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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
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On the latest episode of MBTB Radio, we chat with Linda Jones, recently retired program director of the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council, about the past, present and future of Michigan wine. 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, winery owners and other... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
Marie-Chantal Dalese grew up traversing the rich, fertile soil of Old Mission Peninsula. Now she's drawing on her northern Michigan wine country roots to help market the region — and its wine — to a new demographic. Last year, Dalese was named president and CEO of Chateau Chantal, a 65-acre winery and bed-and-breakfast her parents founded in 1983. via www.crainsdetroit.com Marie-Chantal Dalese from Chateau Chantal gets a little love in this Crain's Detroit article! 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 Feb 4, 2016 at Michigan By The Bottle
When it comes to wine, Michigan might not come to the top of the list of wine country destinations. But for Cortney Casey and her husband, Shannon, Michigan doesn’t get the recognition it deserves and they are on a mission to put the wines of the Great Lakes State on the map. In 2009, the husband-and-wife team launched MichiganByTheBottle.com, a website dedicated to wine from Michigan. “We had fallen in love with visiting Michigan wineries and felt like many of them were hidden gems that weren’t getting the recognition they deserved,” says Cortney, a certified sommelier. via www.foodabletv.com Thanks to... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 4, 2016 at Michigan By The Bottle
During October of 1974, the Saturday Evening Post published a “Guide to American Wineries.” This article was probably the first discussion of bonded Midwestern Wineries to appear in a national publication. At the time of the Saturday Evening Post’s article, there were 32 wineries in the Midwest. Ohio’s 12 wineries were by far the most numerous of any Midwestern state during 1974. (Today, there are approximately 1,300 wineries in the Midwestern United States.) Recently, Midwest Wine Press researched the status of some of the “original” Midwest wineries. Some are long gone, but many still remain open for you to visit... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 4, 2016 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 Jan 28, 2016 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Hey, MBTB fans! We'll be incommunicado without internet access Jan. 8-Jan. 19, but we'll be back before you know it with new articles, contests, MBTB Radio podcasts and more. Our weekly event listing, This Weekend in Michigan Wine, will be on hiatus until late January, but you can glance back at the previous editions to see what's coming up. In the meantime, MBTB's Michigan wine community remains alive and well on Facebook even in our brief absence, so don't hesitate to head over there to get your Michigan wine chat on! We'll still have autoposts going on our Facebook page... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Earlier this year, Ryan and Kris Sterkenburg, the owners of Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery, sold their property to a farm market and yak/alpaca farm so they could retire from the wine business. It has been a bittersweet time for us. We've known for quite awhile that the Sterkenburgs have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
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Thanks to everyone who checked out MichiganByTheBottle.com Dec. 12-23 for a chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries! We consulted the trusty random number generator at Random.org to assist us with choosing this year's winners. Click through/scroll down to see the complete list of prizes and winners! Stockings must be claimed by winners by Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, or we will redraw for a new winner. Winners: All you have to do to claim is email us with your mailing address! UPDATED 1/21/16: We had to redraw for one last stocking... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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A new Synergy Riesling Project question is ready for your input! Question 7: What style and color of bottle should Mackinaw Trail use for the Synergy Riesling? Click here to cast your vote. Results from the last two questions: • Should the Riesling be put through malolactic fermentation? (No, 79%) • Should it be a screwcap or cork closure? (Screwcap, 66%) Did you catch MBTB's Cort and Mackinaw Trail's Dustin on WMYD Channel 20 in September? If not, click here to check it out! Did you miss the initial announcement? Click here to see what the Synergy Riesling Project is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 12 contest closed as of 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22. Stay tuned for the winner list! It's Day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 12-23 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... Santa is sick of milk and cookies — he wants you to leave him an adult beverage, and he deserves it, darn it! Which Michigan dessert wine would you set out for Santa, and why? (He's an equal opportunity dessert wine-lover … ice wine, port, sherry, you name... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 11 contest closed as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. Stay tuned for the next question! It's Day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 12-23 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... Santa is still toying with the idea of opening his own winery in Michigan (the one we mentioned during last year's contest). He needs help finding good staff members. Which Michigan wine tasting room employees/managers would you recommend he hire, and why? TO ENTER: Post your answer as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 10 contest closed as of 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. Stay tuned for the next question! It's Day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 12-23 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... After Christmas, Santa also wants to take Mrs. Claus to a Michigan winery that she's never been to before, but he's been so busy that he's a little out of the loop when it comes to Michigan wine news. Which newer Michigan winery (established within the last five... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 9 contest closed as of 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Stay tuned for the next question! It's Day 9 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 12-23 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... As a reward for his elves, Santa plans to take his whole staff on a field trip after Christmas. Today, he's looking for suggestions for a wine trail in Southern Michigan to visit. Which wine trail would you recommend, which wineries on the trail would you suggest they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 8 contest closed as of 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Stay tuned for the next question! It's Day 8 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 12-23 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... As a reward for his elves, Santa plans to take his whole staff on a field trip after Christmas. Today, he's looking for suggestions for a wine trail in Northern Michigan to visit. Which wine trail would you recommend, which wineries on the trail would you suggest they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 7 contest closed as of 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Stay tuned for the next question! It's Day 7 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 12-23 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... Santa's friend Holly is coming to the Christmas Eve Eve feast, but she will only drink fruit wines. Which Michigan fruit wine would you recommend, and why? TO ENTER: Post your answer as a comment on the OFFICIAL Day 7 post on our Facebook page by 10 p.m.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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The holidays are a time for celebration, for decadence, and theoretically, for snow and ice … all of which naturally call to mind ice wines. It's of little surprise that Michigan produces delightful ice wines, considering its reputation for bone-chilling winters. (Polar vortex, anyone?) via www.hourdetroit.com Winter brings to mind ice wine for is (even if there's no actual ice to be seen right now ...) Read more in Cort's December Michigan wine blog for HourDetroit.com! Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 17, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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FYI: TWMW will be on holiday hiatus Dec. 24 and Dec. 31! 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... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 6 contest closed as of 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Stay tuned for the next question! It's Day 6 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 12-23 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... For his Christmas Eve Eve feast, Santa is looking for a great Michigan white to go with his world-famous chicken dish. Which Michigan white would you recommend, and why? TO ENTER: Post your answer as a comment on the OFFICIAL Day 6 post on our Facebook page by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 5 contest closed as of 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. Stay tuned for the next question! It's Day 5 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 12-23 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... Santa's planning a Christmas Eve Eve feast on Dec. 23 for his friends, family and hard-working elves. He plans to serve plenty of Michigan wine, so he needs your help! He's heard it's classy to greet his guests with a glass of sparkling wine, but he can't decide... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 4 contest closed as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. Stay tuned for the next question! It's Day 4 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 12-23 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... Santa wants to impress his buddy Mr. Meriwether — an English major and lover of the written word — by attaching a brief poem about Michigan wine to a bottle he's leaving under Mr. Meriwether's tree. What should Santa write? TO ENTER: Post your answer as a comment... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 3 contest closed as of 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. Stay tuned for the next question! It's Day 3 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 12-23 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... Mrs. Claus has been studying for her certified sommelier designation through the Court of Master Sommeliers! She's a red wine lover, so Santa wants to buy her the very best Michigan red to present to her for when she passes. Which Michigan red would you recommend, and why?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 2 contest closed as of 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Stay tuned for the next question! It's Day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 12-23 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... The Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council knows that Santa's a huge Michigan wine fan, so they've commissioned him to appear on promotional holiday postcards to encourage guests to visit the state's wineries during the wintertime. They've also asked Santa to contribute a slogan for touting Michigan wine... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle
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Day 1 contest closed as of 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Stay tuned for the next question! It's Day 1 of our 12 Days of Christmas contest! Check MichiganByTheBottle.com daily Dec. 12-23 for your chance to win a one of 12 wine-tastic "virtual stockings" containing gifts donated by Michigan wineries. Today's question... We'll start off simple and ease everyone in! Santa is looking forward to returning to Michigan for Christmas, but he's only going to have time to stop at one Michigan winery before he has to dole out gifts to all of the local children. Which Michigan winery should... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at Michigan By The Bottle