“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
~ Ernest Hemingway
It’s a bitterly cold, grey February evening and I’ve had a rather long day. My sweet tooth is aching, so a beer or whiskey just won’t do the trick. I stop by the grocer and make straight for the Michigan wines.
I reach immediately for Chateau Grand Traverse’s Late Harvest Riesling, normally $14.98 but currently on sale for $11 a bottle. I love wine. I especially love local wines. Since I discovered this wine in 2012, it has been my absolute favorite and I enjoy a bottle whenever my wife and I treat ourselves to a fancy home-made dinner.
As the term signifies, late harvest wines are fermented from grapes left on the vine several months after normal picking. The added time on the vine provides for a sweeter wine while also allowing the grapes to maintain their acidity. This exceptional wine has a sweet finish that is not cloying. It presents crisp pear flavors and is as good as any German Riesling I’ve ever tasted.
My wife prefers dryer wines, so I pick up a bottle of her favorite red blend (not locally produced). I have to admit that with most wines, and especially this wine, once the bottle is opened it is quickly consumed. Sprawling out on the couch, remote in one hand and a wine glass in the other, I finish this bottle during the first 30 minutes of Top Chef.