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Tuesday March 26th 2013, 11:55 am
Filed under: Mad Picks | Wine, Beer, & Spirits

April is Michigan Wine Month! Don’t miss the Michigan Wine Showcase; in the meantime here’s a handful of Michigan wines that are dependably excellent, vintage after vintage!  Their wineries and winemakers have set a standard that makes us proud.

L. Mawby Blanc de Blancs, Leelanau Peninsula

Sleek, dry sparkling wines from northern Michigan’s master of bubbles, Larry Mawby.  Try using it instead of a French Blanc de Blancs Champagne, and look to be happily surprised!

Bel Lago Auxerrois, Leelanau Peninsula

(Pronounced “oh-zair-rah”)  A sophisticated Chardonnay alternative, made from a lesser known European white varietal.  Complex and dry.

Left Foot Charley Pinot Blanc, Old Mission Peninsula

Left Foot Charley takes the modest Pinot Blanc grape to an artistic level!  Bryan Ulbrich is the irrepressible owner-winemaker – pick up any of of his bottlings and look to be fulfilled. And check out his whimsical website!

Chateau Fontaine Pinot Gris, Leelanau Peninsula

Silky smooth dry white wine – it’ll make you stop buying Italian Pinot Grigio!  Chateau Fontaine’s wines have gotten terrific critical acclaim within the past couple of years.  Owners Dan and Lucie Matthies are the nicest people, you can’t help but celebrate their success.

Chateau Grand Traverse Gamay Noir, Old Mission Peninsula

Softly dry, lighter-bodied and easy drinking, an excellent Pinot Noir alternative!  Gamay is the red grape in France’s Beaujolais region.

Black Star Farms “Leorie Vineyard”, Old Mission Peninsula

A Merlot-Cabernet Franc blend, one of the most impressive red wines that Michigan makes.  Rich, full-flavored and age-worthy.  From a very special vineyard site on Old Mission, an amphitheater that protects the vines from the northern elements.

-Contributed by Madeline Triffon #madpicks


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