead!!! Cheers!

Paul said...

My favorite Michigan winery is Roundbarn Winery, they've got Wine & Beer AND Spirits!

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Tina said...

L Mawby Vineyard!

Scott said...

Blackstar Farms

Danielle Drewry said...

With so many great wineries to choose from, it's a tough question! I'd have to say my favorite is Chateau Chantal. Great staff with lots of knowledge!

Daniel Deitz said...

My favorite is Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant in Buchannan, Mi. They have a very good selection of wines and you cannot get a bad meal. They have several red wines, each of which has their own wonderful flavor. We went there in October and the view was spectacular.
Another of my favorites is a new tasting room in the village of Lake Leelanau. We visited the Boathouse Vineyard and Tasting room this summer. The newly built tasting room in right on the narrows of Lake Leelanau and is a perfect fit for the surroundings. It has a rustic charm, excellent staff and some really respectable red wines.

Lydia Vierson said...

So many wonderful ones - my top choices are Cascade Winery and Fox Barn

West Michigan Weekly said...

Thank so so much to all who participated in the wine festival giveaway! The winners are Lisa, Paul, Tina, Danielle, and Daniel. Please email the name you would like the tickets held under. They will be available at will call for the duration of the event!