2013 grape harvest looking good!

The Detroit News reports:

A cooler-than-usual summer and more moisture will produce flavorful and crisp Rieslings and Chardonnays, two of the varieties for which Michigan is best known. A few more weeks on the vine and red wine grapes will turn out as well, vintners predict.

“It was a classic northern Michigan year; most of the wines are going to be butt-kicking good,” said Chris Baldyga, co-owner and general manager of 2 Lads Winery near Traverse City. “An average year with the weather we get still makes great wine.”

[pullquote]There’s an awful lot of enthusiasm. This is the time of the year we really feel most alive.
~Lee Lutes, Black Star Farms[/pullquote]…At Willow Vineyards near Traverse City, John Crampton said his grapes are about two weeks behind last year’s schedule, but that’s not a bad thing.

“We’re anticipating a pretty good year,” he said of his 8-acre winery. “Things just got to an earlier start (last year).”

Lee Lutes, head winemaker and general manager of Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, said his red wine grapes will hang on the vine for another few weeks, but wine from his white grapes should be very fruity and crisp this year.

“We’re feeling pretty good about where we are,” he said.

I’m not familiar with the term “butt-kicking good” but that sounds like good news for the 2013 vintage to me!