Thursday, March 26, 2009
Taste Michigan wines galore
"The quality of Michigan wines has changed dramatically the last five to eight years," says Champane, who has a huge Michigan section, five-shelves deep, in his store. He says Rieslings, especially late-harvest, are the hot sellers along with fruit wines, followed by the usual European varietals.
Champane especially loves Charlie Psenkova's meads at Sleeping Bear Trading Co. in Glen Arbor, including his cherry-flavored mead, which is crafted by Shawn Walters, winemaker at Michigan's Forty-Five North, who also made a peach-apricot blend for him. "His meads are to die for," Champane says."