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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Michigan Wine Festivals

Michigan is home to over 110 wineries with 64 wineries using Michigan grapes. If you are not able visit individual wineries, check out some of the festivals. This weekend (Aug 29 & 30) is the 9th Annual Wine and Food Festival in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills. Kroger, a large grocery store chain, is […]

Maryland Wine Festival in September

Save September 19 or 20, 2009 to visit the Maryland Wine Festival in Westminster, Maryland. This annual event is a popular with many Maryland wineries attending. In addition the festival offers food vendors, crafts vendors, wine education seminars and an amateur wine competition. For ticket information, visit the Maryland Wine Festival website. To read reviews […]

Are Winery and Vineyard Tasting Rooms Intimidating?

At a recent visit to a Pennsylvanian winery, I noticed a customer who cautiously entered the tasting room. He appeared uncertain. The wineologist asked if he would like to do a tasting, how it worked and the cost. He replied that he only wanted to buy a bottle of sweet wine. She offered him a […]

Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery wins Harding’s Cup for Cabernet Franc

Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery on Old Mission Peninsula in Michigan won the Harding’s Cup at the Michigan Cab Franc Wine Challenge. Twenty-two 2007 vintage Cabernet Francs from 18 Michigan wineries and a winery in the Loire Valley of France entered wines. Coenraad Stassen is the winemaker at Brys Estate. He is one of the […]

Virginia Winery Supports Habitat for Humanity

Join with other wine enthusiasts and support Habitat for Humanity by attending a fundraiser at Chateau O’Brien in Markham, Virginia. This is the 3rd Annual Chili at the Chateau. Proceeds will support the construction of a home built this fall. This two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, August 29th and 30th , includes all-you-can- eat […]

Texas Wine: Lost Creek Vineyard’s Blanc du Bois

Last night for dinner we enjoyed rice with saffron, a green salad with fresh cucumbers and pepper. The fish was Mahi-Mahi and was delicately seasoned. Dinner was enhanced with a wine from Lost Creek Vineyard in Texas. White Swan Blanc Du Bois 2005 offered a  citrus and floral aroma with a fruity taste. The fruit […]

Thornton Winery’s Brut Reserve California Champagne

Every now and then I want a sparkling wine with a meal. Given that yesterday was our thirty-seventh anniversary, a sparkling wine seemed appropriate. Thornton Winery’s Brut Reserve 1999 California Champagne was a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. The result was an aroma and taste of apple and pear. The wine was […]

Brennan Vineyards 2008 Viognier and Graystone Vineyards Port II

Recently we had dinner with the extended family and the wine was flowing. There were definite opinions of several of the wines we drank. We tasted four reds before dinner and had several whites during dinner. We had local wines and world wines. Two wines caught my attention. One was a Viognier from Brennan Vineyards […]

Ashtabula Wine and Walleye Festival, Ohio

Enjoy a great time this weekend at the Ashtabula Wine and Walleye Festival in Ohio, along Lake Erie’s south shore. Participating wineries include Laurello Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars, Harpersfield Vineyard, The Lakehouse Inn & Winery and Emerine Estates. To read reviews about several of these Ohio wineries, visit the Wine Trail Traveler […]

Wisconsin Drinking Age Debate

Some interesting legislation is being considered in Wisconsin. The issue is about whether parents should be allowed to have their children have an alcoholic drink with them in public. To summarize the current law: children under the age of 21 are allowed to drink alcohol in licensed facilities when accompanied by a parent or guardian. […]

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