Three whites from Michigan make the wine list at NYC's Aquavit.
Earning a spot on the wine list at a top
The restaurant under consideration is the famed modern Scandinavian house Aquavit whose Sommelier, Sean Kirby, is a native of Saginaw, MI. Kirby recently visited his home state, and returned with a bottle of Riesling from Chateau Grand Traverse, one of the frontrunners in Michigan's transition to vinifera wine production in the 1970s. The decision was made at a blind tasting with other sommeliers. "When they concluded it was a German Spätlese, I knew I wasn't the only one who recognized its quality," claims Kirby.
Aquavit now offers three Michigan wines by the glass: Whole Cluster Riesling and Gamay Reserve from Grand Traverse, and Pinot Blanc from Left Foot Charley. Selling wines in New York City won't help the region's ailing auto industry, but it's certainly a coup for Wolverine State vintners, and a sign that there's a growing place on the upscale table for wines from emerging regions.