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Raise a Glass and Celebrate West Michigan Wine!

Whether you are looking for something to sip on the back porch on a summer night, a unique dinner pairing, a fun girls-weekend tour, or taking in the beautiful vineyard view, the wineries of West Michigan have you covered!  

 

North

Producing locally made wines, meads and beers, stop by St. Ambrose Cellars in Beulah 7 days a week for a free taste of their award-winning locally made wines, meads, and beers, and enjoy their friendly atmosphere.

The Petoskey Wine Region Celebrates Mom May 11-12 at the Rosé and Roses Festival. Stop by each of twelve member wineries for an amazing selection of Rosés and 2018 vintage releases. Purchase a tasting and receive a free rose. From Roses to Rosés, Red Carnations to Red Wine, White Tulips to White Riesling there are great wines and new vintages for you to try.  Bring the whole family and let’s celebrate Mom. The Petoskey Region’s premier grape, Marquette makes awarding winning and world class Rosé. Tasting is believing! Stop by any member winery in order to ‘start’ this event and acquire your first flower. End your day with a beautiful bouquet of up to 12 blooms.

Check out Petoskey UnCorked, May 9th at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor! Enjoy a very special evening where all 12 of the Petoskey Wine Region member wineries will gather together for the first time to UNCORK a new name, a new mobile app, and amazing wines from the Tip of the Mitt AVA! Each of the wineries that make up the Region started with a passion to create one-of-a-kind tastes and deliver unique experiences. The grapes and wines that make up the Petoskey Wine Region are as distinct as those from France and Europe.The acclaimed grapes are rich and robust, and stand up to colder temperatures to produce deep, inviting flavors that have won national and international awards. Wine Tasting and Hors D’oeuvres 5:00-8:00pm. $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Mecosta County is home to wonderful wineries that offers a variety of wines created from 100% Michigan fruit.

Treat mom to Crepes and Mimosas with sweet and savory crepe menu at Traverse City’s Bonobo Winery, May 12th from 12-3 p.m., paired perfectly with Bonobo Sparkling Rosé Mimosas. Crepes (2 per order) and Mimosa special: $20. Check Facebook and Instagram @bonobowinery for their featured crepes.

Join the Inn at Bay Harbor for Wine on the Bay, a weekend of events for wine lovers on Mother’s Day Weekend. Located on Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, in the heart of Michigan’s wine country in the Petoskey Wine Region, Wine on the Bay features tasting events, special dining menus, Sparkle at The Spa, wine touring, and is capped off with Mother’s Day Brunch in The Sagamore Room. Lodging rates start at $179 per night, visit their website or call 844.456.4223 for reservations. Saturday evening from 5-7pm, the Wine Tasting Mixer allows guests to experience the wines of Michigan, alongside wines of the world. Hand-selected by the Inn’s Sommelier, each tasting table offers themed wine tastings with perfectly paired small bites. Tickets are $45 and include 12 wine tastings at four stations, food pairings, a commemorative wine glass, and live music.

On Friday evening, May 3rd, Boone’s Long Lake Inn in Traverse City is hosting Short’s Brewing Company and Bowers Harbor Vineyards for an entertaining competition. Short’s and Bower’s have selected five beers and five wines to accompany each of the five courses prepared by the staff at Boone’s. Although this friendly competition will be pitting beer vs. wine, with this menu and pairings, everyone will be a winner!

Join the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, just north of Traverse City, for the annual Spring Sip & Savor wine trail weekend May 4th and 5th. As the vineyards wake to the sun and warmth of May, enjoy delicious wine and food pairings at 24 wineries along the wine trail. Celebrate spring, indulge in your senses and learn more about Leelanau Peninsula wines while having the time of your life! Take the self-guided tour by visiting the tasting rooms in any order on Saturday 11 – 6 pm and Sunday 12 – 5 pm. Tickets are $40 and include wine and food pairings at each winery and a souvenir wine glass. Tickets are limited and typically sell out, so get yours today!

Bring your mother and celebrate your loving family at Black Star Farms, a beautiful winery estate just fifteen minutes from downtown Traverse City.  Indulge Mom with an incredible savory spread, in a one-of-a-kind setting, provided by a talented and inspired culinary and events team. The elegant vaulted Aquarius Room will be the backdrop for this multi-stationed brunch, including a Mimosa Bar! You will want to make sure you stop by one of the two tasting rooms at Black Star Farms to try the new release of the 2017 Arcturos Dry Riesling—Best in Show winner of the top Riesling competition, the Canberra International Riesling Challenge. Many other 2017 vintages will be releasing, including a fabulous Sauvignon Blanc. Come for the wine. Hike the trails. Stay for a meal.

Celebrate a new season of blossoms, beauty, and bounty on Old Mission at Blossom Day, May 18th, 10:00-5:00! With 2.6 million cherry trees in blossom against a blue water backdrop, the scenery will set for you up to enjoy a day of exploring the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City. Enjoy fresh, spring-inspired food pairings at each winery. Savor delicious and diverse experiences from ten renowned wineries, including some new releases, barrel or tank tastings, or a chance to chat with winemakers. You will also receive a commemorative wine glass!

Kick off summer with a celebration of the quintessential summer wine: Rosé Between the Bays throughout Old Mission Peninsula! This event showcases the many diverse and delicious pink drinks produced by the ten distinct Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City. A perfect way to welcome in the summer in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful areas of Northern Michigan, this laid–back event Saturday, June 8th will have a lakeside vibe & local summer barbeque themed food pairings.

Inland Seas Education Association of Traverse CIty will be hosting a Wine Education and Tasting Sail on the schooner Inland Seas, August 10th from 6pm-8pm. You will taste local wines from a local vineyard and learn more about grape growing in the region. Adults 21 and older only. Cost: $45.

There’s no better place to sample Old and New World vintages than at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme. A back-to-back Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner, Aerie features over 100 offerings, including local Northern Michigan wines. Sip and savor from 16 stories up with panoramic views of Traverse City and Grand Traverse Bay.

Join Castle Farms in Charlevoix on May 27th for the 1918 Cellars wine tasting room season kickoff! 1918 Cellars has been closed all winter and is now ready to open back up with live music, food, lawn games, lots of wine, and loads of fun!

Join St Ambrose Cellars in Beulah on Saturday, May 18th for a very special wine and beer dinner event, featuring Chef Devon from the Fleming Steakhouse and Chef Natasha from The Whitney. This five course meal features a wine and beer pairing for each course, a talk with their wine and beer makers, appearances by these world-class chefs, and a special dining atmosphere in the wine cellar. For just $75 per person you can experience this unique, one-night-only event at St. Ambrose Cellars.

Sample a medley of local wines and enjoy specially catered Mediterranean cuisine (such as stuffed grape leaves, baba ganoush, baked brie with raspberry melba, and pistachio baklava) from Silver Swan Homemade Foods on the sparkling waters of Grand Traverse Bay aboard the tall ship Manitou. Each Thursday (late June to Labor Day) will taste the offerings of a different local winery. $70 per person. Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM.

More North Region Wineries to Visit

Central

The five Cumulus Radio stations of Muskegon will be organizing and hosting the inaugural “Muskegon Summer Wine Up” festival on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at Hackley Park. In addition to a variety of wine vendors from Michigan, the United States, and all over the world, patrons will also be treated to wine seminars, a Mystery Wine contest, and more. The event will kick off on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 from 2pm until 8pm in Downtown Muskegon’s Hackley Park.

There are plenty of offerings in the Muskegon area, including wineries, vineyards, and farm-to-table restaurants with large wine selections.

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South

Savor an elaborate meal at Fenn Valley Vineyards in Fennville May 4th, 6:00pm, beginning with a sparkling wine and cheese reception, followed by a coursed dinner paired with wine. Each course contains a Fenn Valley wine specifically paired by the chef and winemaker.

The Annual Memorial Weekend Art and Wine festival kicks off the summer season at Lemon Creek Winery, Berrien Springs, May 25-26, noon-6:00pm. Local and regional artists will be showcasing a variety of mediums, from pottery to photography, paintings and glass work. Enjoy live music from Keith Scott and food offerings from Classic Catering. For more information: lemoncreekwinery.com/wordpress/news-events/

Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek is offering discounted singles and couples admission tickets during the month of May to celebrate Michigan wine month. Corks for Conservation is one of the WILDEST wine events in Michigan. The “must attend” wine festival for food and wine lovers, Corks for Conservation happens on July 12 from 6-10 pm inside the zoo. Guests enjoy a variety of fine Michigan wines (beer, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages too), while meandering the zoo to take in the show-stopping wildlife. Beverage tasting tickets, souvenir wineglass, and an artfully prepared menu of “small bites” from Taste of the Wild Catering is included in the admission price. The evening’s festivities include musical entertainment, auctions, wine pull, raffles, animal presentations, and more.

12 Corners Vineyards was started by a small group of friends who grew up in Michigan and recognized the uniqueness of a site just four miles off Michigan’s famed “Gold Coast.” Named after the hamlet of Twelve Corners, Michigan, 12 Corners Vineyard has a 115-acre estate planted with both vinifera and hybrid grapes. Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Gewurztraminer are but a sampling of the varieties they offer as wines for your pallet’s pleasure.

Channel Wine Bar in South Haven is cozy fine wine bar featuring California and International premium wines and food pairings, along with other unique craft beers and some specialty cocktails.

Visit the Cogdal Vineyards artfully crafted and inviting tasting room located in South Haven a 1/2 mile from the shores of Lake Michigan, to experience innovative wines in an intimate setting. Start with a drive through the vineyard and end with your expectations being met with excellent wines, great service, and beautiful views. Both indoor and outdoor service available.

Enjoy a lovely day in the country at McIntosh Apple Orchard & Cider Mill of South Haven. Visit the orchard, browse through the farm market for fruits, vegetables, gifts, donuts, pastries, and fudge. Tour the cider mill and see how sweet cider is handcrafted into hard cider. They have u-pick and ready-picked tart and sweet cherries, peaches, pears, apples, and plums – or just sit out on the porch and relax.

Visit the greater Lansing area and the number of wineries and vineyards that can be found there.

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