Michigan Celebrates Michigan Wine Month 2012
The governor of Michigan typically designates April as “Michigan Wine Month” as a way to recognize “a key part” of the state’s agriculture and tourism industries as well as shed the spotlight on its recently-released vintages. The Michigan wine industry contributes almost $800 million to the Michigan economy, and attracts over 1 million visitors. In 2012, Michigan has 91 (!) wineries, the best regarded of which are located on the hilly, water-ensconced Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas adjacent to Traverse City. Detroit-based Master Sommelier Claudia Tyagi said Michigan wines “are best viewed through the lens of cool climate, European wines and work beautifully at the table.” Lee Lutes, the winemaker for Black Star Farms on the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas said that the 2011 vintage for them shows “exceptional quality across a broad range of white and red wines with an almost unprecedented volume. “
Many wineries celebrate Michigan wine month by having events at their wineries. But some have special dinners throughout the state, and offer discounts intended to get their wines out to a larger audience. Some specials that might be of interest to Illinois residents:
- 2 Lads Winery has just released its 2011 wines, which can be ordered here. I’m a huge fan of their Rosé of Cabernet Franc.
- Black Star Farms is offering 20% off two of its wines in the latter half of April. Mildly known for sponsoring adorably campy contests (such as the Run for the Rosés in connection with the Kentucky Derby), Black Star is celebrating Michigan wine month by having a wine photo contest. The winner will receive a $125 gift certificate to their well-appointed Inn or a $20 gift card.
- On April 26, Brys Estate will hold a wine dinner at Bistro on the Boulevard in relatively nearby St. Joseph, Michigan. For details, go here.
- Fenn Valley Winery in Fennville is hosting a Winemaker’s Dinner on April 28th featuring its wines paired with the food of Brazil. $75/pp all inclusive.