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Michigan's Wine Industry is Adding $5 Billion to the Local Economy

There are more than 130 wineries statewide

The Sky’s the Limit

Pilot opens second winery location in Irish Hills

Pinot Blanc: The Charming Cousin

Traditionally derided or ignored, this varietal is attracting a swell in interest at Michigan wineries

Making Bad Wine Extinct

Better education and new technologies are improving nearly everyone’s output

Why you should drink the F-ing Merlot

Michigan winemakers believe the beleaguered grape deserves your attention

Taking Flight

Heritage guides young owners of Rove Estate

DIY Home Vineyard

Become a home vintner with just a fraction of an acre

Keep Calm and Drink Rosé

Exploring a little local flavor in the heart of Provence

Last call for Leelanau’s oldest winery

Boskydel Vineyard plans to close tasting room by 2018

Michigan’s fledgling Bay View Wine Trail makes its own way

Every winery has a distinct personality in the Petoskey area

How Soil Shapes the Flavor of Michigan Wines

A northern Michigan winemaker has begun unraveling the mysteries of his vineyard's 'terroir.'

Michigan Winemakers Explore Bordeaux’s Rich Heritage

The famed region in France emphasizes differences, parallels to local industry

Profile: Coenraad Stassen

Brys Estate’s winemaker crossed an ocean to work in Michigan

Michigan Law on Buying, Shipping Wine Gets More Complicated

Lawsuit could eventually result in the same basic decision that happened in Granholm v. Heald and pry the regulations open even further

Thirty Days Dry

Short-lived adventures in not drinking Michigan wine

What Do Wine Rating Numbers Mean?

Wilfred Wong explains the range in understandable words.

May is the New April

This spring, Michigan Wine Month is on the move

The Perfect Holiday Pairing: A Michigan-Wine Fueled Fantasy

An ode to some of 2016’s most memorable wines

Will 2016 Be a Good Year for Michigan Wine? Time Will Tell

The weather cooperated this year, but the remaining unknown factor is what the vino will do in the bottle as it matures

Virtually in the Vineyards

Social media gives fans an inside look at Michigan wineries

New Kid on the Vine

Developed in a Minnesota lab, a hearty wine grape called marquette is gaining ground in Michigan

Honoring the Harvest

After the growing season, it’s time for winemakers to get busy — and for tourists to sample their work

The Ultimate Michigan Wine Bucket List

Wine-related must-dos throughout the Mitten State

Saluti to a Giant

St. Julian’s David Braganini helped cement Michigan’s reputation for excellence

Tip of the Mitt Shakes Up the Michigan Wine Map

State gains first new AVA in nearly three decades

Wanted: Michigan Wine Lovers

New industry advocacy group seeks members

Return of the Reds

They continue to dazzle at latest Michigan Wine Competition

A Billionaire, Phony Bottles, and The Bomb

Founding Father Thomas Jefferson’s name was involved in a wine scandal of atomic proportions

The Castle on the Hill

New winery aims high, digs deep on Old Mission Peninsula

Too Many Cooks

Committee-made wines maximize volume and profit — not flavor

Scenes from the Showcase

Michigan wineries gather in the ‘D’ for annual event

An American in Champagne

A visit to France brings concepts learned here to life

The Walmart Factor

South Africa’s competitively priced, high-quality wines find way back into U.S. market thanks to mega-retailer as well as Whole Foods

Days of Wine and Rosés

Think pink when it comes to springtime sipping

What Early Spring Might Mean to Michigan’s Vineyards

Caught Red-Handed?

The wine world is no stranger to scandal, but this time, it’s a sparkling example of Champagne fraud.

Chardonnay is ‘Safe’ Again

The popularity of full-bodied, yeasty, and oaky styles has waned, making them terrific food accompaniments once more

Malbec in Michigan?

A handful of Michigan wineries are adding this wine list staple to their repertoire

Hitting Their Stride

After a lot of experiments, some North American pinot noirs are finally up to par

The Changing of the Guard

Linda Jones bids Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council farewell after 17 years

Ice, Ice Baby

Ice wine from Fenn Valley Vineyards & Wine Cellar is one of many delicious ice wines made in Michigan.

Vintage Talk

The language of wine might be messy, but it can also lead to terrific bargains

Will Drive for Wine

Grand Rapids festival is a wine lover’s utopia

A Wine to Remember

How a bottle can take you back to the best days of your life

Best Guess?

Can experts really identify a wine’s pedigree? Sometimes it involves a bit of luck.

How Not to Travel the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail

When visiting Southwest Michigan, a little planning goes a long way

Red-Letter Days

Always strong in white wines, Michigan Wine Competition results show progress in pinot noirs, cabernet franc, and more

Lost Character

The quest to market over-ripened, high-alcohol reds can cause a grape’s regional characteristics to get left behind

Reds turn to gold at 2015 Michigan Wine Competition

Consumers can sample award-winning wines at Aug. 20 Gold Medal Reception

City of Riesling celebrates ‘best white wine on Earth’

With the ubiquity of “value” brands like Kim Crawford, it’s become a no brainer for the average consumer to breeze into a restaurant and order sauvignon blanc.

Great Expectorations

A How-to — and Why-to — Guide to Spitting Wine

The Price is Right?

You can’t judge the quality of a wine by its cost. The winery’s location, mortgage, and even good reviews factor in to the equation

Happy Trails

Southeast Michigan winery boom puts weekend or day trips within reach of metro Detroit

Talk of the Town

Michigan wineries talk news and new vintages at local showcase

'Sex' Sells

How a name he never thought would be approved turned Larry Mawby's sparkling wine into a national brand

Wineries Converge in Detroit for Annual Showcase

More than 100 Michigan wines available for sampling during event

Buyer Beware

Newer winemaking styles may be the culprit for a form of oxidation called premox that’s appearing in a number of new red wines

Size Matters?

Large-format bottles provoke awe, provide ageability

Ours and Theirs: Old Mission Peninsula

OMP winemakers, winery owners weigh in on ‘must-try’ wines

Wine Pioneer

Raise a glass to Len Olson, who launched Michigan on a path to grow European vinifera grape varieties

Just Desserts

Wineries recommend sweet sippers for the holidays

Cold Shoulder

A brutal winter and unfavorable summer temperatures put a chill on the 2014 wine grape crop

Winter wine-derland

Winery visits can be just as good — if not better — in the off season

Strength In Numbers

Three of Michigan’s largest ‘up north’ wineries open a joint-venture tasting room and retail store in Ann Arbor

Fit for Fall: A Little Love for Lemberger

‘Forget the name and try it’

The Name Game

Star-crossed wines such as Marilyn Merlot may boost sales, but most are ordinary, at best

Ours and Theirs: Lake Michigan Shore

Southwestern Michigan winemakers, winery owners weigh in on ‘must-try’ wines

Slippery Slope

Why most writers don’t write about bad wines

North by Southeast

Pay Leelanau a virtual visit via Ann Arbor’s new VinBar

First Whiff

An initial — but temporary — odor of sulfur isn’t cause for alarm in wine

Michigan Wines Face Off in Annual Competition

Top contenders reflect industry’s diversity

Traverse City celebrates riesling July 26-28

Inaugural event to highlight one of Michigan's great grapes

The faces of Michigan wine: Jan Van Maanen

Metro Detroiter's passion for wine leads to second career up north

Cheers to U.S.!

It’s official: The American market now consumes more wine than the French

Michigan Wine Trails Get Festive For the Summer

Wineries court fans with seasonal celebrations

Sour Grapes?

A Parisian ‘bad boy’ of wine uncorks a few barbs at the French

The Faces of Michigan Wine: Channing Sutton

A friendly face at Leelanau’s Forty-Five North

J. Trees Cellars puts down new roots in Tecumseh

With every notable nuance in the newly opened J. Trees Cellars tasting room in Tecumseh, there’s a common theme: Owner and winemaker Jon Treloar did it himself.

New Choices

Loire Valley winemakers begin to export their red wines

Cellar Dweller

You don't need a museum-level installation to store wine

BYOWine

New Michigan law allows restaurant-goers to take their own bottles to dinner

A Love Story

The 'best wine ever' doesn't necessarily hinge on vintage or price — or even taste

High Praise

Michigan’s Larry Mawby named one of the most admired people in the North American wine world

Perfect Pairings

When it comes to holiday feasts, keep it young, inexpensive, and red.

Uncorked

Screw caps gain acceptance, and even keep some wines fresher — but service can suffer

A Sneak Peek at Michigan Wine Harvest

Mother Nature. She’s gorgeous, fickle, tumultuous and, when all the stars align, nurturing. As we Michiganders know, her climate swings dramatically impact our agriculture.

Wine: Splashdown

Michigan wine is getting noticed in New York City — and beyond

Outdoor Michigan Wine Adventures

Sublime summer days and evenings call for adventure in the vineyards.

In the Pink

A rosé by any other name can be tremendously refreshing

‘Celebrate’ Chateau Chantal’s 20 Years of Wine

Twenty years ago, Chateau Chantal welcomed their first guests.

Rodriguez to Headline Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

After performing self-written music for almost five decades in local pubs in Detroit, the practically unknown Sixto Diaz Rodriguez has become an overnight superstar and global phenomenon.

Aromatic Michigan Pinot Blanc: Summer’s Sublime Wine

Pinot Blanc has been rooting itself in Michigan soils since at least the mid-1990s.

Wine: Seasonal Sipping

Michigan’s lighter and fresher-tasting wines are just right for summer

Michigan’s Newest Wine Trail Offers Great Variety

As warmer weather makes its way along the west coast of Michigan, wineries are gearing up for a bustling wine-touring season.

Moms Love Michigan Wine

Looking for a special Mother’s Day gift?

Grab Your Best Hat and Head to Leelanau Peninsula for Spring Sip & Savor

The Sip o’ de Mayo Hat Contest Adds Great Fun to the Annual Wine Touring Event

Wine: Chilling Out

Even red wines can benefit from refrigeration.

The Michigan Wine Industry Has a Lot to Toast

The number of wineries in Michigan is rapidly expanding...

Wine: Spanish Grenache is Exciting Red Alternative

Spanish grenache offers a welcome change from some ‘ho-hum’ wines.