Welcome to the Le Tastevin Wine Club

Upcoming Events

The 2023-2024 season is officially in the books, and we now look forward to an enjoyable spring and summer. The schedule for the 2024-2025 season has been posted. Our traditional summer dinner is planned for July 10, 2024, tentatively at Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse in Birmingham, Michigan. Our next regular wine tasting is scheduled for September 11, 2024, where Dr. Bob will continue his onslaught of Burgundy wines. We are hoping that our meeting place at LTU will continue as before.

Past Tasting

Dr. Bob hosted a tasting of Burgundy. We tested the aging limits of some very good producer's wines from the mid- to late-1990s, and learned why 2004 was a very challenging year. Our wines were paired with three delicious cheeses.

Club and Website News

  • Im Memorandum: We are saddened of the news that our dear friend and supporting member Ken Cook has suddenly succumbed to illness. Publically this has been announced by Lawrence Tech, where Ken taught, in a short obituary. We are all profoundly saddened by our friend's passing. More will be announced at our next meeting.
  • Important! The winetasting scheduled for April 17 has been moved to April 10. Check in for further notice.
  • Very Important! If you have not paid club dues, please contact our treasurer Mike.
  • Current members (those who have paid their dues) have been issued new usernames and passwords. All old usernames and passwords no longer work. Contact the webmaster for more information or if you have problems loging in. Enable your browsers' javascript function for the membership page to properly display.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Other News

  • Great site on grape varieties from INRAE Centre in Montpellier
  • Jancis Robinson's website has a nice elucidation on the history of Zinfandel/Primativo/Crljenak Ka┼ítelanski.
  • Helen Czerski writes in the WSJ about molecular and physical properties affecting the ability of a knife - and wire - to effectively, or not, cut cheese. (Thank you Ron for sending me this article!)
  • 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
  • Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are investigating the use of grape waste (pomace) extractions for cosmetics, nutrition and food preservation.
  • Article on why a bottle of wine costs what is does
  • 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.

Page last edited: April 17, 2024 (EB)

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Our Wine Club

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.

Photo: © 2013 Ethan Bright

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