Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival 2013 Photos
The Lake Michigan Shore Wine festival was held at Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan on June 15th. This event is held literally on the shores of Lake Michigan and featured 15 wineries pouring 56 wines.
The variety of local grapes used to make wine by The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country wineries is impressive by any standard. 40% of the wines featured at the Weko Beach event this year were Michigan vinifera wines, another indication that production of traditional European cultivars continues to expand in Southwest Michigan. Top vinifera wines poured included a Syrah from Karma Vista Winery, a Pinot Grigio from Lawton Ridge Winery and Hickory Creek Pinot Noir.
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Of course, labrusca (juice grape) and hybrid wines are still crowd favorites for the attendees who were more or less evenly split between Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Hybrid standouts included Tabor Hill Winery’s Valvin Muscat and Fenn Valley’s Late Harvest Vignoles.
Harding’s Friendly Markets of Bridgman was a main sponsor of the event. Harding’s in Bridgman has one the most extensive selections of Michigan wines in the state. Other sponsors included Southwestern Michigan Tourism, The Economic Growth Alliance (Partnership of Lake Township and City of Bridgman) and the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country wine trail.