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Impressive New Addition to Old Mission Wine Trail

We spent our last day at the Michigan Grape & Wine Council annual meeting exploring three wineries on Old Mission Peninsula. There are two AVAs and while our favorite is Leelanau, across the Bay is Old Mission and there is some great wine being made there as well. Our first stop was Chateau Grand Traverse and we were hosted in great fashion with tastings of their wonderful Riesling portfolio as well as an overview of their vineyard by winemaker Bernt who is a long time employee of CGT. It was a wonderful way to start the day! The next stop was Peninsula Cellars whose tasting room is in a small schoolhouse built in 1897. It was a quaint setting that we had been to before and always enjoy.

The Annual February Pilgrimage to Michigan

I always look forward to the annual Michigan Grape & Wine Conference that occurs every February. Having now attended for five years, I am getting to know my way around and to enjoy seeing familiar faces while meeting new friends. Michigan is ahead of the wine making curve in the Midwest. Most winemakers here started out as farmers and then figured out that a good way to add value (and $$$) to their bottom line was to turn their fruit into wine. While there were some early experimenters in wine making (even before Prohibition), the industry started gaining traction in the late '70s and has grown since then. While early efforts focused on country wines (sweet and fruit driven), in the recent

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