6/24/2010

A Sweet Treat from Michigan


Hello Friends,

I recently hosted a Pinot Noir tasting that ended in one of my wine pals bringing a sweet treat from Michigan for us to enjoy. Like Virginia, Michigan belongs to a special group called the “other 46.” These are the other 46 states that are not California, Oregon, Washington, and New York. For clarification, this is nothing against those four states; I very much respect what they are doing and enjoy wines from those regions often. It’s just that the other 46 states tend to fall under the radar of major wine publications and wine consumers. However, for those who have swirled, sniffed, and sipped serious efforts from Virginia, Texas, Maryland, North Carolina, etc, you know these areas are capable of producing high-quality wines. Local wine blogs, in combination with social media, are essential in getting the word out about the high-quality wines coming out of the other 46 states. One of the top local wine blogs doing this for Michigan is Michigan by the Bottle. I highly recommend book-marking this blog and learning more about the wines of Michigan.

Free Run Cellars Indulgence 2007


The wine we uncorked, from the Lake Michigan Shore AVA, is the Free Run Cellars Indulgence 2007. In the glass, the wine displays a pale, medium-yellow color. The swirl and sniff boasts pleasant floral and sweet, fleshy stone-fruit aromas. On the sip, the Free Run Cellar’s Indulgence is semi-sweet, but balanced with good acidity, and offers apricot and soft citrus touches with a medium-sweet finish. The wine label does not indicate the grape variety or varieties used in making the wine, but if I had to guess, I would say Gewürztraminer and maybe some Vidal Blanc. This crowd-pleaser clocks in at 13.0% alcohol by volume and was around $18 for a 375ml bottle. Try this wine with cheesecake or one of my favorites, carrot cake, or enjoy it on its own. This was my introduction to Michigan wine, and in the future, I hope to try a Michigan grown Riesling, Cabernet Franc or Ice Wine, all of which I have heard positive things about. Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned friends ...More to come!

Info:Free Run Cellars,10062 Burgoyne Rd,Berrien Springs, MI 49103
Tel (269) 471-1737

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