Wine Identified As Growth Sector For Michigan Economy; April Declared “Michigan Wine Month”
Despite a bleak year for other sectors of the Michigan economy, Michigan’s wine sales have bucked the downward trend and rose 10% in 2009, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Total national wine sales rose six percent (6%) in 2009, which means that, for the tenth straight year, sales of Michigan wine have outpaced national wine sales. In honor of this achievement, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm declared April to be “Michigan Wine Month.” According to Granholm, seven new wineries are slated to open this year alone. Michigan wineries now hold six percent (6%) of market share, as opposed to only three percent (3%), ten years ago. The wineries also attract visitors, which contributes in another way to Michigan’s economy through tourism. (To see a growth in an agricultural sector is good news to us here at The Local Beet. That the growth involves wine is even better news to this columnist.)
But, enough statistics. One way to celebrate this good news would be to have a toast with a bottle of Michigan wine. Many Michigan wineries are beginning to release their 2009 whites, so this is a good time to sample some. Some producers are offering specials this month:
If anyone knows of any other wine specials during April, please feel free to post here. If I learn about any additional specials, I will post them here, so please check back.