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Interview with Northern Michigan Winery's Forty-Five North's Jay Briggs

August 21, 2014

Northern Michigan wine runs through Jay Briggs' veins. Descended from grandparents who met when picking grapes in the Lake Michigan Shore district, Jay Briggs studied viticulture and oenology at Michigan State before coming North to intern at Black Star Farms, manage vineyards at Shady Lane and in 2013 take over as cellar master and winemaker at Forty-Five North. We catch Jay, cab franc cluster in hand, to talk about the grape's relevance to local wine culture and what to drink it with.