MICHIGAN WINE COUNTRY NEWS AND FEATURES

Ribs and Rosé

Barbecue season officially kicks off this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you need to trade in your favorite glass of wine for a cold beer out on the patio. In fact, Michigan wine can...

Moving on U.P.

When his family took the reins at Northern Sun Winery about a year and a half ago, Jonathan Bovard didn’t have any experience in the industry, but he liked wine and had what he...

What’s in a Name?

After buying a vineyard in Benton Harbor a little more than a decade ago, Deborah Pallas and her husband, Jeffrey, contemplated potential names for their viticultural enterprise over drinks at a local pizza place.“We...

‘Michigan Wine Country’ Featured on ‘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...

Fruitful Prospects

Big changes are in the works at Youngblood Vineyard in Ray, Michigan, thanks to a grant from the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development.This past February, the commission voted to distribute roughly $300,000...

Ask the Locals

Southwest A trip to the state’s oldest winery can be a vacation in itself. At St. Julian Winery, owned and operated by the same family for a century, you can enjoy wine made from 50...

Nicole White: Creating Community

Nicole White and her husband may not have ever expected to run their own winery, but they are now fully committed to creating a cozy space for people to gather and drink wine —...

What’s in a Name?

When Chantal Lefebvre and her husband, Mike Newman, were brainstorming names for their Kewadin-based vineyard, they found themselves running into a lot of roadblocks.They couldn’t use the name of the winery’s road, Sutter, because...

Elevate Your Tasting with the 5 S’s

Did you know there can be much more to wine tasting than, well, tasting?You can learn a lot about any given wine — and get more out of your tasting as a result —...

The Verdict Is In

Wine, first and foremost, should be fun — and it certainly shouldn’t be intimidating.So says Michael Schafer, known in the adult-beverage community as The Wine Counselor®. The lawyer-turned-sommelier, based in Troy, Michigan, teaches people —...

What’s in a Name?

A winery’s name is, among other things, its introduction. Spare Key Winery in Charlevoix introduces itself as a place to feel at home.In 2010, after years of wine-tasting trips, spouses Jean and Mike McCarthy...

Wildflower Power

Honeybees and monarch butterflies will soon find a haven at Mari Vineyards.The Old Mission Peninsula winery is working with the nonprofit The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund to create a sanctuary for insects in...

Family (and Furry Friends) Come First at Thunder Bay Winery

At Thunder Bay Winery in northern Michigan, family is everything — and that doesn’t mean just human family.Co-owner Janis Sahr and her husband moved to the Tip of the Mitt and planted a vineyard...

Michigan Wine Month Is Here!

Michigan Wine Month is here, and with it, catchy slogans to jazz up your social media posts, formal recognition from the governor, and a roster of fun events throughout the state.Last week, the Michigan...

What’s in a Name?

A winery’s name can come from any number of sources of inspiration. At family-run Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson, a flock of regular visitors became the muse for co-founder Norman Moffatt.Moffatt, the father of...

Jeremy Duggan: Bringing a Global Perspective to Michigan Wine

When it comes to learning about a wine region, books will only get you so far. Really grasping what makes a particular viticultural area and its corresponding products unique starts with — you guessed...

What’s in a Name?

The inspiration for a winery’s name can come from anywhere, from its location to its founders to its roots as a dairy farm.At Soul Squeeze Cellars on the Leelanau Peninsula, it came from the...

Purple in Petoskey

A visit to a lavender farm in Maui, Hawaii, on a 10th-anniversary vacation became the spark of inspiration for Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery’s new lavender field and related product line.At the time of...

Only 2 Days Left to Enter ‘You Name It’ Contest

Michigan Wine Month (May) is right around the corner, and only two days remain to enter the Michigan Wine Collaborative’s contest to give this monthlong celebration a catchy slogan.Until April 22, you can join...

Pink Is the New Red

Rosé has been around for millennia, but in recent years it has experienced a surge in popularity in the United States — and especially in Michigan.“Over the years, there have been resurgences of rosés,”...

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