As the summer begins to heat up we all need to remember to stay hydrated. Perhaps the best way to do that is to enjoy some locally made wine and cider! Michigan Wine & Cider Festival brought the heat with over 40 Michigan wineries and cider mills. We attended the fest last week and we’re here to tell you IT’S AWESOME and here are three reasons why:
1. DRINKS: When you walk in you get a new engraved stemless wine glass with 15 drink tickets (!!!). There was a good-sized crowd all night but it was still super quick and easy to get drinks with so many different stands to visit.
2. THE WINE MAKERS: One of my favorite aspects of this fest was having the vintners from each winery serving up wine and providing first hand deets on those they grew and processed themselves! Super interesting stuff! We learned that Michigan has long been known as a Riesling producing state but lately more and more varietals are becoming popular. Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir were there out in full force and honestly they are just as good as their counterparts from California and Italy (or so we thought after 5 samples). Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the U.S. next to California, and we think it’s about time we give credit where it is due!
3. CIDER: Who knew cider was so good? Sure, we’ve all tried an Angry Orchard at least once in our lives. Some people love them but others cannot stand to drink something so sweet. Well this festival helped us open our eyes to how great Michigan-made cider is. First, we stopped by Uncle John’s Hard Cider to try the Apple-Blueberry and the Apple-Apricot cider. These babies showed us a glimpse of how good ciders really can be. Next stop was Farmhaus Cider Co. to see if all this cider hype was just a fluke or if we could continue drinking them all night long. And oh my god does Farmhaus know what they are doing when it comes to cider!!! They have several varieties, but our fave was the cinnamon and maple flavored cider rightfully named, “Brunch.” Runner up goes to “Crushable” which means exactly what you think it does; cucumber and apple flavors mingling harmoniously with a smooth and refreshing aftertaste. We KNOW this would be a great mixer for those who prefer their alcohol with alcohol! Mix this stuff with some gin and sit on your back porch, perfect summer evening made!
With all the delicious fruits that can be grown in Michigan and having more than 11.3 million apple trees in commercial apple production, we need to do our part in putting all those delicious fruits to good use! Now that you know what’s up there is no excuse not to see you all there next year!
Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit