MICHIGAN WINE COUNTRY NEWS AND FEATURES
What Michigan wines are you interested in this holiday season? How do you pair them with foods?
While their tasting rooms remain closed, Michigan wineries are celebrating the holidays in creative ways this year. At the Inn at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, the staff reimagined a beloved annual tradition — brunch with Santa — as a drive-thru visit with the jolly old elf Dec. 12.
Michigan wineries, like bars and restaurants, are closed to indoor tastings at least through Dec. 20 per the current order by the state health department to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Some have been able to offer space for outdoor tastings, but beyond that, they are relying on online orders and curbside or indoor pickups to satisfy consumers’ holiday wine consumption and gifting needs.
The state of Michigan has released guidance clarifying the options that Michigan wineries, like restaurants and bars, have for outdoor structures to provide service during the three-week "Pause to Save Lives" that took effect...
A collective sigh of relief arose from Michigan’s wine industry when the state lifted a pandemic shelter-in-place order in early June that had shuttered them for all but curbside and online sales — just in time for summer business to pick up. They’ve been operating at reduced capacity since, and with stringent safety measures including mask-wearing, revised tasting protocols, enhanced sanitizing, expanded outdoor seating areas and other preventive steps.
Winter has arrived at Round Barn Estate in Baroda. Earlier this month, the winery opened its first-ever “Winter Village,” complete with heated igloos, firepits, walking trails and seasonal beverages.
Patrons of Lazy Ballerina Winery in Southwest Michigan can enjoy a bottle of red or white wine while helping the local humane society. Through November and potentially beyond, the winery is donating $5 from every bottle sold of its Humane Red (semidry, $20) and Humane White (dry, $20) to the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan, the only no-kill animal shelter in Berrien Country.
In late summer 2018, Julie Lopata had just relocated to Michigan to be near family in Leland and was looking for a job. Leaving a long-time career as a grocery store manager and purchaser...
Dave Miller, owner/winemaker at White Pine Winery in Lawton, has been named Wine Business Monthly's Winemaker of the Month. Miller is recognized in the publication's Fall 2020 issue.
Michigan’s grape-harvesting season is in full swing, which means vineyards are once again working with a diverse — but, in some cases, small — assemblage of pickers to bring in the crops. A shortage of harvest workers is a common issue and one that many vineyards need to work around every year.
In 2020, vino lovers are accustomed to drinking wine from nonstandard packaging — screw-top bottles, aluminum cans and boxed wine among them. But in a restaurant or even a traditional tasting room, consumers may be getting their glass of wine from an even more unusual source: kegs.
A little boy who loved superheroes touched a lot of lives. Now the Michigan wine community is rallying around the family who mourns his loss. Robbie Oxley, the 6-year-old son of St. Julian winemaker Nancie Oxley and her husband, Keith, died as a result of a freak accident that happened on Sept. 19.