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Mackinaw Trail Winery and are teaming up for a "crowdsourced" wine project that will give consumers a direct role in the winemaking process - a first for Michigan.


As quality continues to improve and get noticed around the Midwest, a few efforts have reached the pinnacle of success.


The Ohio Department of Commerce said Sunday that revenue from liquor sales in 2015 were up by 7 percent to just over $982 million


Vines and Rushes has been booming, too, Prellwitz said. The winery draws tourists from Heidel House Resort and Spa in Green Lake, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. They're open seven days a week and host events 40 weekends every year on top of ongoing events during the week.


Recent hailstorms hit Northwest Michigan hard. Grapes, tart cherries, and apples orchards were hit by high winds and nickel- to quarter-sized hail, says says Nikki Rothwell of Michigan State University Extension.


Recent sampling of southwest Michigan vineyards indicates a lower pressure of grape berry moth than last season, but there are still regions in southwest Michigan with locally high infestations that should be controlled to prevent harvest-time fruit contamination. This is a good time to scout vineyards to determine where those host spots are and take action to prevent further increases


Customers late last week still buzzed about the violent Aug. 2 storms as Gabourie rang up six-packs of beer and half-gallons of milk. Gabourie reported the mood in Maple City remained upbeat throughout the week as electricity returned and life readjusted to normal pace.


The owners of a northern Michigan winery say their log home was destroyed by fire soon after power was restored following last weekend's storm.


It's been more than 10 years since Chateau Chantal on Old Mission Peninsula sought grapes off its vineyards to make wine. But that's a good prospect in the coming months after a Sunday, Aug. 2, storm lashed the vineyard's 95 acres of grapes with hail, further damaging a crop already withered from two harsh winters.


Easley Winery, in Indianapolis, won Wine of the Year in this year's INDY International Wine Competition held at Purdue University July 29-31. The winery's 2014 Traminette took the award, beating nearly 2,100 other wines.


A Chicago attorney has filed dozens of cases accusing wineries of violating sales-tax rules


The wine making operation itself has since moved downstate to Petoskey, but that hasn't changed the quality of the wine. Attention to detail remains a key goal.


The 45-year-old Lewis has gotten married and started his own wine store in Lake Mills that soon developed into a burgeoning winery, called Lewis Station Winery in downtown Lake Mills. But most recently, Lewis went through a health ordeal between 2013 and 2014 that, when recounted, can make even the most strong-stomached person turn ghostly white.


The Wine Institute and three Napa County wineries have filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Revenue and Attorney General's Office over a dispute on whether they should have charged tax on shipping fees for online purchases into the state.


Oakland County residents may not know that there is a local vineyard right in their backyard. Seven Lakes Vineyard is a producer of fine wines made locally in Holly Township. The property has a Fenton address, Robert Diez purchased it several years ago and has spent time setting up the wine processing facility, planting grapevines, renovating the tasting room onsite and slowly building a vineyard and retail store that continues to grow each year.


"It's truly a blind tasting," said Butzke during an appearance on News 18 This Morning. "It's really a great insight for the consumer on what to buy and what styles are coming out. Our judges make recommendations like movie critics to help you weed through all the different wines you see in the store."


Wine Institute said it explored administrative and legislative options ... "our goal in bringing this action is to put a stop to IFCA lawsuits against wineries in the future and to clarify the confusion surrounding when/if a winery should be collecting taxes on shipping fees."


Wisconsin's "cheeseheads" might someday have a wealth of local options to pair with the state's most popular food. And they may have Nick Smith to thank for it. - See more at:


Plans to redevelop the former Lonz Winery property on Middle Bass Island into a major tourist attraction have been shelved by the state because of a lack of interest from private developers


If approved the nuns will begin work on building a brewery and winery, as well as a nursing home, hospice and boarding school for 80 students on the site

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