MICHIGAN WINE COUNTRY NEWS AND FEATURES

Michigan’s Ice Wine Harvest Heats Up

As winter settles in, there’s one harvest of the year left for a handful of vineyards in Michigan: an ice wine grape harvest.Ice wine is tricky to pull off and can only be made...

Winning Wine

The teams at Good Harbor Vineyards and Aurora Cellars have been on a roll.The vino at the two Leelanau Peninsula wineries — owned and operated by Simpson Family Estates — is continuing its trend of racking...

So Many Pinots

Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir. Pinot Gris. Pinot Grigio. Pinot Meunier.Why are there so many Pinots, and what makes them different from each other?Brian Lesperance, vice president at Fenn Valley Vineyards in Fennville, explains from...

Taste and Trek

There’s nothing like the great outdoors. That’s no secret at Michigan wineries around the state, where trails for hiking, biking, and snowshoeing and other winter activities abound.The pairing of wine and trails is a...

Q&A with Tristan Walczewski

As one of only a handful of level 3 sommeliers in Michigan, Tristan Walczewski has devoted a big portion of his life to the food and beverage industry. From his role as a server...

Offseason Offerings

Winter may be the offseason at Michigan’s wineries, but those who make the trek out to a tasting room will get to experience a whole new — quieter, cozier — side of the establishment....

A Family Enterprise

At Big Little Wines in Suttons Bay, winemaking is a family enterprise.Ann Arbor natives Peter and Michael Laing, the brothers behind Big Little, got their start in viticulture back in 2003. That’s when their...

Wine Pairings for Your Holiday Feast

As the end of the year approaches, it’s time to plan your holiday feasts — including the drink menus. Enhance your meal with Michigan wines paired perfectly with the dishes you’re serving. To help...

Grapes Galore

The famed wine region of Burgundy, France, is synonymous with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; Germany, with Riesling; New Zealand, with Sauvignon Blanc.But bring up Michigan, and a cascade of different grape varieties may come...

New State Wine Brand Launches

“If you haven’t had it lately, you should try to taste Michigan.”So say Brian Lillie, vice president of the Michigan Wine Collaborative, and, now, other industry reps from around the state.Taste Michigan, the federally...

Travel Notes: A Trip to Bonobo

During a typical tasting room visit, you might sample a few different wines, order a glass of one you particularly enjoy and pair it with a charcuterie board, and relax for an hour or...

Autumn Bounty

The 2022 grape harvest is in full swing as vineyard managers across Michigan take stock of this year’s bounty.The state’s winemakers are optimistic about the harvest and excited about the new vintage of wines...

Under One Roof: Pour Michigan Sells a Variety of Local Wines

When Pour Michigan Wine Barn opened its doors this past spring, owners Jeff and Brenda Miller had one goal in mind: to support local businesses. The Cedar Springs tasting room sells exclusively Michigan-made wines,...

How to Cook with Wine

Cooking with wine can do a lot for a dish.“It softens and enhances ,” says Chris Mushall, chef de cuisine at Chateau Chantal in Traverse City. “It can take a tougher cut of meat...

Stay in the Heart of Michigan Wine Country

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in Michigan wine country, booking a stay at one of the wineries in the state that offer lodging is the way to go. Around the state, guests can...

Try These Michigan-Made Hard Ciders This Fall

A changing of the seasons calls for a shake-up in your go-to alcoholic beverages. In Michigan, locally made hard ciders are available in an assortment of flavors and styles, all perfect for fall. The...

Passing the Torch at St. Julian

The fourth generation of leadership has taken the reins at Michigan’s oldest winery, family-owned St. Julian in Paw Paw.Apollo Braganini II took over from his father, John Braganini, as president of the winery and...

Vino to Go

Glass wine bottles, for all their benefits, lack one major quality: portability.Since alfresco activities are such a huge part of the Michigan lifestyle, particularly during the summer and fall, this lack of portability poses...

Organic Origins

Even before Barb Murray opened her own tasting room, winemaking was a family business in her house. Her older sister and brother-in-law were the family vintners, making wine as a hobby long before Murray...

Wine Talk: Brix

If you’re a wine enthusiast and regularly visit tasting rooms, chances are you’re familiar with tasting terms such as “blend,” “vintage,” or “nose.” But there are other interesting terms that wine drinkers are less...

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