Michigan Is The New Wine Country


| 11/13/2014 9:46:00 AM


Tags: Wine, Wine Country, Wineries, Lois Hoffman,

Country MoonWhat is fruity, enhances the flavor of most foods, tastes good and is good for you? Wine, the fruit of the vine, fills the bill on all counts.

Michigan has come into its own when it comes to wine with more than 100 wineries and 120 tasting rooms across the state nestled among 15,000 acres of scenic vineyards. This acreage has doubled in the last 10 years boosting Michigan to fifth in the nation in wine grape production.

Wine country has also tapped into Michigan’s tourism because wine grapes usually grow in scenic places. Most of the state’s quality wine grapes grow within 25 miles of Lake Michigan. The lake effect insulates the vines with snow, thus protecting them during harsh winters, keeps them cool in summer and extends the growing season. The Lake Michigan shore wine country has come to be known as the Napa Valley of the Midwest.

There are six wine trails throughout the state with many events scheduled throughout the year. People can have dinner with a winemaker, snowshoe through the vineyard and go to a wine festival on the beach, to name a few.

All wines are alcoholic beverages made from fermented grapes or other fruits. The natural chemical balance of grapes lets them ferment without adding sugar, acids, enzymes, water or anything else. Thus, the resulting product is all natural.

Wines have been prevalent throughout history, the first records of winemaking being recorded around 6000 B.C. in Georgia (not the state, but a country at the crossroads of western Asia and eastern Europe). There are more than 5,000 different wine grapes throughout the world, which make for even more varieties of wine.

nebraskadave
11/18/2014 9:22:05 AM

Lois, I'm definitely no Connoisseur of wines and seldom drink alcohol. I'm more of coffee and tea kind of a guy for daily consumption. However, I'm not a tea teetotaler either. I drink alcohol from time to time but don't really have a favorite. I'm totally surprised that we have vineyards right here in Nebraska. Some not too far away from where I live. I haven't tasted the Nebraska wine yet. Have a great wine country day.





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