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Celebrating the Life of Stan Howell
Dr. G. Stanley Howell, Jr. was born in Bubba Gump Shrimp territory in Semmes (pronounced sims), Alabama, and his voice asserts its Southern roots with a soft-spoken, reassuring twang.
A well-respected veteran of the Michigan wine scene (let’s be honest, he helped create the Michigan wine scene), Howell once traveled the globe as an expert in cool-climate viticulture...
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It’s not a well-known grape. It’s been around since 1967. It grows well in Michigan, and if blended with other red grapes can significantly enhance the final product.
According to Wikipedia, Regent (pronounced ray-gaunt) “is a dark-skinned inter-specific hybrid grape variety...which has both European (vitis vinifera) and American vine species in its pedigree and a broad resistance against the most significant fungal diseases which affect grapes, such as downy mildew.”
It is also cold hardy.
THE MICHIGAN MIX
When shopping for wine, location is everything according to Emily Dockery, project and marketing director for the Michigan Wine Collaborative. And when she says location, she means on the wine store shelf. Gone are the days of shopping by geography or your favorite brand. By mixing Michigan wines with California wines and wines from other diverse geographic locations, she found that customers were willing to experiment.
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Jim is editor of the award-winning American Wine Society Journal and former co-owner of Boskydel Vineyard in Lake Leelanau, Mich. He also freelances as an editor, writer and designer for other publications nationwide.
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