Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council http://michiganradio.org en Stateside: The great grape state http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-great-grape-state <p><a href="http://www.michiganwines.com/">Michigan</a> is the fourth-largest grape producing state.</p><p>This is good news for wine lovers.</p><p>According to the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, there are 101 commercial wineries producing more than 1.3 million gallons of wine annually.</p><p>Christopher Cook, Chief Restaurant Critic and Wine Writer for Hour Magazine, spoke with Zoe Clark about the state’s growing industry.</p><p>“When our auto industry was in so much trouble, the wine industry was beginning to boom. In the past decade it has come the distance and has now reached a point in quality and size where it is being recognized across the country,” said Cook. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:33:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10710 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: The great grape state A mild winter is chilling ice wine production in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/mild-winter-chilling-ice-wine-production-michigan <p>This year&rsquo;s mild winter weather is causing problems for the makers of<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_wine"> &lsquo;Ice Wines&rsquo;&nbsp;</a>in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Ice wine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes left on the vine to freeze. The very sweet wine is also very pricey. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_wine">Michigan</a> ice wines sell for as much&nbsp;<a href="http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/12/prweb9056612.htm">$90&nbsp;per bottle</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;But this winter, hard freezes have been few and far between.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Mark Johnson is the chief winemaker at the <a href="http://www.chateauchantal.com/">Chateau Chantal winery</a> near Traverse City. He said the mild weather has taken a toll on the grapes waiting for the ice wine harvest.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We always know there&rsquo;s going to be a loss,&quot; said Johnson, &quot;This year&hellip;from what we were hoping&hellip;would be a ton and a half&hellip;or about 3,000 pounds&hellip;we harvested about 1,500.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.michigan-vacation-destination.com/michigan-wineries.html">Other Michigan vintners</a> decided not to produce ice wines this season. That may mean the 2011 vintage Michigan ice wines will be harder to find this fall.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Ice wines comprise&nbsp;about 5 percent of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganwines.com/">wines produced in Michigan.</a> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:26:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 5676 at http://michiganradio.org A mild winter is chilling ice wine production in Michigan