Cortney Casey, co-owner of Michigan By The Bottle and co-founder of MichiganByTheBottle.com as well as a certified sommelier, will lead the virtual events that are running on Facebook Live. Offered in conjunction with the Michigan Wine Collaborative and Michigan Wine Country, Virtual Wine Wednesdays are planned to focus on three wineries from throughout Michigan each week, highlighting their back stories and newer products.
“Viewers are encouraged to drink along if they can get the wine in time, but that won’t always be possible,” Casey says. “The hope is that they will be interested in supporting these wineries after the fact through orders, etc.
“Participants also will be encouraged to ask questions — the more, the better! I plan to moderate the session and help facilitate questions and event flow.”
Casey has been holding a variety of virtual events as wineries and her shops have been closed to tastings because of COVID-19.
“I think our guests really enjoy being able to interact with these folks in an up-close and personal kind of setting,” she says. “They can ask questions in a more intimate setting and really get a feel for the personalities of the people behind the wines they’re enjoying.”
Tonight’s session will feature:
Casey will be talking about and tasting the Leelanau County winery’s two newest bubblies, Tropic and Sunlight, both in cans. The 12-oz. servings are 6 percent alcohol, featuring a base of Michigan wine and other ingredients such as local, organic botanical tea and natural fruit juices. The winery is offering to ship them for $1 a can for a purchase of 12 cans all month. They’re also offering curbside pickup for online and phone orders several days a week now.
The Macomb County winery will be offering tastings of its Marquette
and Frontenac Blanc wines, says owner Jessica Youngblood. Its Frontenac, 75 percent Frontenac aged in stainless steel and 5 percent Petite Pearl aged in neutral French oak barrels, is a semisweet/sweet red. Its Marquette dry red is made from 100 percent Marquette grapes and aged in neutral French oak barrels.
Modales, located in Fennville, is getting ready to open its new tasting room. It currently offers a variety of red, white and rosé wines along with ciders.
Here’s the link to the event tonight at 8 p.m.: