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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 11 hours ago 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 11 hours ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 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 5 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
Increasingly, Michigan is home to more and more brilliant breweries and vibrant vineyards with views of rolling hills, gentle waves, and urban streets. The libations are as varied as the locations; not only do you have ample opportunity to explore the tasty treats being concocted at each locale, but each has something different to offer up as far as gazing is concerned. via www.michigan.org We contributed some of this pics for this recent roundup of great places to "sip and savor Mother Nature" from The Awesome Mitten/Pure Michigan Blog! What would you want to add to the list? Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago 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! This upscale, wine- and food-soaked charity event is set for Saturday, Sept. 27 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, and will feature cuisine by various renowned chefs paired with wines from around the globe. Proceeds and donations benefit the Troy-based Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, a statewide nonprofit that helps families cope with leukemia, lymphoma and related... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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This edition of WIOG features wines we tried during a visit to Chateau Grand Traverse 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! Chateau Grand Traverse 2012 Laika: 100% Gruner Veltliner, dry, lemon pith, lime peel, white pepper, grapefruit peel, grassy, taragon, herbal. Super refreshing and different for a Michigan white. Chateau Grand Traverse 2012 Whole Cluster Riesling: Ripe green apple, peach, dry, good... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The menu is here for our sold out Wok & Wine 7 on Monday, Sept. 15! You can still wait list for this event by calling (586) 843-3690; there's no cost to wait list, and you'll be the first to find out if spaces become available. Wine pairings TBD. First:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 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 Sep 11, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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On the latest episode of MBTB Radio, we chat with Heather Fortin of Bonobo Winery on Old Mission Peninsula, the pending new winery on Old Mission Peninsula helmed by HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse, wife Amy Smart and brother Todd Oosterhouse. Find out more about where the name comes from, when they hope to be open and what the winery will be like 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!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Stephanie Schlatter is an artist, a painter and a storyteller. She loves Michigan...and wine. Her paintings are now featured on bin 616 wine labels for the exclusive Amway Hotel Collection, including Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, JW Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott, and Northern Michigan wineries: Chateau de Leelanau's Muse, Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery's Rosé Fling via www.mlive.com Have you seen Grand Rapids painter Stephanie Schlatter's artwork on a wine bottle or in a winery near you yet? Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 8, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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This edition of WIOG features wines we tried during a visit to 2 Lads Winery 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! 2 Lads 2012 Pinot Noir D. Cuveé: Cocoa, raspberry, black pepper, allspice, cola, black licorice. A highlight of the tasting! 2 Lads 2012 Pinot Noir Cuveé Beatrice: Smokey, ripe raspberry, dark red cherry, blackberry, black pepper, earthy mushroom. 2 Lads 2013... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Sitting outdoors on one of those quintessential Traverse City summer afternoons that are chilly and hot simultaneously, Bryan Ulbrich pours a glass of something special. via intoxreport.com Chris Kassel of Intox Report sits down with Bryan Ulbrich of Left Foot Charley. Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 5, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
As vineyards around the Midwest prepare to bring in their grapes, the record cold winter, late spring and cooler summer will drastically reduce the harvest for certain grape varieties, especially vinifera, in many areas. Grape brokers are reaping the benefits and report a steady increase in sales of Californian grapes and juice to the Midwest. However, some Midwest winemakers are toughing it out and refusing to resort to grapes imported from outside the region. via midwestwinepress.com Ah, more good news, courtesy of the polar vortex. Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 4, 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 4, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Southeastern Michiganders can get a taste of Leelanau a little closer to home with the opening of VinBar — a new joint venture between L. Mawby, Good Harbor and Black Star Farms — in downtown Ann Arbor. The collaborative tasting room quietly opened its doors to the public in mid-August at 111 W. Liberty Street, a few doors off of Main Street, and features about two-dozen offerings from the three wineries involved. "Good Harbor, L. Mawby and Black Star Farms had all been thinking about opening up a second — or, in some cases, a third — tasting room in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Tony Ciccone (Chick own ee), makes wines as easy to enjoy as his name is melodious. As patriarch of the Ciccone clan, Tony directs his wife and two of his children in the production of their award-winning wines. Ciccone Vineyard and Winery, sitting atop one of the Leelanau Peninsula’s prettiest hills, is a family affair. Tony’s wife, Joan Ciccone is the landscape architect and chief cook at the winery. Mario Ciccone, Tony’s son, heads up operations. via midwestwinepress.com Midwest Wine Press checks in on Ciccone Vineyard & Winery on Leelanau Peninsula. Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 3, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
The Northern Michigan wine industry has aged well: since the first experimental vine plantings in the 60s and 70s, more than three dozen Northern Michigan wineries have taken root. The majority of those wineries are located on estate vineyards on the Old Mission Peninsula north of Traverse City and in Leelanau County—two regions where Lake Michigan and other bodies of water moderate otherwise extreme seasonal temperatures. Beyond Old Mission and Leelanau, a small group of innovative newcomers have cropped up at the Tip of the Mitt near Petoskey and Harbor Springs. via mynorth.com Get the rundown on Northern Michigan wine... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 3, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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On the latest episode of MBTB Radio, we chat with Bob Utter of Flying Otter Vineyard & Winery in Adrian. Hear more about their recent expansion and why he's anticipating his best harvest to date, despite the "polar vortex": http://goo.gl/L2yzfS. 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 first two episodes: MBTB Radio, Pilot: Introduction 8.19.14 (26:08) MBTB Radio, Episode 2: Brian Hosmer of Chateau Chantal/Hawthorne (28:48) Feel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Sitting with owner and executive winemaker Charlie Edson on Bel Lago Vineyards and Winery’s tasting room patio on a sunny summer day, it’s easy to appreciate his Italian father-in-law’s inspiration for the name “Bel Lago,” which means beautiful lake in Italian. From the vantage point of a steep hill above the western shore of Lake Leelanau, the view is indeed spectacular—white clouds in a blue sky reflecting onto the bluer waters of the southern end of the lake. via glenarborsun.com The Glen Arbor Sun gives a little love to Charlie & Co. over at Bel Lago Winery! Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 2, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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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 Aug 31, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Winemaker Adam Satchwell talks about the new addition to Shady Lane Cellars on Leelanau Peninsula. Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 30, 2014 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 Aug 29, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle