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10/28/14

The Northern Grapes Project received an additional $2.6 million in funding from the USDA's Specialty Crops Research Initiative to complete the final two years of the multistate effort, which began in 2011.

10/24/14

A Massachusetts company is bringing at-home alcohol delivery to central Indiana. Drizly Inc., which is also in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, is partnering with Indianapolis-based Big Red Liquors Inc. on the service.

10/24/14

Drizly announced today it will work with Big Red Liquors, Indianapolis' largest liquor retailer, to make deliveries in neighborhoods including Broad Ripple, Brownsburg, Downtown, Fishers, Fletcher Place, Fountain Square, Geist, Irvington and Meridian-Kessler

10/24/14

Dry Creek Estate, 8925 Stateline Road in South Beloit, will hold its grand opening this weekend with several events planned Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

10/23/14

A busload of drunken passengers didn't raise glasses so much as suspicions at an Old Mission Peninsula vineyard. Wine-inspired levity isn't uncommon on wine bus tours that cart oenophiles to the Grand Traverse region's various vineyards, but such tours seldom end with winery staff dropping a dime on authorities, as they did from from Bowers Harbor Vineyard on Oct. 18.

10/23/14

The evolution of Northwest Michigan's grape and wine industry over the past two decades is without question among the top business success stories across our state.

10/23/14

Wine-inspired levity isn't uncommon on wine bus tours that cart oenophiles to the Grand Traverse region's various vineyards, but such tours seldom end with winery staff dropping a dime on authorities, as they did from from Bowers Harbor Vineyard on Oct. 18

10/17/14

"People are looking at Michigan wines in a different way," said Coenraad Sassen, winemaker for Brys Estate Vinyard & Winery owned by Fraser native Walter Brys. "They've started to compete with certain varieties from warmer climates around the country."

10/16/14

OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation source, announced this year's 2014 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Wine Lists in America. Naturally, the overall winner was America's largest wine-producing region, California, with 16 awards. What is surprising is this year's strong showing from Midwestern and Southern states, where wine does not grow in abundance. This year's second place ranking goes to Ohio with a total of 12 restaurant awards. Maryland follows closely behind with a total of eight award-winning restaurants.

10/16/14

"People are looking at Michigan wines in a different way," said Coenraad Sassen, winemaker for Brys Estate Vinyard & Winery owned by Fraser native Walter Brys. "They've started to compete with certain varieties from warmer climates around the country."

10/15/14

The College of Agricultural & Life Sciences at UW-Madison has received funding to hire a specialist who will help operators of wineries and cider companies with microbial, cleaning and sanitation issues. The position, expected to be filled by January, will aid in protocol and equipment issues, train winemakers in how to detect off-flavors and give the industry access to labs and experts at UW-Madison.

10/13/14

No question about it: Last winter's extremely cold temperatures and the late arrival of spring have had a major impact on the quantity and quality of the wine grape harvest across the East, from Michigan to Pennsylvania. That said, as always, the specific details depend on location, cultivars planted and past practices by growers.

10/10/14

Benavides helps produce wine for Acquaviva Winery, 47W614 Illinois 38, Maple Park. Last year, they produced close to 13,000 gallons of wine. In 2012, they produced about 12,000 gallons. This year, winery officials expect to produce between 11,000 and 12,000 gallons.

10/08/14

This past winter proved too harsh for most local grape crops. Several southwest Michigan wineries say this year brought along the worst harvest they've ever seen.

10/02/14

Severe cold events from January through March resulted in damage to grapevines that reduced fruitfulness for many of the more cold-tender varieties used for wine production in Michigan.

10/02/14

Last winter's harsh weather has cut the state's wine grape crop in half, the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council said Wednesday.

10/01/14

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant expects to hire 180 full and part-time workers for an outlet in White Oaks Mall, the company announced Tuesday.

09/26/14

Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in "fermentation science."

09/24/14

In an audacious move, Donna Covrett and Courtney Tsitouris sparked the gathering of more than 90 local and national chefs, writers, winemakers, brewers, cocktail experts and television celebrities. Food and wine were front and center, but just as importantly, quality programming led by top culinary talent gave the event depth and distinction

09/24/14

The entire wine grape crop was destroyed in Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga counties. There was no yield at all this year for the area's wine industry. Losses of millions of dollars are predicted.

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