Nancie Oxley Named Vice President of Pure Michigan’s St. Julian Winery

St. Julian Wine Company in Paw Paw has recently named Nancie Oxley as its Vice President. Recognized as Michigan’s first female winemaker, she joined St. Julian in 2002 as the Assistant Winemaker and moved up the ranks to Head Winemaker in 2010.

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Lakeshore Harvest Country Hosts 6th Annual Fall Bicycle Tour: Saturday, September 9

Lakeshore Harvest Country is gearing up for its 6th Annual Bicycle Tour on Saturday, September 9 – a leisurely countryside bicycle ride to the fruit farms, wineries and cideries in and around South Haven, Fennville and Saugatuck at the onset of the fall color season.

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Hybrid Marquette Wine from Walloon Lake Winery Awarded Dry Red “Best of Class” at 40th Annual Michigan Wine Competition

Over the past 40 years of the Michigan Wine Competition, it is rare for a hybrid red grape to rise above all other dry red competitors. Yet, that is just what happened this year when Walloon Lake Winery’s North Arm Noir was named “Best of Class,” receiving a Double Gold Medal in the Dry Red category. The introduction of Marquette marks the dawn of a new era of cold-hardy red hybrid wine grapes; more often resembling traditional Vitis vinifera wines than those from existing hybrid cultivars.

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Petoskey Area Wineries Garner “Best of Class”  at 40th Annual Michigan Wine Competition

Three wineries from the Petoskey area’s Bay View Wine Trail were awarded medals recently at the 40th Annual Michigan Wine Competition in Lansing. Walloon Lake Winery’s North Arm Noir and Mackinaw Trail Winery’s Blueberry were both awarded “Best of Class” honors, each receiving a Double Gold Medal in the Dry Red and Fruit Wine categories, respectively.

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Lakeshore Harvest Country Hosts 11th Annual Family-Friendly Road Rally Scavenger Hunt – July 22

Lakeshore Harvest Country is gearing up for its 11th Annual Road Rally, July 22. Previously hosted in the fall season, this family-friendly traveling scavenger hunt takes participants from clue to clue along the backroads of Michigan’s “Fruit Belt” region—visiting the orchards, vineyards, farms and studios along the way.

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Lakeshore Harvest Country is Ready for a Pure Michigan Summer

The Lake Michigan shoreline has a rich agricultural and tourism history and the destinations of the Lakeshore Harvest Country are reaping the rewards of the growing interest in agri-tourism activities. Situated along a 30-mile stretch in Michigan’s “Fruit Belt” region, the orchards, vineyards and farms in this area take full advantage of the “lake effect” climate that Lake Michigan offers.

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Nomad Cidery Launches in Northern Michigan

North Peak Brewing Company and Peninsula Cellars have joined forces to create a new joint venture on Old Mission Peninsula. Consistent with the quality and excellence these companies are known for, Nomad Cidery has launched a line of hard ciders in Northern Michigan.

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St. Julian Winery Introduces Michcato Wines to Celebrate Michigan Wine Month and the Pure Michigan Summer of 2017

May is “Michigan Wine Month” and with a Pure Michigan summer just around the corner, St. Julian—the state’s oldest, continually-operating winery—introduces its two latest wines to celebrate both occasions. Michcato and Sunset Michcato will be available beginning May 1 at retail outlets around Michigan.

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Grand Traverse Distillery Receives 8 Medals at National Spirits Competition

Grand Traverse Distillery was awarded eight (8) individual medals at the American Distilling Institute’s 11th Annual Spirits Competition, held as part of its annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland earlier this month.

Recognized as one of the 2013 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” In 2013, GTD currently operates five tasting rooms in Michigan – including two in Traverse City, one in downtown Frankenmuth; one in Leland; and one in Grand Rapids (with a new location, scheduled to open in September, 2017).

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Bushels of Fresh Foods & Family Fun Are Waiting to be Explored Along Kent Harvest Trails

Nearly 20 farms in the Greater Grand Rapids area are participating in the 2016 KENT HARVEST TRAILS, providing families the opportunity to enjoy loads of country fun. Activities and tours begin mid-September and run through the end of October (although farms may actually open sooner and extend their season into early November, weather permitting).

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North Peak to release year-round cherry beer

Stay Mellow. Tying into its Traverse City origin and to the “Up North” culture the brand stands for, it seems only fitting for North Peak to add a year-round cherry beer to its repertoire. Fortified by the fresh water of the Great Lakes and the sweet iconic flavors of Traverse City, Mellow is a higher gravity ale brewed with Michigan cherries and hibiscus.

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