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Submitted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development LANSING, Mich. — Severe cold events from January through March resulted in damage to grapevines that reduced fruitfulness for many of the more cold-tender varieties used for wine production in Michigan. The state’s wine grape growers are looking to continued warm and dry weather to help ripen a smaller-than-average crop. “We anticipate approximately 50 percent reduction in the size of the state wine grape crop compared to the record 7,600 tons reported in 2013,” said Gordon Wenk, chair of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council. The impact varies widely... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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On the latest episode of MBTB Radio, we chat with Jay Briggs, winemaker at Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery on Leelanau Peninsula, about becoming a head winemaker, winning awards, trying new varietals and the ever-popular screwcap debate. You can listen in by clicking here. The podcasts are available via the link above, the "MBTB Radio" button at right, on Podbean.com, or on iTunes. You also can subscribe on iTunes so they download directly to your smartphone when they go live! Also, check out our previous episodes: MBTB Radio, Pilot: Introduction 8.19.14 (26:08) MBTB Radio, Episode 2: Brian Hosmer of Chateau... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Michigan By The Bottle
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This edition of WIOG features wines we tried during a visit to Three Fires on the Leelanau Peninsula earlier this summer. Since we end up tasting a LOT of Michigan wine (you may have noticed), WIOG is our attempt to give you an idea of some selections that you may be interested in checking out based on what we've been experiencing. Cheers! Three Fires Wine 2011 Intrigue: Round mouthfeel; banana bread, grapefruit, lemon peel, bruised green apple. Three Fires Wine 2011 Chardonnay: Barrel fermented. Creme brulee, butterscotch, ripe peach, round and luscious mouthfeel. A highlight of the tasting. Three Fires... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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Submitted by Black Star Farms TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN — Proud of Michigan as ever, Grand Traverse Pie Company is celebrating the 2014 Harvest Season throughout the month of October with a 6” Red Wine and Blue Pie as part of their Fusion Pie Series. Fusion Pies offer a powerful twist using Michigan products, pairing bold and exciting flavors, spinning them throughout the pie. The Red Wine and Blue Pie starts with a flaky, handmade crust at the bottom, with a layer of red wine infused filling and a layer of blueberry red wine topping all created with Black Star Farms... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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Welcome to the latest edition of This Weekend in Michigan Wine, a listing of what's happening now, what's coming up and what's ongoing in the world of Michigan wine! We regularly check 60+ wine websites (and counting) and sift through dozens of weekly press releases to round up what's scheduled around the state. Wineries, if you'd like your event listed, please email us with all of the pertinent information, and we'd be happy to post it. MBTB fans, we hope this serves as your weekly "go-to" guide for finding the best options for getting your Michigan wine on! Cheers! Right... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
The bitter cold that hit the region last winter was pretty typical for the mid-1960s, when Bernie Rink first planted grapes at Boskydel Vineyard. via www.record-eagle.com The bottom line ... The polar vortex made "the fancy wine grapes" very unhappy, but the hybrids are hangin' in! Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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Asking winemakers to name their favorites from among their own repertoires is like pulling teeth. Most hem and haw, insist it varies day to day, or decline to answer at all. via www.hourdetroit.com In Cort's latest Michigan wine blog for Hour Detroit, Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country winemakers and winery owners weigh in on "must-try" wines from their own wineries and those of their neighbors. Which wines would you add to the list? Come discuss it! Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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On the latest episode of MBTB Radio, we chat with Nancie Corum Oxley, winemaker at St. Julian Winery in Paw Paw. Find out more about the history of Michigan's oldest winery, their extensive wine lineup beyond the familiar "Heron" wines and more by clicking here. The podcasts are available via the link above, the "MBTB Radio" button at right, on Podbean.com, or on iTunes. You also can subscribe on iTunes so they download directly to your smartphone when they go live! Also, check out our previous episodes: MBTB Radio, Pilot: Introduction 8.19.14 (26:08) MBTB Radio, Episode 2: Brian Hosmer of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Tony Ciccone, co-owner of Ciccone Vineyard and Winery, talks with Greening of the Great Lakes host, Kirk Heinze, about the challenges faced by the wine industry and its impact on Michigan's economy. via www.mlive.com Tony Ciccone talks polar vortex and more with MLive.com. Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 23, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The menu is here for our Sept. 22 Chateau de Leelanau Winemaker Dinner with cuisine by Chef Chris Franz of The Rattlesnake Club! Limited spaces are still available, so give us a ring with payment to reserve your spot: (586) 843-3690. Winemaker Matt Gregory will be here to talk about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
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In our fine/wine/dine segment, we aim to explore the link between fine dining and fine wining in Michigan. Today, we check in with Gerry Baker, sommelier at The Stand Gastro Bistro in Birmingham. Tell us a little bit about The Stand — the menu, ambiance, etc. GB: "We are the joint effort of owners John Kelly and Chef Paul Grosz, two veterans of the Detroit dining scene. This is Chef Paul's second restaurant; he also owns Cuisine downtown. Our menu can be best described as French with a twist, and we use as many local ingredients as possible. We have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The CRUSH Birmingham Wine & Food Classic is an event not to be missed each year, and we are excited to once again have the opportunity to give away a pair of tickets to a lucky MBTB follower, courtesy of the event organizers! Out of everyone who entered over the past several days, we drew a random winner, and it was ... JENNIFER HAYDEN of Ionia! Congrats, Jennifer! Please email us at cort@michiganbythebottle.com to claim your prize. The pair of tickets kindly given to us by the event organizers is worth $500 (!!!) and entitles the bearers to general admission... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Welcome to the latest edition of This Weekend in Michigan Wine, a listing of what's happening now, what's coming up and what's ongoing in the world of Michigan wine! We regularly check 60+ wine websites (and counting) and sift through dozens of weekly press releases to round up what's scheduled around the state. Wineries, if you'd like your event listed, please email us with all of the pertinent information, and we'd be happy to post it. MBTB fans, we hope this serves as your weekly "go-to" guide for finding the best options for getting your Michigan wine on! Cheers! Right... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Increasingly, Michigan is home to more and more brilliant breweries and vibrant vineyards with views of rolling hills, gentle waves, and urban streets. The libations are as varied as the locations; not only do you have ample opportunity to explore the tasty treats being concocted at each locale, but each has something different to offer up as far as gazing is concerned. via www.michigan.org We contributed some of this pics for this recent roundup of great places to "sip and savor Mother Nature" from The Awesome Mitten/Pure Michigan Blog! What would you want to add to the list? Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 17, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The CRUSH Birmingham Wine & Food Classic is an event not to be missed each year, and we are excited to once again have the opportunity to give away a pair of tickets to a lucky MBTB follower, courtesy of the event organizers! This upscale, wine- and food-soaked charity event is set for Saturday, Sept. 27 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, and will feature cuisine by various renowned chefs paired with wines from around the globe. Proceeds and donations benefit the Troy-based Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, a statewide nonprofit that helps families cope with leukemia, lymphoma and related... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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This edition of WIOG features wines we tried during a visit to Chateau Grand Traverse earlier this summer. Since we end up tasting a LOT of Michigan wine (you may have noticed), WIOG is our attempt to give you an idea of some selections that you may be interested in checking out based on what we've been experiencing. Cheers! Chateau Grand Traverse 2012 Laika: 100% Gruner Veltliner, dry, lemon pith, lime peel, white pepper, grapefruit peel, grassy, taragon, herbal. Super refreshing and different for a Michigan white. Chateau Grand Traverse 2012 Whole Cluster Riesling: Ripe green apple, peach, dry, good... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The menu is here for our sold out Wok & Wine 7 on Monday, Sept. 15! You can still wait list for this event by calling (586) 843-3690; there's no cost to wait list, and you'll be the first to find out if spaces become available. Wine pairings TBD. First:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
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Welcome to the latest edition of This Weekend in Michigan Wine, a listing of what's happening now, what's coming up and what's ongoing in the world of Michigan wine! We regularly check 60+ wine websites (and counting) and sift through dozens of weekly press releases to round up what's scheduled around the state. Wineries, if you'd like your event listed, please email us with all of the pertinent information, and we'd be happy to post it. MBTB fans, we hope this serves as your weekly "go-to" guide for finding the best options for getting your Michigan wine on! Cheers! Right... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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On the latest episode of MBTB Radio, we chat with Heather Fortin of Bonobo Winery on Old Mission Peninsula, the pending new winery on Old Mission Peninsula helmed by HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse, wife Amy Smart and brother Todd Oosterhouse. Find out more about where the name comes from, when they hope to be open and what the winery will be like by clicking here. The podcasts are available via the link above, the "MBTB Radio" button at right, on Podbean.com, or on iTunes. You also can subscribe on iTunes so they download directly to your smartphone when they go live!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Stephanie Schlatter is an artist, a painter and a storyteller. She loves Michigan...and wine. Her paintings are now featured on bin 616 wine labels for the exclusive Amway Hotel Collection, including Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, JW Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott, and Northern Michigan wineries: Chateau de Leelanau's Muse, Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery's Rosé Fling via www.mlive.com Have you seen Grand Rapids painter Stephanie Schlatter's artwork on a wine bottle or in a winery near you yet? Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 8, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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This edition of WIOG features wines we tried during a visit to 2 Lads Winery earlier this summer. Since we end up tasting a LOT of Michigan wine (you may have noticed), WIOG is our attempt to give you an idea of some selections that you may be interested in checking out based on what we've been experiencing. Cheers! 2 Lads 2012 Pinot Noir D. Cuveé: Cocoa, raspberry, black pepper, allspice, cola, black licorice. A highlight of the tasting! 2 Lads 2012 Pinot Noir Cuveé Beatrice: Smokey, ripe raspberry, dark red cherry, blackberry, black pepper, earthy mushroom. 2 Lads 2013... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Sitting outdoors on one of those quintessential Traverse City summer afternoons that are chilly and hot simultaneously, Bryan Ulbrich pours a glass of something special. via intoxreport.com Chris Kassel of Intox Report sits down with Bryan Ulbrich of Left Foot Charley. Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 5, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
As vineyards around the Midwest prepare to bring in their grapes, the record cold winter, late spring and cooler summer will drastically reduce the harvest for certain grape varieties, especially vinifera, in many areas. Grape brokers are reaping the benefits and report a steady increase in sales of Californian grapes and juice to the Midwest. However, some Midwest winemakers are toughing it out and refusing to resort to grapes imported from outside the region. via midwestwinepress.com Ah, more good news, courtesy of the polar vortex. Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 4, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Welcome to the latest edition of This Weekend in Michigan Wine, a listing of what's happening now, what's coming up and what's ongoing in the world of Michigan wine! We regularly check 60+ wine websites (and counting) and sift through dozens of weekly press releases to round up what's scheduled around the state. Wineries, if you'd like your event listed, please email us with all of the pertinent information, and we'd be happy to post it. MBTB fans, we hope this serves as your weekly "go-to" guide for finding the best options for getting your Michigan wine on! Cheers! Right... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Southeastern Michiganders can get a taste of Leelanau a little closer to home with the opening of VinBar — a new joint venture between L. Mawby, Good Harbor and Black Star Farms — in downtown Ann Arbor. The collaborative tasting room quietly opened its doors to the public in mid-August at 111 W. Liberty Street, a few doors off of Main Street, and features about two-dozen offerings from the three wineries involved. "Good Harbor, L. Mawby and Black Star Farms had all been thinking about opening up a second — or, in some cases, a third — tasting room in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle