Hour Detroit’s Food and Wine Show is back this year, with plenty of Michigan wine on the menu. Vino from around the state will be available to taste at the culinary extravaganza Aug. 12–14 at Huntington Place in downtown Detroit.
Many wineries will be represented at the event as part of the Michigan Wine Collaborative, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the industry and helping it grow. The Collaborative is sponsoring an exhibit at the event to showcase its members’ wines.
Here’s a sampling of those Michigan wines to try at Hour Detroit’s Food and Wine Show:
Eastern Market’s very own Detroit Vineyards will be bringing three different wines to the Hour Detroit event: a 2020 Marsanne and a Cabernet Franc–Merlot blend, both under the Woodward and Vine label, and a 2020 Pinot Noir.
The Marsanne, fermented and aged in stainless steel, has notes of stone fruit, honey, and lime pith. The Pinot Noir has hints of bing cherry, while the red blend has hints of blueberry and dark cherry.
“I’m stoked to join my colleagues to celebrate the quality of Michigan wine right here in our hometown,” says Chris Southern, Detroit Vineyards’ winemaker and general manager.
Lake Michigan Vintners
The Benton Harbor winery, which partners with Lake Michigan College on an accredited wine and viticulture program, will also have three wines at the event.
“We are bringing an aromatic, crisp, and juicy 2021 Sauvignon Blanc; a fruity and wonderfully quaffable 2020 Blaufränkisch; and a well-structured and concentrated 2020 Cabernet Franc,” says Michael Moyer, director of wine and viticulture technology at Lake Michigan College.
Cogdal Vineyards and Little Man Winery
From South Haven, Cogdal Vineyards and the associated Little Man Winery will be bringing three different wines: a Merlot made with grapes from the Lake Michigan Shore American Viticultural Area; a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon; and an estate-grown Riesling.
“We are excited to be a part of this event and showcase our small-batch, handcrafted wines from our winery and vineyard near the shores of Lake Michigan,” say owners Jack and Deb Murdoch.
From the Old Mission Peninsula, Mari Vineyards will be bringing six unique wines to pour: a crisp, appley white blend; two different red blends; a juicy 2018 Riesling with notes of citrus and melon; a Ramato reminiscent of a fruity steeped tea; and a 2021 Gamay Noir with a black cherry aroma.
“We are looking forward to sharing our wines with attendees and educating folks on our estate-grown grapes — grown completely organically starting with the 2021 vintage,” says Bonnie Hardin, sales and marketing coordinator at Mari Vineyards.
Haslett-based Burgdorf’s Winery will have three wines to try at the event: a semisweet 2021 Traminette with natural spiciness, hints of fruit, and prominent floral aromas; an oak-aged 2019 Marquette reserve with notes of juniper and black raspberry on the finish; and a creamy 2020 Chardonnay reserve with notes of vanilla and toffee.
“Our winemaker is a microbiologist and produces excellent wines keeping the characteristics of the fruit represented in all our wines,” says owner David Burgdorf.
Attend the Event
Other Michigan Wine Collaborative member wineries and wine brands slated to have samples at the event include Amoritas Vineyards, Cherry Creek Cellars, Fenn Valley Vineyards, Soul Squeeze Cellars, Two K Farms, Lemon Creek Winery, and the Roché Collection.
Hour Detroit’s Food and Wine Show will also include food samples prepared by top chefs, cooking demonstrations, opportunities to try craft beer and spirits, live music, and more. Tickets are available to purchase on Eventbrite. VIP preview tickets for Friday, Aug. 12, cost $79. General admission tickets for Saturday, Aug. 13, or Sunday, Aug. 14, cost $49.