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October 7, 2007

Great Grapes: Harvest should yield fine wine

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Across West Bay on the Leelanau Peninsula, winemakers reported similar results.

"The fruit quality is superlative: really ripe fruit, with good acid and sugar content," said Bruce Simpson of Good Harbor Vineyards & Winery near Leland. "I think we should have some nice, balanced wines this year."

White wine varieties made with Riesling grapes that thrive in northern Michigan's summers remain the most-popular with consumers, said Ron White who owns the Blue Goat wine shop in Traverse City.

"They buy it again and again. Not just the locals, but the tourists, too," said White, who expects more top-shelf products from this year's harvest. "It should be great wine once they get it in the bottle."

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