Is Michigan The New Napa? Not quite, But Food & Wine Magazine Still Weighs In Favorably

April 9, 2010 at 8:10 am

It’s been a great month for Michigan wine. First, its governor named April “Michigan Wine Month” in honor of the industry’s growth in 2009. Now, Food and Wine magazine visits the Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas after the writer (who originally hails from the Midwest, but now lives in Boston) heard great things from friends about the food and wine there. He sets out to investigate the possibility that the Midwest, known more to him for its bratwurst, could (gasp!) produce quality wine.

Despite some initial skepticism, the writer is pleasantly surprised by what he finds after visiting several wineries, even informally coining an inverse proposition about the quality of wine and the pretentiousness of the name of the winery. (In other words, can a guy named Larry make excellent sparkling wine?) The full article (with travel notes) can be read here.