MICHIGAN WINE COUNTRY NEWS AND FEATURES

Jay Briggs: ‘Drink Michigan Wine’

Jay Briggs is the winemaker at 45 North Vineyard & Winery (a position he’s held for nearly 10 years), but over the course of his career, he’s had experience in both the cellar and the...

Gathering the Grapes

2021 has shaped up to be a good year for Michigan vineyard harvests, and vintners around the state are excited about the wines they’re making from this autumn’s grape haul.At Youngblood Vineyard in metro...

Team Corks vs. Team Caps

Red or white? Full-bodied or fruity? The latest debate in the wine world is something that has nothing to do with the flavor — or does it? What’s better: corks or screw caps?As early...

These Are the 8 Best Wines in Michigan

The judges have crowned the medal winners of the first-ever Judgement of Michigan, hosted by the Michigan Wine Collaborative and Lake Michigan College on Aug. 3. More than 350 Michigan wines were evaluated by...

The USA Loves Michigan Wines

USA Today readers sure are enthusiastic about our wineries. In less than a month, Michigan wineries have made two 10Best lists. As we reported in August, four local venues made the list of 10...

10 Apple-Picking Farms for Wine Lovers

There’s nothing better than a weekend filled with apple-picking, cider donuts, and overall family fun at Michigan apple farms, orchards, and cider mills. We’d like to add one more reason to visit: the wine!Fruit...

Not Singin’ the Blues

Fruit wines are gaining traction among wine enthusiasts and sure go down easy, but for winemakers, it’s not all smooth sipping.“Fruit wines in general are difficult to make because there is not a ton...

Michigan Wineries Rank High on National Lists

We’ve always known Michigan wineries are winners, but here’s even more proof: Three wineries swept the top spots in the 2021 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Wine Country Hotel and three...

Wine and Music: A Perfect Pairing

A look at how four Michigan wineries are making a leisurely summer evening even better — with live music

Home Sweet Home

Born and raised in Traverse City, Heather Durham-Birley left Michigan when she was 18 and traveled the world for about five years. Along the way, she met her husband in England and received a...

WaterFire: Celebrating Sustainability — and an Anniversary

WaterFire Vineyards, the Midwest’s first Certified Sustainable vineyard, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this summer. Owners Chantal Lefebvre and Mike Newman moved to Michigan in 2007 from Boston. While the two already had established careers, they wanted to be closer to family and were seeking a change in lifestyle for themselves and their young son.

Vineyard Vows

When Austin Robbins and Alana Rose of Rochester Hills had to cancel their wedding venue at the last minute earlier this summer — they’d booked an indoor space that with COVID-19 restrictions meant they couldn’t have everyone they’d invited attend — a family friend mentioned that Youngblood Vineyard in northern Macomb County might be a good replacement.

Hit the (Winery) Trails

While the COVID-19 pandemic called for all businesses to make adjustments, Round Barn Estate and Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant — both owned by Moersch Hospitality Group — had a perfect plan. Looking for ways to engage guests outdoors in spring 2020, they turned preexisting trails connecting the two Southwest Michigan properties into Mt. Tabor Trails, a 3.5-mile trail system for guests.

Evolving with the Industry — in Michigan and Beyond

Shelley Bynum is sommelier and wine director at House of Pure Vin on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. She got into the wine business as a second career, having started out in marketing and public relations. When she was in her 20s in the 1990s, she hosted tasting events in Atlanta, Georgia, for people under 40. The purpose, she says, was to “knock wine off its pedestal.”

New MLive Video Highlights Wine Among St. Joseph-Area Attractions

Southwest Michigan wine country gets some love in this new video from MLive that features an interview with Dave Miller, owner of White Pine Winery and president of the Michigan Wine Collaborative. It's titled,...

Watching the Grapes Grow

You gotta start somewhere. When it comes to winemaking, it begins with the grapes. Engineer David De Carteret and his wife, recreational therapist Gretchen De Carteret, planted 300 grapevines — a mix of Marquette...

Jump on the Wine Wagon at Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery

Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery welcomed the return of its Wine Wagon Tour and Tasting on Memorial Day weekend. The wagon tours were closed due to COVID-19 in 2020, the same year Brys celebrated...

Masks? Proof of Vaccines? Michigan Wineries Navigate the New Landscape

When Bløm Meadworks in Ann Arbor began laying the groundwork for reopening its indoor tasting space as state restrictions began easing this past month, owners Lauren Bloom and Matt Ritchey took a lot of...

Come for the Cider, Have a Ball

As luck would have it, Peat’s Original Cider was just opening its new Cider Social taproom and bowling alley in March 2020 when COVID-19 came along and caused it all to shut down. Now Cider Social is back, offering family-friendly action and serving the Peat family’s original ciders.

‘Making Memories for Every Generation’

Blake Farms is celebrating 75 years. The original family-owned farm in Armada was established in 1946 by Gerald and Elizabeth “Lovey” Blake.

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