September 19, 2017

Michigan Wine Wire

Tough Choices for Juice Grape GrowersMany labrusca grape growers in Southwest Michigan are taking a long, hard look at their books right now and wondering if they should change their crops for next year or get out of the business entirely. According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, 85 percent of the "juice grape crop," worth $17 million, was lost this … [Read more...]

Northern Michigan Hard Cider Production Expands

Nestled along a scenic country road in Michigan's "little pinkie" is a simple barnlike building with a tandem bike displayed over the doorway. Inside, there is a surprise waiting for visitors to Leelanau Peninsula wine country: a tasting room featuring something different -- Michigan hard cider.Tandem Ciders founders Dan Young and Nikki Rothwell, a married couple, began selling cider in … [Read more...]