MICHIGAN WINE COUNTRY NEWS AND FEATURES

WaterFire: Celebrating Sustainability — and an Anniversary

WaterFire Vineyards, the Midwest’s first Certified Sustainable vineyard, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this summer. Owners Chantal Lefebvre and Mike Newman moved to Michigan in 2007 from Boston. While the two already had established careers, they wanted to be closer to family and were seeking a change in lifestyle for themselves and their young son.

Vineyard Vows

When Austin Robbins and Alana Rose of Rochester Hills had to cancel their wedding venue at the last minute earlier this summer — they’d booked an indoor space that with COVID-19 restrictions meant they couldn’t have everyone they’d invited attend — a family friend mentioned that Youngblood Vineyard in northern Macomb County might be a good replacement.

Hit the (Winery) Trails

While the COVID-19 pandemic called for all businesses to make adjustments, Round Barn Estate and Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant — both owned by Moersch Hospitality Group — had a perfect plan. Looking for ways to engage guests outdoors in spring 2020, they turned preexisting trails connecting the two Southwest Michigan properties into Mt. Tabor Trails, a 3.5-mile trail system for guests.

Evolving with the Industry — in Michigan and Beyond

Shelley Bynum is sommelier and wine director at House of Pure Vin on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. She got into the wine business as a second career, having started out in marketing and public relations. When she was in her 20s in the 1990s, she hosted tasting events in Atlanta, Georgia, for people under 40. The purpose, she says, was to “knock wine off its pedestal.”

New MLive Video Highlights Wine Among St. Joseph-Area Attractions

Southwest Michigan wine country gets some love in this new video from MLive that features an interview with Dave Miller, owner of White Pine Winery and president of the Michigan Wine Collaborative. It's titled,...

Watching the Grapes Grow

You gotta start somewhere. When it comes to winemaking, it begins with the grapes. Engineer David De Carteret and his wife, recreational therapist Gretchen De Carteret, planted 300 grapevines — a mix of Marquette...

Jump on the Wine Wagon at Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery

Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery welcomed the return of its Wine Wagon Tour and Tasting on Memorial Day weekend. The wagon tours were closed due to COVID-19 in 2020, the same year Brys celebrated...

Masks? Proof of Vaccines? Michigan Wineries Navigate the New Landscape

When Bløm Meadworks in Ann Arbor began laying the groundwork for reopening its indoor tasting space as state restrictions began easing this past month, owners Lauren Bloom and Matt Ritchey took a lot of...

Come for the Cider, Have a Ball

As luck would have it, Peat’s Original Cider was just opening its new Cider Social taproom and bowling alley in March 2020 when COVID-19 came along and caused it all to shut down. Now Cider Social is back, offering family-friendly action and serving the Peat family’s original ciders.

‘Making Memories for Every Generation’

Blake Farms is celebrating 75 years. The original family-owned farm in Armada was established in 1946 by Gerald and Elizabeth “Lovey” Blake.

Say ‘I Do’ Among the Vines

When 3 North Vines Vineyard & Winery opened in 2014, co-owners Kristi Nichols-Shopbell and her husband never imagined they’d be in the wedding business. “We’re a very small tasting room, and we didn’t really think that weddings would work that well in our tiny tasting room,” Nichols-Shopbell says.

Volunteers Wanted: Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition Could Use a Little Help

The Michigan Cider Association is looking for volunteers to assist with the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, set for July in Grand Rapids.

New and Improved: Michigan Wine Collaborative Introduces Revamped Vintage Michigan Wine Club

The Michigan Wine Collaborative has rolled out a new Vintage Michigan Wine Club. The original Vintage Michigan Wine Club was managed by the former Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council.

The View from Verterra

Verterra Winery is expanding. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Leelanau Peninsula winery is opening a second tasting room, the Ridge at Verterra Vineyards.

Rove Estate Marks Milestone

While Creighton Gallagher comes from a long line of Gallagher family fruit farmers, he and his wife, McKenzie, are the first Gallaghers to grow grapes. They’re now celebrating five years in the wine business as owners of Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery near Traverse City.

Virtue Cider: Founded on Patience

Greg Hall grew up in Chicago, but his family traveled to the South Haven and Saugatuck areas of Southwest Michigan every summer when he was growing up. He describes those trips as “the two best weeks of the year.”

Fresh from the Field

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s “Fresh from the Field” podcast features St. Julian Winery. Host Ken Nelson speaks with Nancie Oxley, vice president and winemaker at St. Julian in Paw Paw.

Michigan Wineries Rate High in International Competitions

The awards keep coming to Michigan wineries. Wineries from around Michigan won medals in the TEXSOM International Wine Awards.

Michigan Wine Collaborative Brings Wine Evaluation and Media Opportunities to Lake Michigan College

The Michigan Wine Collaborative and Lake Michigan College, which offers a Wine and Viticulture Technology program that includes a commercial teaching winery, are partnering for “Judgement of Michigan” in Benton Harbor on Aug. 3....

Arugula and Radicchio Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

Enjoy this light salad with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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