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The climate of Northwest Michigan poses many challenges to wine grape growing, but there's also great potential, according to the new viticulture extension educator Michigan State University hired last summer.


After graduating in 1977, Neiman looked to follow in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Leon Neiman, an ear, nose and throat physician who still practices in Akron.


The award for major contributions to the American grape and wine industry was established five years ago by the Winegrape Growers of America along with co-sponsors WineAmerica and the National Grape Research Alliance. The late Richard Smith and his wife Claudia Alexander Smith were founders and co-owners of Smith Family Wines and Vineyards in the Monterey region of California. Donniella Winchell is executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association


(Old Mission Peninsula resident Bud Stych has a few thoughts on the lawsuit filed by OMP wineries against Peninsula Township. The wineries claim the township's ordinance restrictions are causing them to lose thousands of dollars each year. Read more about the lawsuit here. -jb)


Wineries of the Old Mission Peninsula and the wineries involved argue the township's ordinances violate their free speech, free expression, exercise of religion and association rights, according to the amended complaint. They also assert the ordinances discriminate against and excessively burden interstate commerce, and in some cases violate state law, among other claims.


Several bills (Senate Bills 934, 1138, 1139, 1140) in Michigan were recently vetoed. Some of these bills such as SB 934 and SB 1338, which would expand self-distribution privileges for craft distillers and small wineries, did not become law, even though these bills enjoyed heavy bi-partisan support.


Stoney Ridge Winery LLC officially opened in June 2020 after a few soft opening events at the start of the pandemic.


The bill, sponsored initially by Brett Hudson Hillyer, and was co-sponsored by 15 Ohio representatives and 14 Ohio Senators.


In a way, Marianne Frantz was destined to teach wine. Frantz founded the American Wine School, which is marking its 20th year. Mostly from her Northeast Ohio base, Frantz' business has done well through the coronavirus pandemic and has expanded steadily.


Serious and social. It's a blend that keeps the Wisconsin Vintners Association thriving in a state famous for beer.


Student Wine Brand Partners With State's Largest Winery To Launch New Product, Expand Philanthropy


Expect to start seeing cannabis-infused sparkling waters, teas, and coffees on the market very soon


Services for Ed O'Keefe Jr. will be live-streamed Saturday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. at due to COVID-19 restrictions. Michigan Wine Collaborative Michigan Craft Beverage Council Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula


"The move will also mean more beers on tap, eventually, as well as a return of our draught non-alcoholic root beer and new products, such as cider and hard seltzer in the coming year," said Bauer. "Most of all, we are looking forward to opening the upper deck, which will seat 48 people and should be a great spot for freighter-watching, people-watching and fireworks-watching."


he Michigan Liquor Control Commission announced Monday it had temporarily suspended the liquor licenses of five businesses that violated COVID restrictions this month, including a Wyandotte bar whose patrons became so "hostile" to a state investigator, she said she was forced to call police.


The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control says 99,836 entries were submitted for the lottery, which was open Dec. 7-14. Winners are being verified and will be notified via email in January.


"I need a hobby," Don Betlej said to his wife in a moment of introspection.


The Town of Grafton passed a new ordinance this month allowing agricultural properties to obtain permits for ancillary uses, allowing agriculture-zoned properties to set up related commercial uses on-site and making way for a possible vineyard and winery in Grafton.


Wade, a Chicago-area native, has partnered with the Foxtrot chain of convenient stores


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