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Michigan wines getting better with age

WKAR/Kevin Lavery

As the farmed cherry harvest in Michigan is finishing up, viticulturists are preparing to collect grapes in a couple of weeks. Michigan’s wine industry is in a state of steady growth.  Michigan has more than 100 wineries and most are concentrated in the Traverse City and Leelanau Peninsula region.

This week, a team of judges came to East Lansing to cast their votes in the 37th annual Michigan Wine Competition. The judges came to Michigan State University on Tuesday to evaluate the state’s best wines. The medal ceremony will be held at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University next Thursday.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery speaks with Linda Jones, the executive director of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council. She says the Michigan wine industry has seen huge changes in the last 30 years and is getting more recognition from established wineries.

Kevin Lavery served as a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered before retiring in 2023.
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