The 2012 vintage in Michigan will be yet another in a string of excellent harvests. The 2010 was compromised in quantity, but quality made up for that; and 2011 was all-round terrific. Just think: Now we have a third vintage to toast. So far, vintners are in agreement that the wines may be softer because of lower acids caused by the dry heat, but ripeness, especially for the reds, may help make for that.
Picking started earlier than vintners can ever remember, and here in early October, only a few grapes are left on the vines to further mature. St. Julian winemaker Nancie Corum Oxley, who always works the harvest into November, commented on Facebook she was getting a day off to head back to Purdue Saturday for the Homecoming football game — for first time since she moved to Michigan