Two books every Michigan wine lover must have!

I was invited to a media event through the Leelanau Peninsula Vintner’s Association last weekend, which was a great chance to get to meet some of the winemakers. While I was there, I met the author of two books that celebrate Michigan wine!

Lorri Hathaway and Sharon Kegerreis’ most recent release is The History of Michigan Wines: 150 Years of Winemaking Along the Great Lakes.

From IndieBound:

Savor the taste of wines inspired by the Great Lakes as enthusiasts Lorri Hathaway and Sharon Kegerreis introduce passionate winemakers like Joseph Sterling, who ignited Michigan’s first viable wine region in the 1800s along Lake Erie. Discover how the Detroit River was used for bootlegging during Prohibition, how the raid on red wine in the Upper Peninsula generated national headlines and how Michigan became the first to repeal. Learn about the wineries that boosted production to make Michigan a leading wine producer through the 1960s, when the changing marketplace caused a slump in production and sales. Since then, new grape varietals have spurred resurgence in the industry, garnering Michigan worldwide attention for its locally influenced wines. Discover Michigan’s vibrant wine history, which is vital to the second most agriculturally diverse state and top tourism region becoming a premier agritourism destination.

Their second book, From the Vine: Exploring Michigan Wineries, takes you on a tour of the tasting rooms without leaving your chair!

If you just can’t get enough reading material about Michigan wine, you can  even check out the authors’ blog at .

Happy reading!

Today’s Trivia Question

Who is credited with being the first to plant a vineyard in 1863 in the Monroe region for the purpose of making wine? (click to see hint and to enter)

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2 thoughts on “Two books every Michigan wine lover must have!

  1. Good recommendations, have you read either of them? Do they give insight into the history so as to improve the tasting experience? What varietals have we experimented with in the past that we are no longer growing? How has the climate changed in the last 150 years and does that affect varietal selection? Boy I should really get a copy… Thanks!

  2. @Nicholas, I have not read them but am sending this question to the author that I met so hopefully she can explain. I really want to get them too!

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