In a place known for its brutal winters, it's no surprise that Michigan produces exquisite ice wines.
These "nectar of the gods" dessert wines are created from grapes harvested and pressed while frozen, leaving behind a mere drop of juice that's brimming with concentrated sugar.
"Ice wine and winter have a special relationship," says Jay Briggs, winemaker at Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery, located in northwestern Michigan. "When the snow is deep and life slows down, it seems fitting to sit back and enjoy a small glass of sweet nectar."
Learn more about ice wine from Brian Lesperance of Fenn Valley, Lee Lutes of Black Star Farms and Jay Briggs of Forty-Five North in Cort's debut article for Wine Tourist Magazine!