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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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A VIEW ON VARIETALS
Michigan has cool-climate whites. Why not cool-climate whites? Wine guru Ric Cerrini has some evidence now of a shift in the approach to the red wines. Both Left Foot Charley and Shady Lane have seen success in fuller red wines utilizing the Austrian alpine Blaufränkish grape. Also some test plantings of Austria’s other primary red varietal — Zweigelt. Cool-climate reds could soon be very hot.
DITCH THOSE HEAVY BOTTLES
Today’s wineries want their packaging to exude quality—and there’s nothing that says quality like a heavy bottle. Ironically, many of the wineries embracing this trend are the same ones that tout their use of sustainable farming and business practices. It’s time to stop the madness. As long as consumers continue to buy wines in those five-pound bottles without uttering a word of complaint, vintners will keep right on using them.
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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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