‘2020 Was Social Distancing; 2021 Will Be Hugs’

Jim Tresize, president of WineAmerica, included this Thanksgiving message of gratitude in his recent newsletter. Except for the wildfires and hurricanes, it's as applicable here in Michigan as anywhere else. In case you didn't...

Igloos (With Restrictions), Tents With One Wall Are In for Outdoor Service at Michigan...

The state of Michigan has released guidance clarifying the options that Michigan wineries, like restaurants and bars, have for outdoor structures to provide service during the three-week "Pause to Save Lives" that took effect...

It’s Spring All Over Again for Michigan Wineries

A collective sigh of relief arose from Michigan’s wine industry when the state lifted a pandemic shelter-in-place order in early June that had shuttered them for all but curbside and online sales — just in time for summer business to pick up. They’ve been operating at reduced capacity since, and with stringent safety measures including mask-wearing, revised tasting protocols, enhanced sanitizing, expanded outdoor seating areas and other preventive steps.

Documenting an Industry

Marvin Shaouni has been fascinated with wine since he worked in a high-end restaurant in the late 1990s. It was then that the Detroit-based editorial and commercial photographer got to know master sommelier Madeline Triffon.

Round Barn Rolls Out Winter Village, New Membership Program

Winter has arrived at Round Barn Estate in Baroda. Earlier this month, the winery opened its first-ever “Winter Village,” complete with heated igloos, firepits, walking trails and seasonal beverages.

Lazy Ballerina Gives Back

Patrons of Lazy Ballerina Winery in Southwest Michigan can enjoy a bottle of red or white wine while helping the local humane society. Through November and potentially beyond, the winery is donating $5 from every bottle sold of its Humane Red (semidry, $20) and Humane White (dry, $20) to the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan, the only no-kill animal shelter in Berrien Country.

Out of the Grocery Store and into the Tasting Room

In late summer 2018, Julie Lopata had just relocated to Michigan to be near family in Leland and was looking for a job. Leaving a long-time career as a grocery store manager and purchaser...




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