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The second question for the Synergy Riesling Project is up! Question 2: In terms of sweetness, what style should this Riesling be? a) Dry b) Medium Dry c) Semi Sweet d) Sweet (Late Harvest) Click here to cast your vote, and tune in later this week for the results! And Metro Detroiters: Set your DVRs for 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, when MBTB's Cortney Casey and Mackinaw Trail's Dustin Stabile are scheduled to be on the WMYD Channel 20 morning show talking about the Synergy Riesling Project! Did you miss the initial announcement? Click here to see what the Synergy... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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The first week of voting for the Synergy Riesling Project is in the books! Question 1: Should the Riesling be handpicked or machine-harvested? Results: Hand-picked: 64% Machine-harvested: 36% Tune in Monday, Aug. 31, for the next Synergy question! And Metro Detroiters: Set your DVRs for 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, when MBTB's Cortney Casey and Mackinaw Trail's Dustin Stabile are scheduled to be on the WYMD Channel 20 morning show talking about the Synergy Riesling Project! Did you miss the initial announcement? Click here to see what the Synergy Riesling Project is all about! 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 5 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
When you think of Michigan’s wine country, you probably think of the vineyards in places like Traverse City or the Leelanau Peninsula. But while the sandy soil along the lakeshore is where most of the state’s wine grapes are grown, there are plenty of wineries in other parts of the state. Burgdorf’s Winery in Haslett is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. via wkar.org Happy anniversary to Burgdorf's Winery! Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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Have you always wanted to make wine but didn't want to get your hands dirty, figure out chemical equations, invest in tanks and bottles, etc.? We've got the next best thing for you! We're teaming up with our friends at Mackinaw Trail Winery on the Synergy Riesling Project, which will let YOU build Michigan's first "crowd-sourced" wine! Over the next few months, keep checking our social media and website for links to questions that will determine various facets of a new Mackinaw Trail Riesling. The final outcome will be determined entirely by Michigan wine lovers! Along the way, Mackinaw Trail... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The wine just kept coming, red after red after red. As the servers started setting the glasses on our table, we fussily arranged them into neat arcs. But after a while, we gave up our attempts at organization, forced to overlap rows as the glasses just kept arriving. It was a great "problem" to have. The 17 wines that ended up in front of each judge on the afternoon of Aug. 11 represented one of the largest flights ever to ascend to the Best in Class Dry Red phase of the Michigan Wine Competition. via www.hourdetroit.com In her latest Michigan... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 14, 2015 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 13, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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On the latest episode of MBTB Radio, we chat with Master Sommelier Ron Edwards about the Court of Master Sommeliers (it's super cool, trust us) and what Michigan's "signature grape" should be. You can listen in by clicking here. (BTW, check out more info on Ron at BottleRocketeers.com.) 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! Check out our previous episodes here and feel free to drop us a line and let... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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MBTB's Cort is thrilled and honored to be a judge at the 2015 Michigan Wine Competition in East Lansing on Aug. 11! Travel with her virtually on Facebook and on Instagram to get a behind the scenes look at this awesome annual showdown of Michigan wines. Plus, don't forget to get your tickets to the Michigan Wine Competition's Gold Medal Reception on Aug. 20, where you can taste all of the Best in Class, Double Gold and Gold medal wines along with tasty food. We'll be there, and we can't wait to meet you! Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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And the randomly drawn winner of our Vineyard to Bay 25k Giveaway is ... JASON DAVIDSON! Congratulations, Jason — you have until 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, to claim the prize by emailing cort@michiganbythebottle.com. Thank you to the folks for Vineyard to Bay 25k for offering up this space as a prize, and for being one of our current advertising sponsors on MichiganByTheBottle.com! Spots are still available for the Vineyard to 25k race event on Aug. 23, which includes a 25k, 15k/10k relay and 5k run, all winding through Leelanau County wine country before ending on the beach in Suttons... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Calling all wine-loving runners! The folks at the Vineyard to Bay 25k have generously offered up a free registration to the race for the winner of a Michigan By The Bottle contest! Scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23, the race event includes a 25k, 15k/10k relay and 5k run, all winding through Leelanau County wine country before ending on the beach in Suttons Bay. Click through/scroll down for details on the race, how to enter our contest, and how to register on your own! Enter to Win Race Registration It's easy to enter and easy to win — as with all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 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 6, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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With the ubiquity of “value” brands like Kim Crawford, it’s become a no brainer for the average consumer to breeze into a restaurant and order sauvignon blanc. “Why can’t dry riesling be the thing that people just walk right in and ask for?” says Amanda Danielson, an advanced sommelier and proprietor of The Franklin and Trattoria Stella restaurants in Traverse City. “So many people walk in and say, ‘Hey, I'll have a pinot grigio.’ ‘Hey, I’ll have a chardonnay.’ ‘Hey, I’ll have a sauvignon blanc.’ But rarely does someone walk in and say, ‘Hey, I want a dry riesling.’ ”... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 5, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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On the latest episode of MBTB Radio, we chat with Karel Bush, promotion specialist with the Michigan Grape & Wine Competition, about the 2015 Michigan Wine Competition on Aug. 11 and the Gold Medal Reception on Aug. 20. 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! Check out our previous episodes here and feel free to drop us a line and let us know which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
It’s a red, white and rose tradition in our state: the annual Michigan Wine Competition. About a thousand bottles of the state’s best vintages have come case by case to Lansing in advance of the August 11 event. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has a preview. via wkar.org The 2015 Michigan Wine Competition is coming up fast! Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 2, 2015 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 Jul 30, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
Coenraad Stassen is the South African winemaker of Brys Estate on the Old Mission Peninsula (OMP) and although he makes some very good white and rosé wines his genius is crafting sophisticated red wines in this climate that at first glance (think sub-arctic conditions last winter and the one before) seems seriously unsuited to the production of good red wine. via www.stuartpigott.de Stuart Pigott gives the wines of 2 Lads and Brys Estate a whirl! Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 29, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The latest edition includes wines we tasted earlier this spring at Aurora Cellars on Leelanau Peninsula and from Fenn Valley at the Michigan Wines Showcase. 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! Aurora 2011 Sparkling Brut: Full of yeasty goodness, toasty, bready, hints of green apple. Roasted nutty tones. Aurora 2011 Brut Rosé : Big fruit, without being sweet. Yeasty. Watermelon and strawberry. Aurora 2013 Barrel-Fermented... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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We'll be at City of Riesling in Traverse City, July 26-27! We hope you can join us there in person (hit up the link above for tickets), but if not, you can travel with us virtually! We'll be Facebooking and Instagramming live from the events. Cheers! Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
Had I just experienced a Close Encounter of the Third Kind? No, what you can see above is the spectacular central space of the deepest level of the Mari Vineyards cellars, from which the three arms of the Mari Vineyards barrel cellar radiate. This is just one of the features that make this dramatic structure put every other winery I’ve seen east of the rockies in the shade. via www.stuartpigott.de Stuart Piggott, in town for City of Riesling, gives us a glimpse of in-progress Mari Vineyards and shows Black Star Farms a little love. Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 23, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
There are few things better than picnic food paired with wine on a hot summer day, Pioneer Wine Trail enthusiasts claim. To celebrate the "dog days of summer" organization officials have prepared a self-driving tour of Jackson area wineries dubbed The Wine Days of Summer. via www.mlive.com Fun on the Pioneer Wine Trail! Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 23, 2015 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 Jul 23, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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On the latest episode of MBTB Radio, we chat with Amanda Danielson, advanced sommelier and proprietress of Trattoria Stella and The Franklin restaurants in Traverse City, and Sean O'Keefe, winemaker at Old Mission Peninsula's Mari Vineyards. As the founders of the City of Riesling event, they discuss how and why the event got started and what to expect during this year's festivities, set for July 26-27 in TC. 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 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 Jul 16, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The latest edition includes wines we tasted earlier this spring at Bonobo Winery on Old Mission Peninsula. 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! Bonobo 2013 Pinot Blanc: Floral, white lily, lemon zest, apple blossom, pineapple core. One of the most floral Pinot Blancs that I've tasted. Bonobo 2013 Chardonnay Stainless: Ripe melon, fresh apricot, fruit salad. Bonobo Chardonnay Select: Aged in stainless steel and French... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle