I was invited this week to the 2009 Michigan Wine and Spirit Competition to judge Michigan wines along with some 30 other judges. I have tasted a great diversity of wines and several great wines. The whites were good but the reds were surprisingly excellent. For me it was also the opportunity to taste some amazing cherry wines (the Longview Winery Reserve Cherry wine was amazing) as well as some hybrid wines I am not used to try. The wines of the day for me were the Left foot Charlie Pinot Blanc, and most reds from Brys Estates though the Merlot 2007 was especially nice. On the Riesling side, some great semi -dry Riesling (45 North Vineyard 2008 Semi Dry, Chateau Grand Traverse 2008 Semi-Dry, Bel Lago Semi Dry). The Dry and Ice Wine were OK, but not stellar. Overall inspiring wines, great job Michigan!