New Year, New Vintage
This past year has been gratifyingly fruitful for the Michigan Wine Collaborative. In 2017 MWC helped to establish the Great Lakes Sustainable Wine Alliance which is aiding the industry in creating standards for Michigan vineyards and producers to become more eco-friendly in sustainable ways. We were also honored to host the Detroit Association of Business Economist’s final stakeholder meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. This event focused on the amazing growth we have seen in the Michigan wine industry and also resulted in some new memberships. Another notable catalyst for achievement of 2017 was Tom Petzold of Ten Hands Vineyards and Tom Smith of MSU spearheading Michigan’s apprenticeship program. These paid, comprehensive training contracts are work-focused but augmented by course work, instead of vice-versa, to enforce hands-on experiencebeforeapprentices enter or re-enter the formal workforce. In addition to those accolades we saw an increase in number of award winning Michigan wines and wineries, hired a project and marketing director to help us further reach our goals, and collaborated with so many of our colleagues and members within the industry on projects in the works and on the docket for 2018. And we would not have been able to do any of it without our members. So thank you for making this past year an excellent vintage for the Michigan wine industry…let’s do it again in 2018. Happy New Year!
Catching up with Lake Michigan College Enology & Viticulture Alumni
The next generation of winemakers, viticulturists, and wine industry professionals are being cultivated at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI. Students in this program enjoy the opportunity of receiving a well rounded education that touches on nearly every aspect of the wine industry. One of the most exciting and valuable projects the students interact with are small trials of experimental varieties in Michigan. The results of these trials could greatly influence the future of the Michigan wine industry as a whole. Mike Moyer is the director of the program at LMC. He has extensive experience in enology and viticulture from California to Oregon to Washington and envisions a bright future for the Michigan wine industry. The hope for this program is that it will work as a catalyst to provide the industry with a steady stream knowledgeable and trained prospects. Moyer had this to say in reference to the program and the desired effects on the industry,
“The Wine and Viticulture program at Lake Michigan College is currently in its third year, and already has graduates and current students taking positions in the Michigan wine industry and beyond. The program’s emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning from the vineyard to the tasting room prepares students for a successful career in the wine business. Our mission is to contribute positively to the growth and success of the Michigan wine industry.”
- Do you have an event, news, or accolade you would like published through MWC? To submit material E-mail Emily at WineNotAsk@Gmail.com
- Are you involved in any of MWC’s valuable and dynamic committees? We are looking for motivated and industrious members to help our committees thrive. For more information on available committee seats email Emily at WineNotAsk@gmail.com
- The 2018 Michigan Grape & Wine Conference is in Kalamazoo, MI from Feb. 28- March 2. Early registration ends January 31. MWC members receive $20 off of their registration fees with an exclusive promo code that will be sent out to renewed members. Contact us if you would like the code before the e-mails go out.
- The annual Michigan Wine Collaborative meeting will take place at the Michigan Grape & Wine Conference on Thursday March 1st from 4:30-5:30. Join us for an update on our activities from 2017 and goals for 2018.
- Have you renewed your membership to MWC yet? The membership renewal deadline was on December 31. We have extended this so you still have an opportunity to renew and stay up to date with MWC happenings. Email WineNotAsk@Gmail.com if you need assistance in renewing.
- Communications committee meeting is scheduled for Monday January 8th at 10 am. Any inquiries may be directed to committee chair Brian Lesperance.
- Sustainability committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday February 1st at 2 pm. Any inquiries may be directed to committee chair Matt Moersch
Reminder that board meetings take place bi-monthly. All members (voting and non-voting) are welcomed to attend. In addition, time is allotted for public comments or questions. The next board meeting is scheduled forJanuary 9 at 10 am. For call-in information e-mail Emily: WineNotAsk@Gmail.com
For more news and information, please visit us atwww.michiganwinecollaborative.com. As always, please like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @michiganwinecollaborative, and on Twitter @MIWineCollab. We look forward to seeing you online!
Dave Miller, President