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It's Day 5 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 13-24 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... Mrs. Claus is planning a ladies' night while Santa is out distributing gifts. One of her friends will only drink dessert wines. Which Michigan dessert wine would you recommend Mrs. Claus pick up for the occasion, and why? TO ENTER: Post your answer as a comment on the OFFICIAL Day 5 post on our Facebook page by 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, for your chance... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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On the latest episode of MBTB Radio, we chat with Brian Lesperance, winemaker at Fenn Valley Vineyards & Wine Cellar, about their wide range of wines, their upcoming events and the unique characteristics of their Fennville sub-AVA. 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 winemakers,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Michigan By The Bottle
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The deadline for Day 4 was 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16. Stay tuned for Day 5! It's Day 4 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 13-24 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... Santa's sister Carol recently announced that she was a "bubblehead." Santa, who had never heard the term, was a bit alarmed at first, but after talking to Larry Mawby, he learned that it was a term for someone who enjoys sparkling wine. Which Michigan sparkling wine should Santa pick... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Michigan By The Bottle
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The deadline for Day 3 was 10 p.m. Dec. 15. Stay tuned for Day 4! It's Day 3 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 13-24 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... What would you recommend Santa call his new winery, and what should he name his house red and his house white? TO ENTER: Post your answer as a comment on the OFFICIAL Day 3 post on our Facebook page by 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, for your chance to earn... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 2 is closed as of 10 p.m. Dec. 14. Check back for Day 3! It's Day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 13-24 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... In his free time, Santa is adding a winery onto his workshop. He's thinking about hiring a tasting room manager, tasting room employee or winemaker from a Michigan winery because he knows they're such hard workers and are so enthusiastic about their craft. Who would you recommend he hire and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 1 is closed as of 10 p.m. Dec. 3. Check back for tomorrow's contest! It's Day 1 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 13-24 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... Ho ho ho! Last year, Santa became quite the Michigan wine connoisseur, and now he's back and ready for more! One of Santa's favorite gift recipients has asked him to bring her a bottle of Michigan's best red and best white. Which wines would you suggest he put under her... Continue reading
Posted 4 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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"Tis the season of giving, so here's our gift to you: The fourth annual Michigan By The Bottle 12 Days of Christmas Contest! It's super simple to enter. Every day from Saturday, Dec. 13, through Wednesday, Dec. 24, we'll be posting a different Michigan wine question on the website. Respond daily for your chance to win one of 12 "virtual stockings," chock full of great prizes donated by Michigan wineries! Here's how it works... Each morning, Dec. 13-24, we'll post an opinion-based wine question on the website. You'll have until 10 p.m. EST that night to answer that day's question... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Villa Mari, the mostly underground winery and tasting room under construction on Old Mission Peninsula, has scored its head winemaker – a member of the "first family of Old Mission wine" from the 40-year-old Chateau Grand Traverse (CGT) just up the road. Sean O’Keefe, part of the family winery founded by his father Ed O’Keefe Jr., since 1998 and a champion of Riesling wines, is leaving the family business to head up winemaking operations at Marty Lagina’s new Villa Mari on January 1. via www.traverseticker.com Sean O'Keefe of Chateau Grand Traverse is making a move — from "freelance" winemaker at... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 8, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Reporters, bloggers and other media folks: Looking for a press kit on the opening of our second location in Royal Oak? Click here to download a PDF version. You also can click here to read our "Meet MBTB Tasting Room" blog to learn more about us. For questions or technical... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 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 Dec 4, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Thanks to all who participated in our Show & Tell Thanksgiving Contest — we loved seeing what you were sipping with your holiday dinner! The randomly drawn winner was ... KATE NEESE! Kate, please drop us an email at cort@michiganbythebottle.com to claim your prize. Stay tuned to MichiganByTheBottle.com for more contests coming up ... and click through/keep reading to see a cool collage of all of the Thanksgiving pics submitted! Your Thanksgiving selections ... cheers to Michigan wine! Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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It's Partner Winery Wednesday! Each week, we'll be highlighting a different Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room partner winery. Today's is Chateau de Leelanau, located on Leelanau Peninsula, just outside of Traverse City. There are now more than 25 (!!!) wineries on Leelanau Peninsula, so it's a fantastic place to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
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Happy Thanksgiving! It wouldn't be a holiday around here without a giveaway — am I right? So we're throwing a quick-and-easy prize opportunity your way as a way to give thanks for our MBTB fans! It's super simple: 1. Snap a pic of the Michigan wine(s) you're serving/drinking with your Thanksgiving meal. 2. Post the pic on our Facebook page anytime on Thanksgiving day (by 11:59 p.m.) and tell us why you picked that particular wine. 3. You'll be entered to win MBTB prizes! Winner will be drawn randomly via the trusty random number generator. Must be at least 21... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The notion of visiting Michigan wine country often calls to mind images of leafy green vines, plump purple grapes, and sun-soaked patios. But even as the temperatures drop, snow blankets the vineyards, and the vines go dark and leafless for the winter, Michigan wine country is still a worthwhile vacation destination — some argue it’s an even better time. via www.hourdetroit.com In Cort's latest Michigan wine blog for HourDetroit.com, wine lovers weigh in on why visiting wineries during the winter can be even better than during the busy season. Do you agree? Come discuss on our Facebook page! Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 24, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Since we're finishing up prep work on our second Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room location in Royal Oak (yay!), we weren't able to attend the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival this weekend (boo). But "On the Michigan Wine Trail" artist Stephanie Schlatter kindly volunteered to act as our "correspondent" at the event. Keep reading to check out her photo travel diary! (Also, if you snapped a pic with Stephanie during the event, click here to find out how to enter our GR Wine Fest contest through 12 p.m. Nov. 23!) We arrived with bells on. Eager... Continue reading
Posted Nov 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 Nov 20, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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With our new location in Royal Oak opening soon, we know we'll have a lot of first-time visitors coming through our doors. And since we don't exactly fit the standard mold — we're sort of a wine shop crossed with a wine bar — we wanted to take the opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
Did you know that Michigan grows more than 50 different grape varieties? As you’re planning your holiday menu, there’s sure to be one variety that suits your fancy. Guest blogger Karel Bush from the Michigan Wine and Grape Industry Council shares some Pure Michigan wine pairings for your Thanksgiving meal. via www.michigan.org Get some holiday pairing inspiration from Karel Bush of the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council! Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 19, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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It's Partner Winery Wednesday! Each week, we'll be highlighting a different Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room partner winery. Today's is Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery, located on Leelanau Peninsula, just outside of Traverse City. There are now more than 25 (!!!) wineries on Leelanau Peninsula, so it's a fantastic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
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Since we're finishing up prep work on our second Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room location in Royal Oak (yay!), we won't be able to attend the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival this weekend (boo). We're pretty bummed about it — this is the first year in many that we won't be there, and it's a fantastic event! But on the bright side, "On the Michigan Wine Trail" artist Stephanie Schlatter has volunteered to act as our "correspondent" on Friday night! She'll be snapping pics of all of the action, which we'll be sharing here and on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
In 1987 the first Advanced Course and Master's Exam were conducted in the U.S. in Monterey, California. That year Madeline Triffon was one of five candidates who passed the Advanced Exam only to take the Master’s Examination the very next day. She alone passed all three parts of the Master’s Exam and in doing so became the first American woman to become a Master Sommelier as well as the first ever to win the Krug Cup. via www.timgaiser.com Read more about the fantastic Madeline Triffon, one of only a handful of master sommeliers living in Michigan and, even more impressively,... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 16, 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 Nov 13, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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It's Partner Winery Wednesday! Each week, we'll be highlighting a different Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room partner winery. Today's is Peninsula Cellars, located on Old Mission Peninsula, just outside of Traverse City. There are eight wineries on Old Mission Peninsula, and — with Grand Traverse Bay on both sides... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 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 Nov 6, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle