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Grand Traverse region wineries won't have much to celebrate come harvest time this year. Sam Simpson, general manager of Good Harbor Vineyards in Lake Leelanau, expects to lose 70 to 90 percent of the vineyards' fruit this year. via www.record-eagle.com More reports on the lingering legacy of the Polar Vortex... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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If you've chatted with us at our Shelby Township store or driven past 29932 Woodward and seen our "coming soon" signs, you might be wondering what the deal is on our pending Royal Oak location. Believe us, we're super excited and eager to get this location up and running. (We've... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago 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 2 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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What's even better than sipping Chateau Chantal wine? How about sipping it along with gourmet food? Every Wednesday through July 30, we're running the Chateau Chantal Wine Dinner Wednesday Giveaway over on our Facebook page, and you could win tickets to an upcoming wine dinner! The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of Wine Dinner Wednesday #3 on July 23 is ... TIMOTHY HUDSON! Congratulations, Timothy! Email us at cort@michiganbythebottle.com within 48 hours (by 9 a.m. Friday, July 23) to claim your prize. (Prizes unclaimed after 48 hours will be redistributed!) We're also still waiting on the winner... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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What's even better than sipping Chateau Chantal wine? How about sipping it along with gourmet food? Every Wednesday through July 30, we're running the Chateau Chantal Wine Dinner Wednesday Giveaway over on our Facebook page, and you could win tickets to an upcoming wine dinner! Today's featured wine: Chateau Chantal Celebrate Sparkling Wine Gold Medal, 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition Semi-dry sparkling wine made from Chardonnay and a splash of red wine. Don’t wait for a special occasion, make one with this strawberry and fruit cocktail scented bubbly! What would you pair with this wine? Head on over to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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In 2012, we launched a new periodic feature, fine/wine/dine, with the goal of exploring the link between fine dining and fine wining in Michigan. We posted one interview ... and then it fell by the wayside, unintentionally, as we got busy with other features. Consider this the resurrection! Today, we check in with Kelly Tocco, assistant general manager and sommelier at Novi Chophouse in (you guessed it) Novi. Tell us a little bit about Novi Chophouse — the menu, ambiance, etc. KT: "USDA Prime steaks and the finest seafood are served in this seductive dining room. Located in the Crowne... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
When Ed O’Keefe looked out over Grand Traverse Bay in 1974 from a high ridge on the Old Mission Peninsula, he saw what no one had seen there before: the perfect terrain for growing Riesling grapes. via www.morningstarpublishing.com More press for the upcoming City of Riesling event in Traverse City! Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Michigan By The Bottle
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The menu for the July 21 Domaine Berrien Cellars Winemaker Dinner, featuring cuisine by Chef Chris Franz of The Rattlesnake Club, is here! (Click on image to view full size.) As of the morning of July 20, there were only a couple of spots left, so give us a ring... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
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If you've spent more than 60 seconds in a winery or wine shop, you're probably familiar with many of the grape varieties of international renown: Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, etc. But what about the more obscure vinifera, or the vast collection of hybrid grapes? MBTB's Grape Glossary checks in with Michigan winemakers to get the scoop on grapes you might encounter around the state that you've never heard of — until now! Today, we check in with Cristin Hosmer of Bel Lago Winery to chat about Auxerrois. What made Auxerrois appealing to Bel Lago? Hosmer: "We love the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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While her peers were tossing back shots in grimy dive bars, Jan Van Maanen took a more sophisticated approach to imbibing as a senior at Michigan State University. via www.hourdetroit.com Cort introduces you to Jan Van Maanen of Hawthorne Vineyards in one of her latest Michigan wine blogs for HourDetroit.com. Have you met Jan yet? Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 17, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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In an informal sense, Traverse City has long been the "city of riesling." Nearly every northern Michigan winery includes at least one riesling in its repertoire, and interpretations of the great grape have netted the state increasing domestic and international acclaim. via www.hourdetroit.com Cort previews the upcoming City of Riesling event in TC in one of her latest Michigan wine blogs for HourDetroit.com. Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 17, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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What's even better than sipping Chateau Chantal wine? How about sipping it along with gourmet food? Every Wednesday through July 30, we're running the Chateau Chantal Wine Dinner Wednesday Giveaway over on our Facebook page, and you could win tickets to an upcoming wine dinner! The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of Wine Dinner Wednesday #2 on July 16 is ... AMANDA FORNAL DOUGLAS! [This is a redraw after the first few winners didn't claim in time!] Congratulations, Amanda! Email us at cort@michiganbythebottle.com within 48 hours (by 9 a.m. Friday, July 23) to claim your prize. (Prizes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 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 Jul 17, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
To an unknowing eye, the living is easy on this early summer weekend at Chateau Grand Traverse. Beside symmetrically undulating rows of riesling under the bright June sky, throngs of thirsty wine tourists load cases into their trunks. In an adjacent warehouse a forklift stacks pallets bound for Monday morning semi transit to markets across the country. Celebrating its 40th anniversary and prospering under the leadership of president Edward (Eddie) O’Keefe III and his brother, vice president Sean O’Keefe, the family’s second generation of oeno-entrepreneurs, Chateau Grand Traverse is ground zero for Northwest Michigan’s exploding wine culture and fast becoming... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 16, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Local beer and booze are great, but what about Michigan wines? Eater Detroit contributor and wine enthusiast Hannah Lowe has the essential information about seven Michigan wineries to add to the "must try" list for summer. via detroit.eater.com What are your "must try" Michigan wines? Come chat with us about it on our Facebook page! Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 16, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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What's even better than sipping Chateau Chantal wine? How about sipping it along with gourmet food? Every Wednesday through July 30, we're running the Chateau Chantal Wine Dinner Wednesday Giveaway over on our Facebook page, and you could win tickets to an upcoming wine dinner! Today's featured wine: Chateau Chantal 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling Silver Medal, 2014 L.A. International Wine Competition A bright structure and hint of sweetness combine to make this wine wonderful to enjoy. This Riesling expresses mineral notes of flint, slate, and steel with fruit characters of grapefruit and Granny Smith apple. What would you pair with this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Mackinaw Trail Winery has come a long way since owner Ralph Stabile began producing wine out of his Upper Peninsula garage. Learn about Mackinaw Trail's newest digs in Petoskey, and how the winery has evolved over the years to join the ranks of Michigan's largest wineries. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
Thank you to everyone who's expressed interest in how our Royal Oak store is coming along! For all of you who were looking for an update, here's the latest, as of July 11: We were unanimously approved by the Royal Oak City Commission on April 21. The commissioners were very... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Behind the Bar @ MBTB Tasting Room
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What's even better than sipping Chateau Chantal wine? How about sipping it along with gourmet food? Every Wednesday through July 30, we're running the Chateau Chantal Wine Dinner Wednesday Giveaway over on our Facebook page, and you could win tickets to an upcoming wine dinner! The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of Wine Dinner Wednesday #1 on July 9 is ... SARAH BECKER of Chesterfield Township! Congratulations, Sarah! Email us at cort@michiganbythebottle.com within 48 hours to claim your prize. (Prizes unclaimed after 48 hours will be redistributed!) Don't be disheartened if you entered but didn't win! We'll... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 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 Jul 10, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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What's even better than sipping Chateau Chantal wine? How about sipping it along with gourmet food? Every Wednesday through July 30, we're running the Chateau Chantal Wine Dinner Wednesday Giveaway over on our Facebook page, and you could win tickets to an upcoming wine dinner! Today's featured wine: Chateau Chantal 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve Pinot Gris Gold Medal, 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition Sandra Silfven, Detroit News: "This fruit cocktail of lime, tangerine, mango and green apple is so big and tropical, I doubt tasters would ever associate it with Michigan's usual cool-climate wines. The palate silky, dry and minerally,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
"Hey, it smells like Syrah and Pinot Noir!" Syrah meets Pinot Noir in this aptly named 2013 Syrah Pinot Noir from Mackinaw Trail Winery. We also dish on Mackinaw Trail's new(ish) facility in Petoskey and Shannon gets a pat on the head for being a Yooper. Are you a Mackinaw Trail and/or Syrah and/or Pinot Noir fan? (Or just a fan of dry red blends in general?) Come talk about it. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
These American Rieslings not only are good values but also show the grape’s versatility throughout the United States. Riesling fans should seek out the Eroica, from Chateau Ste. Michelle and Ernst Loosen, and Poet’s Leap, a similar Washington-Germany joint venture. Brooks, Chehalem and Trisateum are excellent Oregon producers. via m.washingtonpost.com Chateau Grand Traverse's Whole Cluster Riesling made the list of the Washington Post's five great American Rieslings! Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 7, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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What's even better than sipping Chateau Chantal wine? How about sipping it along with gourmet food? Every Wednesday for four straight weeks — July 9, 16, 23 and 30 — we're running the Chateau Chantal Wine Dinner Wednesday Giveaway over on our Facebook page, and you could win tickets to an upcoming wine dinner! It's easy to enter: We'll be posting the details on a specific Chateau Chantal wine and asking you what food you would pair with it if you were organizing a wine dinner. It's all opinion-based — there's no right or wrong answer! Players will be entered... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle
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This edition of WIOG features yet more wines we tried during the Michigan Wine Showcase in April. (Come on, Shannon, let's get going on these tasting notes, huh? Sheesh!) 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! Fenn Valley 2012 Meritage: Still young, ripe blackberry, raspberry, hints of cocoa. — Shannon Fenn Valley 2013 Riesling: Big minerality, limestone, chalk, ripe pear, yellow apple, citrus explosion. — Shannon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Michigan By The Bottle