• Tis' the season for holiday shopping in Michigan's Great Southwest and we're here to help you make the most of it! Everything from perfect gifts and festive home decor to holiday markets, seasonal brews, delectable wines, winter activities and more. We've got you covered!

    12 Days Blog VINO

    We've gathered some recommendations from our local wineries for vino sure to please at a party, as a gift, or just enjoying this season!


  • Dr. Dave Miller of White Pine Winery shares an introduction of grape varietals, and where the Michigan climate fits in to the wine world. 


  • October is upon us, leaves are in the air, and we’re ready for Halloween fun! Check out our guide for all things Halloween, with trick-or-treating, family festivals, fun for kids, theater and tours, and somethings for the grownup ghouls, too!


    (and Trunk-or-Treat)

    We’re ready for a spooktacular trick-or-treat in the Benton Harbor Arts District on Halloween! On Monday, October 31st, little goblins and ghouls can visit galleries, studios, restaurants and shops for treats. The event, generously sponsored by Holt Bosse, runs from 4:30-6:00pm. You can find more information here; get there early to claim your bag! 

    Downtown St. Joseph offers trick-or-treating on Halloween, too. From 4:30-6:00 (just before the city trick or treat!) downtown merchants will be ready to hand out treats…and maybe a few tricks! 

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    Lazy Ballerina Winery sits on State St. in downtown St. Joseph. The huge windows in the front give a clear view to a pink bar with tutu barstools, a leather couch and sleek chairs. It’s pretty, but packs a punch with their wine, food, and extremely popular events.    In March, I spent the afternoon with Melanie and Lauren, the co-owners of and the creative genius behind Lazy Ballerina Winery. On June 25th, they celebrated their first anniversary in downtown St. Joseph!  

  • In the height of summer, it's easy to forget about the cold winds and snow that inhabit Michigan's Great Southwest. However, the winter greatly impacts the wine we are able to enjoy year round!

    Dr. Dave Miller from White Pine Winery shares how the winters of the last few years have shaped our region's wines.


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    (L) White Pine Winery Vineyards in fall of 2013
    (R) Dave Miller PhD, author, Owner / Winemaker at White Pine Winery and Vineyards, LLC

    I read a blog I wrote about this time in 2014 just after some of the coldest weather we’ve had in decades. I knew we were in for little to no crop on Vitis vinifera grapevines that year and I was right.  I had no idea that we would have similar weather again in 2015 with a similar result – little to no crop on Vitis vinifera varieties (e.g. Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet franc, Merlot).  Having two years in a row with little to no crop on those vines is unprecedented in Michigan.  


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    Michigan's Great Southwest is known for fruit, but also for great wine. April is the official "Michigan Wine Month", so in celebration, we're asking wineries what they recommend we drink this spring. Here's what they suggest! 

    12 Corners: Blue Creek Semi-Dry Rose
    Baroda Founders: Luce Del Sole
    Dablon Winery: 2015 Rose
    Free Run Cellars: Mezzo
    Gravity Winery: Blueberry
    Lazy Ballerina Winery: Sweet Nita’s Red
    Lemon Creek Winery: 2013 Pinot Noir
    Round Barn Winery: Sauvignon Blanc
    White Pine Winery: Pinot Grigio

    This week, we’ll learn about the flavor profiles of these Michigan wines.


    April is Michigan Wine Month! Last week, we learned about the flavor profiles of spring wines that local wineries recommended (read it here). This week, we’ll hear about the winemakers that created those, as well as some background on the names. 

    WineTrailThe Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail has 19 wineries, each with something different to offer. 

  • April is Michigan Wine Month! Local wineries recommended spring wines to us; we shared the flavor profiles the first week, then learned more about the winemakers and names last week. This week, we’re pairing food with the wine!

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    Dablon Winery, Round Barn Winery, and Lemon Creek Winery pairings; photos from their Instagram accounts. Click to follow!

    We asked wineries to give us 3 words to describe their spring wine, as well as recommended food pairings. Check out what the local wineries had to say!