‘Michigan Wine Country’ Featured on ‘Live in the D’

Michigan by the Bottle co-owner talks Michigan wine on WDIV Local 4
Co-host Jason Carr and Cortney Casey on WDIV Local 4’s Live in the D.

Michigan Wine Month is still in full swing, and the festivities have even made it to WDIV Local 4’s Live in the D. On May 19, Cortney Casey, co-owner of Michigan by the Bottle tasting rooms in Auburn Hills, Royal Oak, and Shelby Township, spoke to Live in the D co-host Jason Carr about Michigan wines, wineries across the state, and Michigan Wine Country magazine.

Casey began by introducing viewers to Michigan Wine Country, which has been published every year since 1991 in time for Michigan Wine Month.

“There are many awesome contributing writers — I’m a little biased,” said Casey, who is a contributor to the magazine, with a laugh. “There are all different articles about different grapes, about different regions. There are maps. There’s contact information for the wineries — pretty much everything you need for finding your way around Michigan wine country.”

Carr expressed his surprise that the magazine includes wineries in all regions of the state, from northwest to southeast.

“A lot of people are really familiar with the Traverse City area, which obviously is producing some fantastic wines, but a lot of people in metro Detroit are really missing out on some of the other wine regions,” Casey said. “There’s the Southwest Michigan area with Fennville and Lake Michigan Shore. There are some wineries in Southeast Michigan. … There are even some in the Thumb area, and there’s even one in Macomb County, Ray Township.”

To illustrate the state’s wide variety of wine styles and grapes, Casey shared with Carr four Michigan wines from several areas in the state: a Riesling from Rove Estate in Traverse City, a Pinot Blanc from Left Foot Charley in Traverse City, a Blaufränkisch from Domaine Berrien Cellars in Berrien Springs, and a Cabernet Franc from Chateau Aeronautique Winery in Jackson and the Irish Hills.

“All very distinct, all very interesting,” Carr said of the wines.

To learn more about Michigan wine country and all it has to offer, check out the digital edition of the 2022 Michigan Wine Country magazine; pick up a copy of the magazine at Michigan welcome centers, visitors bureaus, and tasting rooms; or purchase your own copy at michiganwinecountry.com.

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