MICHIGAN WINE COUNTRY NEWS AND FEATURES

Wineries Do Michigan Proud in Finger Lakes Wine Competition

More than 50 Michigan wineries took medals in the 2020 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC), held July 18 and 19.One of America’s largest charitable wine competitions in the U.S., the competition attracts thousands...

Masks and More: The New Winery Etiquette

Since Michigan wineries began reopening their physical locations this spring, the tasting experience has looked dramatically different from what guests knew in the past. In many cases, wine flights have replaced individual tastings, staff...

Brengman Brothers Rosé Takes Best of Show in American Fine Wine’s Rosé Competition

Brengman Brothers of Leelanau County took Best of Show in the Dry Rosé category for its 2019 Block 7 Pinot Noir Rosé at the American Fine Wine Competition’s Rosé Competition 2020 held recently in...

The Art of the Cork

Many Michigan wineries opt for original art pieces that reflect the tone of their establishment. For some, the medium of choice is cork — as in a wine cork.That’s the case at Mari Vineyards....

Q&A with Alexandria and Chris Franz

Alexandria and Chris Franz of St. Clair Shores-based Wooden Whisk Creations enjoy pairing the foods they make with wines. Besides doing special events for Michigan By The Bottle tasting rooms, the pair travels north...

New 4-H Viticulture Pilot to Stoke Talent Pipeline

Youngblood Vineyard in rural Macomb County has been selected to be a pilot site for a new 4-H viticulture program.The viticulture program is also being developed at Pingree Farms in Detroit, which already had...

Michigan Inn, Wine Regions in Running for USA Today Readers’ Best

The Inn at Black Star Farms is a nominee for USA Today's 2020 Readers' Choice award for Best Wine Country Hotel. The family-owned 160-acre winery estate is located in Suttons Bay near Traverse City.

Michigan Wineries Are Reopening — How’s It Going?

Wineries across Michigan are reopening with various new procedures in place designed to protect their customers and staff. Here’s what’s happening at a few around the state.

Sky’s the Limit at Boyne Valley Vineyards

When Boyne Valley Vineyards was looking for new ways to elevate the wine-tasting experience for its customers, a treehouse tasting room seemed to be the answer. Tasting room and events manager Mary Ann Lippe explains that the barn’s location was first chosen because of the three maple trees behind it.

Wineries Make Tracks with Food Trucks

Despite some initial delays due to coronavirus-related restrictions, food truck season is officially in full swing at several Michigan wineries. That means yummy eats, fresh summer air — and continued social distancing and other safety...

Growing a Winemaker

Every year, the Wine Spectator Scholarship Program awards the title of Science Student of the Year, along with a corresponding scholarship, to a student whose academic achievements, display of leadership and engagement in extracurricular and career activities make them a strong candidate in the field of winemaking.

Blake’s Gets Cooking

Blake’s Hard Cider in Armada turned to YouTube to bring its farm to the homes of those who could not visit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its cooking videos are available on YouTube or at the cidery's website.

Meet the Winemakers: Ciccone Vineyard & Winery

Michigan Wine Country's Asia Jones discusses new releases with Ciccone Vineyard & Winery's winemaker, Paula Ciccone, and tasting room manager, Janell Preseau.

2020 Michigan Wine Competition Canceled

The annual Michigan Wine Competition has been canceled for 2020. An announcement from the Michigan Wine Collaborative, which has assumed responsibility for the event previously managed by the former Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, cites “the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19” as the reason.

Michigan Wine Month Challenge Raises $10,000-Plus for Hospitality Workers

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) and Michigan Wine Collaborative hosted the #MichiganWineMonthChallenge in May to raise money for The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund. The public purchased tickets to be entered...

Let It Pour: All Michigan Winery Tasting Rooms Can Reopen June 8

Following their northern Michigan brethren, which were allowed to reopen with some modifications to capacity and other practices May 22, many wineries across the rest of the state are getting ready to open their doors as of June 8. That’s the date that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic lift.

Meet the Winemakers: A Conversation with Bel Lago Winery & Vineyard

Michigan Wine Country presents Meet the Winemakers, a new series featuring interviews with wineries across Michigan. Here, Michigan Wine Country's Asia Jones interviews Charlie Edson of Bel Lago Winery about a few recent releases and...

Michigan Wine Industry Challenge Raises 10K-Plus for Furloughed Hospitality Workers

The #MichiganWineMonthChallenge raised more than $10,000 to help laid-off hospitality workers in Michigan.About a dozen Michigan wineries offered 15 winery gift packages for bid during the Month of May. The public could make $10...

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...

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