Detroit Vineyards’ head wine maker and general manager Chris Southern draws from the best grapes from the state’s various wine growing regions to create the blends at the local winery. Here, we highlight some of the offerings that are worth a try.
A unique pick from Detroit Vineyards, the Raspberry Melomel ($30) is a fruity take on a classic mead. The sweet wine combines fresh-picked raspberries with honey sourced from the vineyards’ own apiary and is fermented to create a crisp, fruity mead. Enjoy it chilled on a warm summer day. Plus, you can buy Detroit Vineyards Pure Honey ($5+) online or at the winery.
2019 Detroit Vineyards Rose
The 2019 Detroit Vineyards Rose ($22) is a fruit-forward, 100 percent merlot, which has been fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks to produce this bone-dry wine. The newest addition to the Detroit Vineyards menu incorporates notes of citrus, hibiscus, and berries. It’s fitting for all occasions and sure to become a crowd favorite.
The Vineyards’ Sweet Red ($14) is a daring, medium- to heavy-bodied wine that features notes of black cherry and currant. It’s made from a blend of hand-selected Chambourcin, Marechal Foch, and Chancellor Noir grapes grown near the shores of Lake Michigan. Pair this affordable bottle with a charcuterie board loaded with cured meats and cheese, or with a chocolatey dessert.
One of the most popular wines at Detroit Vineyards, the Sweet White ($14) is a blend of Riesling, Seyval Blanc, and Vidal Blanc. Subtle tropical notes and a lightly sweet finish make this the perfect pairing for a refreshing summer salad.
2018 Woodward & Vine EMCEE
From Woodward & Vine, a line developed by Detroit Vineyards, the EMCEE ($30) is a blend of 60 percent Merlot grapes and 40 percent Cabernet Franc grapes. Aged more than a year in twice-filled French and Michigan oak barrels, the EMCEE is a dry, subtly sweet red with hints of eucalyptus and fruit.
Detroit Vineyards, 1000 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-784-9726; detroitvineyards.com
This story is featured in the August 2021 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more stories in our digital edition.