This is part 1 of a 2 part video report from the Grand Rapids International Food & Wine Festival held November 12-14th.
From my perspective, the show was a huge success. We had a blast tasting not only Michigan wines, but comparing them to their worldwide counterparts. I am happy to say that the local wine held up very well. I was particularly blown away by the number of young people at the show. This really excites me, as I am a huge advocate of getting the 21-30 something crowd more involved with wine.
I was really impressed that at every Michigan booth, there was representation from the winery -- most of the time it was the actual owner or winemaker. At the non-local booths, the distributor or winery reps were absent. They left it up to a volunteer from the show to talk about their wines. At first, it struck me as odd, but then I realized that most of the reps were probably in the Michigan section, tasting some great wine!