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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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
Michigan: that great mitten in the north, home of Motown, Eminem, Little Caesars and some pretty tasty white wine. via www.foodandwine.com Left Foot Charley gets some love in this article in Food & Wine! Are you an LFC fan? Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 10, 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 9, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
It’s not uncommon for casual wine tasters, regulars and the lucky few who stumble upon Brengman Brothers Crain Hill Vineyards to experience gush-worthy hospitality and a gorgeous glassful of Northern Michigan terroir—in fact, it’s the norm. Now, more than a decade in the winemaking industry, Brengman Brothers Crain Hill Vineyards—located on the Leelanau Peninsula just miles north of downtown Traverse City—has made a name for itself, and it’s more than just about the wine. It’s better than expected. via mynorth.com Learn more about Brengman Brothers via MyNorth.com! Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 8, 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 2, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The word spitting brings to mind all kinds of negative connotations. But Lee Lutes will tell you that, when it comes to wine, spitting is not just OK — in many cases, it’s encouraged. Expectorating during tastings is “part of the professional rapport,” says Lutes, winemaker at the Leelanau Peninsula-based Black Star Farms. “It’s a sign that you’ve arrived, that you’re in the know.” via www.hourdetroit.com Pro- or anti-spitting? In her latest HourDetroit.com Michigan wine blog, Cort explores a messy topic. Come discuss on Facebook! Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 1, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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"Do you have any Moscato?" It's a question that send shivers down the spines of wine tasting room employees all over Michigan. Moscato is growing in popularity among women and new wine drinkers across the state (and country). This is evident by the rows of rows of cheap, sweet white wine bearing this label dominating the aisles of supermarkets and party stores. There are parallels to the White Zinfandel craze that swept the nation a decade ago. What's not to like? It's a sweet wine that's easy to drink and is attracting new wine consumers. It's inexpensive and available pretty... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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YESSSSSS ... it's the return of WIOG! The latest edition includes wines we tasted earlier this spring on wine trail visits and 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! Left Foot Charley 2013 Red Drive: Spicy blend of blue and black fruit, soft tannins with lots of black pepper tones. Great simple sipping red. Left Foot Charley 2013 Blaufrankish: Full bodied, complex... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 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 Jun 25, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
Winemakers and wine aficionados will come together for a sandy shindig to celebrate Michigan wine this Saturday at Weko Beach in Bridgman. via www.southbendtribune.com Wish we could make it to this "sandy shindig" — it's a great event! Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 19, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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MichiganByTheBottle.com was established in June 2009, and we're still alive and kicking six years later! We're celebrating our sixth birthday in true MBTB fashion — with a contest, of course! Click through/scroll down to get the details on how to enter this quick-and-easy contest for a chance to wine a MBTB prize pack! Here's how to enter ... 1) "Like" Michigan By The Bottle on Facebook 2) Post photos on OUR Facebook wall that fits the following criteria: Pics you've taken at Michigan wineries on our Facebook wall with a comment about when and where they were taken. (The winery... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 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 Jun 18, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
The Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail is at it again. To celebrate the summer solstice – this year on June 21, when the sun is at its highest point in the sky above the Northern Hemisphere – organization officials have prepared a Summer Solstice Release Party. via www.mlive.com Fun on the Pioneer Wine Trail! Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 12, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
Stephanie Schlatter first came to northern Michigan on her honeymoon 20 years ago. Now the region and its wine country is like her second home. via www.record-eagle.com Our buddy Stephanie Schlatter is on the Michigan wine trail for Project 24! Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 12, 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 Jun 11, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
TRAVERSE CITY – A benchmarking program focused on Michigan wineries and vineyards could help managers hone in on higher profits. Traverse City-based North Coast Ag Advisors, Farm Credit East and Greenstone Farm Credit Services this month combined forces to launch the Michigan Winery & Vineyard Benchmark Program of Michigan. It is modeled on an existing benchmarking program that serves winemakers in the northeast U.S. via www.freep.com A new benchmarking program aims to make Michigan a world-class wine producer. Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 9, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle