MICHIGAN WINE COUNTRY NEWS AND FEATURES

Last Call to Support Furloughed Hospitality Workers and Bid on Winery Packages

The #MichiganWineMonthChallenge is in its final week offering $10 chances to bid on winery gift packages and help furloughed Michigan hospitality workers.So far, nearly $8,800 has been raised and organizers are hoping to make...

Meanwhile, in Northern Michigan

Mary Ann Lippe of Boyne Valley Vineyards recalls one moment among many this past weekend that brought home the significance of being able to reopen operations — even if on a limited basis.“I had...

Petoskey Winemaker Breaks It Down with Facebook Live

Josh Morgan’s weekly Destemmed Facebook Live series started out of a need to communicate with the public amid a statewide stay-at-home order.But it may outlive COVID-19 because he’s finding that people want to learn...

Michigan Wineries Plan for Modified Business Models

Winery owners and managers around the state have been keeping a watchful eye on Up North as tasting rooms in parts of northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula have begun reopening. While there...

When Life Gives You Lemons (or COVID-19), Start a CSA

Many farms have been offering CSA programs for years.With a Community Supported Agriculture share, customers pay to receive regular orders that contain an assortment of produce and other products, depending on what the farm...

It’s a Wrap: Join the Final Virtual Wine Wednesday May 27

The last installment of Michigan Wine Month Virtual Wine Wednesday is May 27 at 8 p.m. The final session will feature wine tastings from Nathaniel Rose Wine and Walloon Lake Winery. After that, sommelier Cortney Casey...

Wineries Across Northern Michigan Get Ready to Reopen Tasting Rooms to Public

Geoff Frey was taken by surprise Monday, May 18, when he heard Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had lifted the order barring bars and restaurants (and by extension, winery tasting rooms) from opening to indoor service...

Boskydel Vineyard Protected from Development

The late Michigan wine industry pioneer Bernie Rink made it clear that he wanted the land his beloved Boskydel Vineyard was built on protected from development before it could be sold.So when the Leelanau...

The Next Best Thing to Being There

In recent weeks, Michigan vintners have been experimenting more and more with virtual tastings to promote their wines and engage consumers during the COVID-19 shutdown.Despite inevitable technological snafus and the learning curve associated with...

Gwin Girls Winery Ready for Its Second Season

When Kerri Waters decided to open a winery in Remus, she named it after the women in her family.Her mother, LaNell, was one of three girls in the Gwin family growing up. Today there...

There’s Still Time to Bid on Wine Month Challenge Packages, Help Hospitality Workers

About $6,000 has been raised for the #MichiganWineMonthChallenge with less than two weeks to go.All month, wineries across Michigan have been offering gift packages that are up for bid as part of a collaboration...

Virtual Wine Wednesday May 20 at 8 P.M.

Michigan Wine Month Virtual Wine Wednesdays continue May 20 at 8 p.m., featuring Domaine Berrien Cellars, White Pine Winery and Hawthorne Vineyards.Sommelier Cortney Casey, co-owner of Michigan By The Bottle tasting rooms, will lead...

Blessing of the Blossoms is May 17 — Live from the Old Mission Peninsula

St. Joseph's parish on the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City will host the annual Blessing of the Blossoms in a virtual event on Sunday, May 17, at 1 p.m.According to a news release...

Michigan Wine Month Gets Boost From Meijer

Meijer is putting Michigan Wine Month front and center with displays during May that highlight wines made throughout the state.“Michigan Wine Month is being supported with a pallet display,” says Henry Elkhoury, key account...

Wineries Offer Michigan Wine Month Specials

Michigan wineries are sharing the Michigan Wine Month love with their fans.As the industry celebrates Michigan Wine Month with virtual events, online specials and curbside service, wineries across the state are offering specials in...

Michigan Wine Company: A Perfect Blend

Joe Krajkiewcz and his wife, Erica, were in the process of preparing for the grand opening of their Michigan Wine Company winery in Fennville when the world changed drastically and COVID-19 stay-at-home orders were...

Sustainability Matters

In keeping with broader national trends, Michigan vintners are striving to be increasingly sustainable in their environmental, economic and employment practices. In wine country as unique as the Mitten’s, achieving sustainability in these categories...

#MichiganWineMonthChallenge is at $5K and Counting to Support Hospitality Employees

Nearly $5,000 has been raised a little more than one week into the month-long #MichiganWineMonthChallenge designed to support Michigan hospitality industry workers whose employment has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The Michigan Restaurant &...

Michigan Wine Month Virtual Wine Wednesdays Continue May 13

The second Michigan Wine Month Virtual Wine Wednesday is slated for May 13 at 8 p.m., with the weekly events continuing through May 27.Sommelier Cortney Casey, co-owner of Michigan By The Bottle tasting rooms,...

Michigan Wine Industry Gives Back in a Time of Pandemic Crisis

Even as Michigan wineries continue to cope with the effects of having their tasting rooms closed and revenue disrupted by COVID-19, some are finding ways to give back.In Southwest Michigan, the Lake Michigan Shore...

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