Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, meetings will be held in conditions guaranteeing social distancing and observance of safety protocols. The 2021-2022 season, scheduled to begin in September, is being tentatively delayed until January 2022. All club members are vaccinated, but we are still monitoring safety conditions for our members in order to determine whether meetings can resume. It looked good a few weeks ago, but the situation with new viral varients is quickly changing. Watch for emails from our club President and this website.
The tentative schedule for the 2021-2022 is posted (see below for the link). The next tasting, scheduled for September 15, 2021, has been cancelled until we can be back at the LT Alumni House at the usual time. It has not yet been determined whether there will be a cheese and bread offering.
The last four scheduled winetastings (November 11, 2020, January 6, 2021, March 10, 2021 and April 21, 2021) were cancelled out of an abundance of caution. Our last tasting occurred way back on October 14, 2020 at Dr. Bob's house, where Ron presented a wonderful assortment of Barbera that, among the excellent producers, exhibited their ability to age. Safety reasons dictated no cheese pairing for the evening; we look forward to a future date when Ken's magic will magically reappear.
Club and Website News
Important! Club meetings are held at the Lawrence Tech Alumni House (GPS coordinates: N 42.4740, W -83.2523), off of 10 Mile west of Lasher Rd, at 7:30 pm.
As of September 20, 2019, the webmaster has assigned new passwords to current members - these have been emailed to all current members. Your old password will no longer work.
The sortable and searchable tables for both wine tastings and cheese pairings have been updated, and made more useful when browsing with multiple devices, including smartphones and tablets.
The wine listings table now has over 700 entries.
Well written article decribes why the occurence of ice wines in Germany are being seriously impacted by climate change, whereas climate and geography favor Ontario, Canada.
The excessive heat and fires effecting Australia's spring and early summer - due to the Indian Ocean dipole as well as effects of climate change and landscape alteration - are beginning to hit hard a number of wine producers. Wine Spectator has an article with some more details.
A number of articles are predicting a rise in wine prices in response to 2017 extreme weather events, particularly in Europe
Famous Paso Robles wine producer facing backlash for tree-clearing practices
The historic drought affecting the American west, California in particular, is now resulting in wildfires that are threatening many of California's famous wine-producing regions. Recently, the storms barrelling through California may promise relief.
Peer reviewed article in PNAS on a modeled impact of climate change on ecosystems and wine production: Hannah et al. (2013) write "...on a global scale, the impacts of climate change on viticultural suitability are substantial, leading to possible conservation conflicts in land use and freshwater ecosystems. Area suitable for viticulture decreases 25% to 73% in major wine producing regions by 2050 in the higher RCP [model] 8.5 concentration pathway and 19% to 62% in the lower RCP 4.5. Climate change may cause establishment of vineyards at higher elevations that will increase impacts on upland ecosystems and may lead to conversion of natural vegetation as production shifts to higher latitudes in areas such as western North America." Telling is Figure 1 with the impacts graphically illustrated on maps. Most important has to due with current vs. future land use and ecosystem management. The authors note: "Freshwater habitats may be particularly at risk where climate change undermines growing conditions for already established vineyards." Given the fact that many (if not most) freshwater habitats (springs, stream and rivers, wetlands and lakes) and surrounding supportive watersheds are over-stressed due to changing precipitation patterns and increasing human water diversion, both from surface and groundwater sources, and increasing landscape modification, this may be a increasingly important environmental and political issue that stakeholders and policymakers are probably ill prepared to handle.
International Variety Catologue (Vitis) is an on-line resource documenting grape genetic resources, facilitating the exchange of material and an information source for breeders, researchers, and wine growers. Want to know the country of origin of a variety pedigree? The ancestral information breeder name and/or location of the breeding institute holding institution? The area planted with the variety in grape growing country? This and more information is included in this site.
Le Tastevin Wine Club is Michigan's most prestiguous - and best - wine tasting club. Established by Graham Jackson in 1970, members enjoy tasting wines from all around the world. Our cellars have wines that span vintages of over 40 years. Le Tastevin offers our members outstanding wines and cheeses in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Membership is very limited, and is granted by invitation only.