MICHIGAN WINE COUNTRY NEWS AND FEATURES

Certified Sommelier: Michigan Wines to Serve at the Holidays

What Michigan wines are you interested in this holiday season? How do you pair them with foods?

Recipes Tie Generations Together

The people who make up Michigan’s wine industry are a family-oriented bunch. We asked them to share a favorite holiday recipe and its back story. In the middle of this crazy, pandemic holiday season, many were kind enough to respond.

Getting Creative to Celebrate the Holidays

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.

’Tis the Season for Wine Gifts and Deals

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.

‘2020 Was Social Distancing; 2021 Will Be Hugs’

Jim Tresize, president of WineAmerica, included this Thanksgiving message of gratitude in his recent newsletter. Except for the wildfires and hurricanes, it's as applicable here in Michigan as anywhere else. In case you didn't...

Igloos (With Restrictions), Tents With One Wall Are In for Outdoor Service at Michigan...

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...

It’s Spring All Over Again for Michigan Wineries

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.

Documenting an Industry

Marvin Shaouni has been fascinated with wine since he worked in a high-end restaurant in the late 1990s. It was then that the Detroit-based editorial and commercial photographer got to know master sommelier Madeline Triffon.

Round Barn Rolls Out Winter Village, New Membership Program

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.

Lazy Ballerina Gives Back

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.

Out of the Grocery Store and into the Tasting Room

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...

White Pine Winery Owner/Winemaker Recognized by Wine Business Monthly

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.

Harvest Helpers

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.

Q&A with Ralph Kridner

Ralph Kridner is a wine educator and restaurant and wine consultant who is based in Traverse City and conducts guided tastings. Here, he shares his insights on wines and tastings.

Bypassing the Bottle

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.

Wine with a Purpose

Tyler Earnst isn’t old enough to drink the wine he’s had a part in selling. But he’s learning that there’s a lot more to the business of wine than savoring the product.

What’s in a Label? Everything

Wineries choose labels that say a little about the wine in the bottle while attracting the eyes of consumers.“When deciding on a label, we try for something eye-catching, tasteful, distinctive and memorable, all while...

Michigan Wine Industry Rallies Around St. Julian Winemaker

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.

Wineries Weather Summer, Brace for What’s Next

The theme at Michigan wineries of late has been, in many ways, “adaptability.” When tasting rooms were closed and then reopened at reduced capacity, vintners hosted virtual events, began serving flights instead of traditional...

Next Generation Gets Involved at Cherry Republic

At the ripe old ages of 12 and 14, Hawthorn and Colebrook Sutherland spent the summer getting more involved in the family business. “It is very gratifying bringing my sons into the business,” says Cherry Republic owner Bob Sutherland.

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