MICHIGAN WINE COUNTRY NEWS AND FEATURES

‘It’s All About the People’

Michigan’s wine scene looks a lot different today than it did 30 years ago.Mark Hanlin, a financial planner who has lived in Marshall since the early 1990s, has had a front-row seat to watch...

From ‘Cool’ to Award-Winning

Michigan’s award-winning wines deserve an award-winning advertising campaign to promote them — and now they have it.Just in time for Wine Month this May, the Michigan Wine Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that supports the state’s...

Under New Management

After more than 20 years in operation under the same family, Karma Vista Vineyards in Coloma has new owners.Music lovers might recognize the name of the rebranded winery: Zach Filkins, guitarist in the pop...

Q&A with Michigan Wine Superfan Susan Smith

Michigan wine’s appeal increasingly stretches beyond the borders of the Great Lakes State.Just ask Susan Smith, a Michigan wine superfan who lives outside of Toledo, Ohio, who travels up to visit nearby Flying Otter...

Half a Century and Counting

The name Chateau Grand Traverse has become synonymous with success in the Michigan wine industry. In 2024, the Traverse City winery celebrates 50 years of hard work, award-winning wines, and proving skeptics wrong. Since the...

Changing Opinions ‘One Sip at a Time’

Steve Salisbury knows a thing or two about Southwest Michigan wine country. His family grew grapes there in the 1970s and ran a wine supply store. In 1973, he went to work for regional...

How to Pair Wine and Cheese

Whether you’re planning an extravagant dinner party or a casual night in, you can’t go wrong pairing (Michigan) wine and cheese. Here, three Michigan-based experts weigh in on how to find a combination that...

Work Out with Wine

Exercise doesn’t have to entail hitting the treadmill or picking up dumbbells. At these Michigan wineries, it’s easy to get active thanks to hiking trails, yoga classes, and (soon) even platform tennis. (Plus, there’s...

Certified Superfan

Jeremy Jurewicz from Grand Rapids is a big fan of wine — so much so, in fact, that he took his interest to the next level last year by becoming a certified specialist of...

All About Viognier

Originally grown in the Rhône Valley of France, the Viognier grape has found a home away from home here in Michigan. Viognier, which can have aromas of peach, tangerine, and melon, reacts well to Michigan’s...

How to Pair Wine and Chocolate

A hot cup of coffee, a square of dark chocolate, and a glass of wine. According to Shady Lane Cellars’ executive winemaker and general manager, Kasey Wierzba, these are a few of the “vices”...

Juice Up Your Wine List

Once you know what kinds of wine you like, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. After all, nothing can beat your familiar favorites, right?However, if you’re willing to be a...

Q&A with Jenny Pike

If you ask metro Detroit resident Jenny Pike which Michigan wineries she likes, she has a tough time narrowing them down.“I can’t even think of any that we don’t like to go to,”...

Ramato 101

Something old (world) is new again in the Michigan wine industry. A couple of wineries in the state produce ramato, a northeastern Italian–style wine made by macerating Pinot Grigio/Gris grape skins with the juice. It...

‘The Sum Is Greater Than the Parts’

Solving a math problem. Painting a picture. Cooking a fabulous meal.Michigan winemakers have many colorful metaphors for the theory behind blending grapes, but one thing’s for certain: They’re enthusiastic about blends and what they...

Michigan Wineries’ ‘Best-Kept Secret’

Winter is an underrated time to visit a Michigan winery. In fact, “the winter is our best-kept secret,” says Brian Lillie, director of hospitality operations and distribution at Chateau Chantal on the Old Mission...

On a Quest to See Them All

To call Emily Lenard an admirer of Michigan wine would be an understatement.The Grand Rapids–area resident, who so far has traveled to 63 Michigan wineries on her quest to visit them all, is something...

Holiday Gifts for Michigan Wine Lovers

As Michiganders decorate their trees and stock up on wrapping paper in anticipation of the holiday season, wineries across the state are gearing up with their own preparations, including special gifting options. Unwrap delicious...

Hospitality Meets Sustainability at Gilchrist Farm Winery

At the newly opened Gilchrist Farm Winery, a hospitality-focused team is working together to serve locally sourced food grown using sustainable practices. Located in downtown Suttons Bay, the tasting room acts as a restaurant, pairing...

Basketball and Wine: The Perfect Blend

Now that basketball season is underway, local fans of both the sport and Michigan wine can enjoy quite the crossover episode: a partnership between Lake Leelanau–based Soul Squeeze Cellars and the Detroit Pistons.The collaboration...

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