Traverse City, Michigan
If you think Lake Effect snow is bad, just try Lake Effect wine. JK! It's actually quite nice. Located on the same parallel as more famous wine regions like Burgundy and Bordeaux, Michigan ranks 13th in US wine production and bottles around 1.4 million gallons a year across 100 wineries.
Ironically, wine making in Michigan grew out of the grape juice biz, and a lot of the state's vineyards were originally planted by Welch's Grape Juice Company. Not surprisingly, fruit wines were a speciality for years but now vintners are focusing more on Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir.
Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist's über-efficient German associate travel editor and, from personal experience, doesn't recommend wine tours via bicycle. Follow her @Sohostyle