As you enjoy summer take the time to toast a long sunset with one of the best wines produced in Michigan.

Michigan's top wines have been sampled by the experts and narrowed down to eight award-winning Michigan wines.

29 wine experts from around the country gathered in East Lansing last month for the 40th Annual Michigan Wine Competition.

58 of Michigan's 130 wineries entered 380 wines in the competition. The wines entered were all produced from Michigan grapes or other Michigan fruit. Almost half of the wines featured fruit harvested in 2016. The 2016 season in Michigan is viewed as especially good for dry-white vinifera wines.

I'm not much of a wine drinker and not sure about vinifera wines, but I'll take the experts' word for it and do my civic duty by supporting our wineries and trying the best they have to offer.

Michigan's Best of Class Winners:

  • Sparkling: L. Mawby Grace
  • Dry White: Verterra Winery 2016 Dry Riesling
  • Dry Red: Walloon Lake Winery North Arm Noir
  • Semi-dry White: Tabor Hill Winery 2016 Gewurztraminer
  • Semi-dry Red: Lemon Creek Winery Pheasant Run Red
  • Dessert: St. Julian Wine Company Solera Cream Sherry
  • Fruit: Mackinaw Trail Winery Blueberry
  • Rosé: Chateau Fontaine 2016 Laughing Waters Dry Rosé