Enter your wines in the 2021 Judgement of Michigan, Collaborate with Michigan Wine Country, Spread the word about free tuition at LMC, Learn about the Northwest Michigan Health Services, Read a message from MWC President, Dave Miller and more!
Last Chance to Enter the Judgement of Michigan
MWC and Lake MI College will be hosting a wine evaluation and media event on August 3rd featuring national wine writers and local wine buyers offering opportunities on their wine lists for MI wine. This evaluation, the Judgement of Michigan, will include benefits tailored for large wineries looking to increase their product placements and for small wineries looking to increase tasting room traffic, and everyone in between.
Please reach out to us HERE with any questions about entering wine or this event in general.
All wine entries must arrive to Lake Michigan College by July 15th!
Free Tuition for Wine Technology at Lake Michigan College
As you know, Lake Michigan College offers an Associate Degree in Wine & Viticulture Technology. Now, Lake Michigan College is offering free tuition! This means that for all next year, students interested in furthering their education in winemaking, fermentation science, vineyard management, quality control, marketing, and hospitality can do so very affordably.
Lake Michigan College is offering free tuition to students for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The plan covers full tuition and fees up to 30 credit hours for students who enroll in the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
The offer is open to new and returning, degree-seeking students who are Michigan residents and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Priority will be given to those who complete the application process by Aug. 16.
There are Five medical clinics in the NW Michigan dedicated specifically to providing medical care to our migrant agricultural worker community? Not only is this most valuable news, it is vital that our wine industry share this information to ensure that our workers get the best possible care they need. The Northwest Michigan Health Services Inc (NMHSI) was initiated in 1968 to provide such services to our migrant workers (and families), funded by the Federal Govt. Since then, the services were expanded to non-migrant communities and funding sourced from a broader base – including the State of Michigan and “pay-as-you-go”. There are now five clinics ranging from Shelby, MI along Lake Michigan up to Traverse City, with Ludington, Manistee and Benzonia clinics in between.
These health care workers, and required resources, exist to ensure health care is available to underserved communities, including our own farm workers. I recently visited the Traverse City clinic, meeting with CEO Heidi Britton and Dir of Community Health, Tammy Sorensen.
Click the button below to learn some key facts about the program from our Research & Education Chair, Tom Petzold.
Michigan Wine Country has been updating its website. If you have a great picture to share for possible use on its home page revolving photo window, please send it. They’ve also just updated wedding content; if you are doing weddings and aren’t included there, they welcome receiving information from you.
Also, take a look at your winery listing and feel free to send updates if you have them to [email protected].
Submit Your Custom Crush Info
MWC has been receiving increasingly more requests regarding custom crush and bulk juice offerings. Please help us to create a database to promote by submitting your information below.
Greetings! It’s summer vacation season and people are out enjoying themselves. Michigan has so much to offer, including wine of course! Tasting rooms are bustling and there are new “Social Districts” popping up in many towns which allow consumption of alcoholic beverages outdoors. This allows for increased sales at urban tasting rooms and bars and restaurants, many of which carry Michigan wines.
The vines are through bloom and fruit set and there appears to be a very good crop statewide. While there was some frost damage during May, most appears to be very localized and variety – specific. The dry summer turned into a wet summer recently but it appears that we will be back to more “normal” conditions at least for the next couple of weeks. Growers are getting through canopy management and crop adjustment to prepare the vines to ripen an awesome vintage!
Wines entries for The Judgement of Michigan wine judging, August 3rd at Lake Michigan College are coming in. If you have not entered wines yet please do so soon. July 15th is the deadline for wine receipts at LMC. We are receiving excellent support from sponsors and wineries. Check out the MWC website for more information about the Judgement and our Nerd and Nosh event at Tabor Hill. Help us spread the word. Enter your wines in the Judgement, have them evaluated and shared.
Michigan Wine in the News
Check out notable mentions in the media featuring Michigan Wine Collaborative members and promoting the Michigan Wine Industry