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On the latest episode of MBTB Radio, we chat with Gerry Baker, sommelier at The Stand Gastro Bistro in Birmingham, about expanding Michigan wine on the restaurant's wine list and the Court of Master Sommeliers program. 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 Chantal/Hawthorne... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Michigan By The Bottle
Last year's brutal winter has left Michigan wine makers with few reasons to pop corks. Whining about wine isn't in Holly Balansag's nature, but the co-owner and winemaker of Sandhill Crane Vineyard in Jackson has cause for complaint. via www.detroitnews.com Hopefully this time next year, we'll be talked about what an excellent harvest there was in 2015... Continue reading
Reblogged 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 6 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 Oct 9, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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If you're a longtime reader of Michigan By The Bottle, you might remember our weekly feature, many moons ago, called Michigan Wine Lover of the Week. It was exactly what it sounded like: Each week, we highlighted a different Michigan wine lover and asked them about their favorite wines and wineries, how they got into Michigan wine, etc. After awhile, it fell by the wayside. But starting today, we're resurrecting the concept as a monthly feature. The only prerequisite is loving Michigan wine, so if you're interested in filling out the questionnaire, drop us a line! Without further ado, we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
The rough winter of 2013-2014 was not kind to Michigan grapes. And we're going to see that in the wine grape crop this year. via michiganradio.org ♪♫♪ "First I was afraid, I was petrified ..." ♪♫♪ Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 7, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
First the cherry crop, then peaches and apples and now there is an unappetizing forecast for Michigan’s wine grape crop. via www.macombdaily.com Cort gets a cameo in the photo for another article on that topic all of us Michigan wine lovers groan over ... here's a hint, it starts with a "p" and a "v." Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 7, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
What’s surprising about Michigan Sauvignon Blanc? That so few Michigan wineries produce wines from this fascinating versatile and aromatic varietal is really quite surprising. The Wolverine State makes much more white wine than red wine but very little Sauvignon Blanc. Why? via midwestwinepress.com Raise your hand if you love Sauv Blanc! Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 6, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Growing numbers of Midwest wineries are going where very few bars and restaurants in the United States have gone before – encouraging customers to bring their dogs. The move is attracting visits from both dog owning, day-tripping tourists and local dog owners with their Patch or Lassie. via midwestwinepress.com Have you brought your dog to a winery before? Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 6, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The menu is here for our first-ever Rise & Shine Wine Brunch with Chef Chris Franz of The Rattlesnake Club on Saturday, Oct. 11! Enjoy a multi-course gourmet brunch paired with creative "wine cocktails" using MBTB Tasting Room wines. Guests will get the recipes for all of the drinks, too!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
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Just a few spots left for Pizzapalooza with Detroit Style Pizza Co. on Monday! Call (586) 843-3690 to register with payment. Pairings TBA, but here's the menu ... - Garden Tossed Salad with Italian and Ranch on the side - Smoked Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza - Mediterranean Gyro Pizza - Margherita... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
Last winter's harsh weather has cut the state's wine grape crop in half, the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council announced today. Devastatingly low temperatures ravaged vineyards in Berrien, Van Buren, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties, plus a frozen Lake Michigan meant no warming winds, which vintners need for a decent crop. Cooler weather also means more bugs attacking the vines and the mild, wet summer delayed the already smaller crop from ripening. via www.freep.com Insert frowny face here. Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 2, 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 Oct 2, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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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 Oct 1, 2014 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 Sep 30, 2014 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 Sep 28, 2014 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 Sep 26, 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 25, 2014 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 Sep 24, 2014 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 Sep 24, 2014 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