Ahead of the legendary gridiron clash, wine lovers in Ohio assembled to determine whose wines would triumph in a head-to-head clash.Ten wines, five of the best from each state, were matched in head-to-head competition.
The State of Michigan reigned supreme in 2010 with a score of 3.5 - 1.5. The winners, by flight :
1. Sparkling : Black Star Farms Sparkling Wine 2008 (Leelanau Peninsula, MI) (Michigan 1 - 0)
2. White : Left Foot Charley Dry Riesling 2009 (Old Mission Peninsula, MI) (Michigan 2-0)
3. White: Ferrante Signature Series Pinot Grigio 2009 (Grand River Valley, OH) (Michigan 2 - 1)
4. Red : Bower's Harbor Erica Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2007 (Old Mission Peninsula, MI) (Michigan 3 - 1)
5. Red : (tie) Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Ohio River Valley, OH) / Shady Lane Cellars Blue Franc (Leelanau Peninsula, MI )
(Michigan 3.5 - 1.5)
The real winners are the consumers of Michigan and Ohio who have an array of quality local wines to enjoy. “The selection process was very hard and rigorous this year with so many quality wines from both states,” said organizer Andrew Hall, “Any of the entrants would be welcome on my table.”
Both Ohio and Michigan share a century-old tradition of viticulture which was wrecked by Prohibition but has re-emerged in recent times. From the Ohio River Valley to the upper shores of Lake Michigan, growers and winemakers are working hard to create unique and quality wines. This event was created in 2008 to showcase these local efforts and in the context of our storied local football rivalry. This is the only purely consumer-selected judging of wines in either state and is limited to wines from grapes grown in their respective state.
“There were a lot of good wines from both states,” commented one of the judges, “and I hope that people will give them a chance. Restaurants and consumers are starting to care a lot about local produce and wines should follow.” Another commented that it was a treat to taste the wines as neither state's distribution system currently offers consumers any wines from the other state.