Get a recap on the 2021 Judgement of Michigan, Meet Kate with Michigan Wine Country, Become a MWC Mentor, Attend the MGS Grower Social. Read a message from MWC President, Dave Miller and more!
The 2021 Judgement of Michigan
On August 3, 2021 the Michigan Wine Collaborative (LMC) and Lake Michigan College hosted the first ever Judgement of Michigan. This event brought together 21 judges from around the state and country to evaluate over 350 Michigan wines.
As a result, this evaluation awarded the following medal count:
8 Double Gold
In addition, MWC will be planning showcase events with the most highly-rated wines from the Judgement of Michigan for consumers and trade to experience and to further promote Michigan wine. MWC is also formatting highest rated wines into sell sheets to distribute to on and off premise wine sellers.
Big thanks and cheers to all the participating wineries, judges, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters. We are already looking forward to Judgement 2022!
LMC and MWC is working on scanning all of the judges’ feedback to distribute to wineries who are interested. If you would like your judging notes please email us HERE!
Thank You to Our Judgement of Michigan Sponsors and Partners!
Meet New Editor of Michigan Wine Country, Kate Walsh!
Michigan-native Kate Walsh joined Hour Media as managing editor of custom publishing in July 2021. For the past 25+ years, Kate has been living and working in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Her most recent position was editor-in-chief of Hudson Valley magazine and The Valley Table magazine, where she wrote and assigned many articles about the food and craft beverage scenes in the region. Kate has also worked for Murchoch Magazines, Primedia, and Bauer Publishing. The Albion College alum is excited to be back in her home state to cover the Michigan wine scene for Michigan Wine Country, and to work on a variety of other custom publications for Hour Media.
The Michigan Wine Collaborative’s Inclusion & Expansion Committee is working to provide representation and advocacy for historically excluded people in the Michigan wine industry in order to increase inclusion and expansion in our industry. As such, we are working to create and maintain a sustainable recruitment pipeline to the Michigan wine industry. To strengthen the knowledge and experience of these Michigan wine industry candidates, MWC will work to maintain an efficient mentorship program by utilizing members of the Collaborative.
Join us on August 26th at Michigan State’s Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center for our August Grower’s Social.
This is a great time to meet up with your fellow growers right before harvest to learn about and discuss the latest in vineyard technology.
Tickets are just $15 with food and wine included!
It has been a busy summer so far. People are enjoying life after a very difficult 2020. The weather has cooperated and we are happy to be back to something close to the “normal” we know and love.
Social Districts are growing in number and performing well. Wine sales are strong from tasting rooms and other licensee’s who can participate in selling alcoholic beverages to the public. It is a great opportunity to share our fine wines with visitors to the region. We hope the Social Districts remain long after COVID.
The first Judgement of Michigan wine evaluation is now in the history books and by all accounts it was a great success! Many of us in the wine industry were able to meet influential wine buyers, bloggers and other wine experts from our region who judged the wines and will now help spread the word about our world class vintages. There will be at least one Michigan Showcase event during the winter to show off the top wines from the event and spread the word about Michigan wines in Michigan. It’s a new approach to Michigan wine evaluation and new direction in educating consumers about our region and our wines. A huge Thank You to everyone who participated!
Summer vineyard work is mostly done with hedging and leaf pulling operations now complete. The vines look great and so far, it looks like some fine wines in the making. Now we need to keep the vine leaves and grape bunches healthy while the vines turn sunlight into wine!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Michigan Wine in the News
Check out notable mentions in the media featuring Michigan Wine Collaborative members and promoting the Michigan Wine Industry