Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Larry Mawby...by the book

Rick Coates - March 2nd, 2006
Leelanau Peninsula winemaker and grape-grower Larry Mawby just wanted to see if grapes would grow on his property when he first planted vines 33 years ago. A lot has changed since he opened his tasting room in 1978 and planted those initial vines in 1973. Mawby is now one of 15 wineries on the Leelanau Peninsula that is producing world class, award-winning wines of distinction that have helped to make Northern Michigan one of the hottest wine destinations in the country.
About 10 years ago Mawby began focusing on sparkling wines. Success came quickly and today Mawby produces exclusively sparkling wines (this spring he will release a Vignoles that won’t be a sparkler).
A few years ago Time Magazine singled his operation as one of five wineries to keep an eye on in the country. Major wine critics such as London-based Tom Stevenson have been singing Mawby’s praises in recent years. For the past two years Stevenson, one of the world’s leading authorities on wine, has featured Mawby in the introduction of his book, “Wine Report.” The coveted annual guide covers the world of wine and every major region, and for him to write extensively about Mawby two years in a row says something about the quality of Mawby’s wines and how they stack up against the world’s best.
But a humble Mawby says these sorts of praises are really reflective of the region as a whole.
“I think whether it is my winery or any other winery being singled out, it speaks volumes of what we are capable of in our region,” said Mawby. “Each time any of us wins a major award and or are praised by major critics, it tells the world that there are great wines being made outside of California and France.”

Author and wine expert Professor Paul Lukacs agrees with Mawby. Luckacs recently published a book, “The Great Wines of America: The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards and Vintages,” in which Mawby was featured.
“I could have easily selected 40 wines and wineries from California,” said Luckacs. “I wanted this book to give the reader a basic understanding that good wines are being made all over.”
Mawby and Lukacs will be traveling the Midwest together to do a series of wine dinners to promote the book and Mawby’s sparkler Talismon that is featured in a 10-page chapter on Mawby. Northern Michigan residents will get a chance to meet both and taste wines from the book at the Parallel 45 dinner at Trattoria Stella, Monday, March 6.
“Out of all of the dinners planned Stella by far has gone to the greatest efforts to bring in some unique wines that are featured in the book,” said Mawby. “The dinner will offer the opportunity to try three Oregon wines that are normally not available here, including one wine that is no longer even for sale. Also, the evening will feature a Riesling from New York giving us an opportunity to compare, since we are a region known for our Rieslings, as they are.”

Mawby sees Northern Michigan as being a lot like California was 40 years ago.
“In the 1960s the mindset was that great wine could only be made in France, Germany and Italy. Then California starting going to competitions and beating their European competitors, and by the end of the 1970s they were a major wine region,” said Mawby. “Well, during the 1980s and 1990s Washington and Oregon emerged and the general consensus of the wine consumer was that the west coast of America was the only area capable of producing great wines within the country. I think in recent years we and other places such as New York and Virginia have proven that we are equally capable of producing great wines.”
In his book Lukacs selected 29 wines from California and only five wineries east of the Mississippi; the rest of the 40 were from Oregon and Washington. Lukacs believes that ratio reflects the current state of American made wine. He has studied the industry thoroughly and a few years ago wrote the best selling “American Vintage: The Rise of American Wine” (just released in paperback).
“When I developed the template for this book I wanted to paint a picture of the landscape of American wine,” said Lukacs. “I visited 75 wineries that were brought to my attention by others or through my own research. My criteria was that these 40 wineries to make it in the book had to be more than one hit wonders; they had to have proved themselves over a 10 year period of time.”

So how did Mawby make the initial list?
“The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail sponsored a visit by my wife (Marguerite Thomas, a wine writer for ‘The Wine News’ and several other publications) four years ago and she came back raving about Mawby’s wines,” said Lukacs. “I trust my wife, so I went out myself and visited Larry. Equally important to the decision process was the 40 vintners themselves and their stories. I think Larry’s story is fascinating and indicative of these new wine regions that are emerging around the country.”
Mawby has become somewhat of a celebrity, reaching rock star type status in wine circles around the world. His wines are being sold all over including in Sweden and Norway. Of course it helps that he has done something no one before him has been able to accomplish: Bottling SEX. Many have tried but only Mawby has succeeded. To obtain SEX in the bottle or to learn more about Larry Mawby and his wines visit www.lmawby.com. To make a reservation for the Parallel 45 Dinner on March 6 at Stella, call them at (231)929-8989. Mawby and Lukacs will be on hand to sign books, answer questions and yes, Larry will gladly share suggestions on how best to enjoy SEX.
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