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This edition of WIOG features wines we tried during our trip to Traverse City 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! Left Foot Charley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc: Grass-tastic aroma, ripe grapefruit, white pepper; reminiscent of a New Zealand style. Left Foot Charley 2012 Pinot Gris (MacDonald Vineyard): Peach, creme brulee, white lilies, vanilla; rich and luscious. Verterra 2012 Rosé: Pinot Noir; strawberry, cherry,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Michigan By The Bottle
Winemaker Adam Satchwell talks about the new addition to Shady Lane Cellars on Leelanau Peninsula. Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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In the latest edition of "New to the Scene," owner Kirk Jones and winemaker Matt Frollo give us the scoop on rapidly expanding St. Ambrose Cellars in Benzie County, which has found its niche in mead production. What's the story behind the name of your winery? St Ambrose is the Patron Saint of Bee Keepers. This fits in with our parent company, Sleeping Bear Farms. Though we produce grape wines as well, our focus is primarily on honey-based meads made from the honey we harvest through Sleeping Bear Farms. What should people know about your winery and your tasting room?... Continue reading
Posted 3 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 4 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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We're excited and grateful to be receiving some press regarding our upcoming second location at 29932 Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak! Check out a few of the articles so far... • D Business News (8.25.14): Collaborative Wine Tasting Room Expands into Royal Oak • Traverse City Record-Eagle (8.26.14): Verterra, 2... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
Reporters and bloggers: Looking for a press kit on our pending second location in Royal Oak? Click here to download a PDF version: [Download Mbtbtrpressfactsforweb82714] Thank you for your interest! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
The Lawton Heritage Muse-um, which is found in the the Lawton Lions Community Center, 646 N. Nursery Street, is hosting the 23rd Annual “Best of Michi-gan” Wine Tasting Event on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event features award-winning wines from 15 Michigan wineries and is the sole fund raising activity for the Museum. via www.pawpawcourierleader.com Check out this annual event! Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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We're excited to introduce a new feature on MichiganByTheBottle.com: MBTB Radio! We've had a blast filming video podcasts over the last several years, and we'll still be posting them occasionally, but we're revved up to be experimenting with a slightly different format. If you're sick of seeing our ugly mugs on your screen (we know the feeling) and/or just don't have the time or inclination to watch videos, this new audio podcast is for you. We felt this would be a great way to bring guests from throughout the Michigan wine industry onto our podcasts (since we can rarely host... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
Northern Michigan wine runs through Jay Briggs’ veins. Descended from grandparents who met when picking grapes in the Lake Michigan Shore district, Jay Briggs studied viticulture and oenology at Michigan State before coming North to intern at Black Star Farms, manage vineyards at Shady Lane and in 2013 take over as cellar master and winemaker at Forty-Five North. We catch Jay, cab franc cluster in hand, to talk about the grape’s relevance to local wine culture and what to drink it with. The following interview was first featured in the November 2013 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. via mynorth.com... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 22, 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 Aug 21, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
My recent visit to the Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas in northwest Michigan led to me Lansing, where I helped judge the 37th annual Michigan wine competition. Michigan’s emergence into our wine consciousness seems too recent for the state to have had a competition for 37 years, but maybe I just don’t want to admit that would be about when I graduated high school. via dmwineline.wordpress.com Reflections on the 2014 Michigan Wine Competition from Dave McIntyre. Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 20, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Lush vineyards, with grapes plumping up in preparation for harvest await runners, walkers and wine lovers at the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA) Harvest Stompede, set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7. via www.morningstarpublishing.com Get ready to run! Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 20, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Looking for the best bottles of Michigan wines? The state's Grape and Wine Industry Council in an award ceremony last week recognized eight wines that topped the annual competition with "best of class" awards. via www.mlive.com MLive reports from the Michigan Wine Competition. Did any of your favorite wineries take home medals? Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 19, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
"It's like, total pick up a river rock and stuff it up your nose." We talk unique varietals as we taste through Waterfire Vineyards' 2012 Gruner Veltliner. (BTW: We updated the retail price on the video, but for some reason, YouTube didn't fix it ... grr. It's $22.) Are you a Waterfire Vineyards and/or Gruner Veltliner fan? Come talk about it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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We are thrilled to announce that the Royal Oak Zoning Board of Appeals, upon reconsideration of our parking variance request, voted 7-1 at their Aug. 14 meeting to approve the variance, paving the way for work to proceed on our second location! We've been working on the state licensing and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
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This edition of WIOG features wines we tried at the Michigan Wine Showcase in April and during our trip to Traverse City in June. 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! Verterra 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir: Strawberry, clove, spicey, mineral-driven, full mouthfeel. Wyncroft 2008 Chardonnay, Avonlea Vineyard: Creme brulee, big and bold, melon, vanilla bean, tremendous mouthfeel. This has aged brilliantly! Marland 2013 Rosé of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 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 Aug 14, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
"When it comes to rosés, we're a house divided." Shannon practically salivates all over the camera as we taste through the 2012 Rosé of Cabernet Franc from Forty-Five North. Are you a Forty-Five North and/or dry rosé fan? Come talk about it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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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 Justin King, wine director at Red Haven Farm to Table in Okemos. Tell us a little bit about Red Haven — the menu, ambiance, etc. JK: "Red Haven opened in Okemos in fall 2012. The general philsophy, I pulled from the website: 'Our philosophy is simple: Local First. We developed Red Haven to showcase the best of what Michigan offers in our food, drinks and décor. We work directly with the farmers who grow the food and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA) will award the first Bruce Simpson Winemaker Scholarships to 4 recipients next Tuesday. via eatdrinktc.com What a great way to remember the late Bruce Simpson! Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 11, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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This edition of WIOG features wines we tried at the Michigan Wine Showcase in April (yup, still working our way through these notes — there were a ton of wines there!). 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! L. Mawby 2005 Mille: Spent 7 years on yeast; smooth, yeasty, doughy, apple, earthy. Laurentide 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé: Off-dry, strawberry shortcake, good balance of acidity. Leelanau Cellars... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
As the farmed cherry harvest in Michigan is finishing up, viticulturists are preparing to collect grapes in a couple of weeks. Michigan’s wine industry is in a state of steady growth. via wkar.org More reports from the Michigan Wine Competition this week, complete with an unflattering pic of Cort sampling, ha! Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 9, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Last month I reviewed recent winery additions on Leelanau Peninsula. A few miles away, across the West Bay, lies the equally picturesque Old Mission Peninsula, a narrow, rolling finger of land: 19 miles long and up to four miles wide. Jutting out into the moderating waters of Grand Traverse Bay, the marine influence, glacial soils and rolling hills make this one of the grape-friendliest places in the state. via www.lansingcitypulse.com Michael Brenton hits up Old Mission Peninsula for Lansing City Pulse. What's your favorite OMP winery? Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 8, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The menu is here for Vegan Food & Wine Pairing with The Clean Plate on Aug. 12! Wine pairings TBD. This event is sold out, but give us a ring at (586) 843-3690 if you'd like to wait list! Michigan salad: Local greens topped with roasted beets, white beans, cucumber,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
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Two decades ago, Tasters Guild International President Joe Borrello wrote that Michigan wineries should stick to what they were good at — namely, whites. Judging for the 2014 Michigan Wine Competition at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing Aug. 5, Borrello acknowledged a shift in sentiment since. via www.hourdetroit.com Cort got a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Michigan Wine Competition as a guest judge Aug. 5. Check out the details on her latest entry as HourDetroit.com's Michigan wine blogger. (Plus: Taste all of the Best in Class, Double Gold and Gold wines at the Gold Medal Reception on... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 7, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle