8 great ways to celebrate Michigan Wine Month

May has been proclaimed Michigan Wine Month by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. According to the official proclamation, Michigan's wine and wine grape industry contributes $5.4 billion in economic impact. That includes a whopping $253 million in tourism spending. It also supports more than 47,000 jobs. That makes it an industry worth honoring, and let’s face it, there are

8 great ways to celebrate Michigan Wine Month2022-05-01T14:25:17-04:00

Michigan’s 8 notable wine trails

May is Michigan Wine Month and a great time to explore the budding greenery of the countryside. Why not pair your weekend retreat with some fine wine? Michigan’s flourishing grape industry is not only producing more award-winning wines than ever before, it has sprouted a booming addition to our tourism industry. While wineries and tasting rooms can

Michigan’s 8 notable wine trails2021-05-07T12:25:15-04:00

Discover Michigan’s cheesiest trail

Wisconsin may be known for as the land of Cheeseheads, but that doesn’t mean it’s cornered the market on making or selling cheese, glorious cheese. In fact, it should come as no surprise that a state with well over 1,200 dairy farms, there is in fact, a Michigan cheese trail. If you are a cheese lover, then

Discover Michigan’s cheesiest trail2021-08-24T22:52:37-04:00

Winetasting in the age of COVID

Traditionally this is a wonderful time of year to make a visit to your favorite winery, or explore a wine trail, and this year is no exception. Grapes are ripening, the air is getting crisper, leaves are starting to change color…oh, and there’s wine! However, COVID-19 has changed the usual procedures so it’s best to prepare and

Winetasting in the age of COVID2020-09-03T13:20:24-04:00

Black Star Farms Earns 2 Best of Class titles at national wine competition

The 13th American Fine Wine Competition is in the books and the Best of Class list includes not one, but two entries from Black Star Farms out of Suttons Bay. The winery’s 2017 Arcturos Sauvignon Blanc captured top honors, and its 2017 Semi Dry Riesling maintained the top spot for the second year in a row. Black

Black Star Farms Earns 2 Best of Class titles at national wine competition2020-03-04T13:43:18-05:00

Planning the perfect Northern Michigan girls getaway

Stock up on snacks, pick a meeting place, fill the tank, and hit the road. There are few things I enjoy more than a road trip, especially when it involves some of my favorite people. Such was the case recently, when my high school friends and I headed up north for a long overdue winetasting weekend. Winter

Planning the perfect Northern Michigan girls getaway2020-03-04T13:48:45-05:00

12 things to do in Michigan in December 2019

The holiday season is all about festivities and starting 2020 off on a magical note, like our 12 things to do in Michigan in December 2019. Dec 1-31 Premium Pour – Leelanau Peninsula Toast the year’s most festive season along the Leelanau Peninsula. During the month of December, guests may taste a wide selection of the best

12 things to do in Michigan in December 20192021-08-24T20:40:40-04:00

5 scrumptious ways to drink your apples

It’s apple harvesting season, and there’s nothing quite like biting into one of these sweet, crispy fruits of fall. That is of course, unless you take advantage of one of the many other scrumptious ways to drink in all that flavor. About half of the more than 20 million Michigan apples harvested each year, are processed into

5 scrumptious ways to drink your apples2020-03-04T14:42:58-05:00

Michigan wine competition serves up top prizes

Winemakers and oenophiles from both peninsulas gathered yesterday for the state’s ultimate celebration of fermented grapes in their many forms. The Gold Medal Reception for the Michigan Wine Competition was held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University. Guests at the annual event were invited to experience the best Michigan

Michigan wine competition serves up top prizes2020-03-04T14:35:06-05:00

Michigan Beverage Garden

The Michigan Beverage Garden is located in Town Square across from the famous clock and Marquis Theatre. Anyone may enter the area at no cost to enjoy the live entertainment and Faygo soft drinks. For those 21 and over, wishing to partake of a Michigan-made beer or wine, wristbands and tickets are available for purchase. Michigan Beverage

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Winetasting Terminology

For some of us, winetasting can be a bit intimidating. Knowing common terms can help. Here are some of the most commonly-used words by oenophiles. Acidity — the liveliness and crispness in wine that activates our salivary glands Aging — holding wine in barrels, tanks, and bottles to advance them to a more desirable state Astringent — tasting term noting the harsh, bitter,

Winetasting Terminology2018-05-14T07:53:12-04:00

Michigan’s oldest winery expands

Paw Paw’s St. Julian Winery, Michigan’s oldest and longest-operating winery, has set its sights on expansion. The company has announced plans to open two new tasting locations this year according to Nancie Oxley, Vice President and Winemaker. “This is an exciting time for St. Julian as we continue to increase our overall wine and spirits production as well

Michigan’s oldest winery expands2020-03-04T14:27:27-05:00

Best ways to celebrate Michigan wine month

While much of the libation attention in the state in recent years has been on the enormous growth in popularity and quality of the craft beer industry, our wineries have earned high acclaim as well. For example, earlier this year, Wine Enthusiast magazine chose Michigan as the only U.S. state on its global list of “Wine Regions

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12 Michigan wineries partner under one roof

Traveling from vineyard to vineyard tasting fruit of the vine along one of Michigan’s wine trails has become one of the most popular things to do in our beautiful state. Each winery offers its own unique style, but it can be very time-consuming going from place to place, not to mention often involves travel. Well what if

12 Michigan wineries partner under one roof2020-03-04T14:04:07-05:00

It’s been a very good decade for Michigan wine

Gubernatorial proclamations have made it an annual tradition for April to be celebrated as Michigan Wine Month. The designation kick-starts a season that attracts more than 2 million visitors. It’s also a good time to take a closer look at the economic impact of Michigan’s expanding wine industry, and toast the coming season. The number of wineries

It’s been a very good decade for Michigan wine2020-03-04T14:05:39-05:00
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