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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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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Root Café and Coffeehouse in Fennville Adds Craft Beer, Wine & Spirits to their Menu

Root Café and Coffeehouse in downtown Fennville is expanding its menu to offer craft beer, wine and spirits, alongside artisan sandwiches, rustic food, baked goods and coffee. The cozy space features a sitting area with old fashioned couches and chairs surrounding a fireplace, and raw edge plank tables for you to dine. Root is now open 7 days a week, from 7:30am-9pm.

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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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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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Sample Regional & Global Fare at the 9th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival – November 17-19

More than 18,000 people are expected to enjoy a vast menu of food and beverage at the 9th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival coming up Nov. 17-19 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

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