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Wednesday, March 3,2010

Big reds

Burgess Cellars unveils tantalizing tastes

by Michael Brenton
Kellogg Center’s State Room provided the perfect setting for a tasting of current vintage and library wines from Burgess Cellars. Small family-run wineries in Napa Valley are becoming an increasingly rare commodity. A Howell Mountain winery with wines crafted by the same winemaker for nearly 38 years is even more unusual.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Not just for students

Dining halls serve distinctive cuisine

by Joe Torok
Don’t expect a rectangular slab of greasy pizza or a ladle-full of slop from a hair-netted lunch lady in the residence hall dining areas at Michigan State University. The days of “mystery meat surprise” for lunch are over, for students, faculty, staff and even the general public.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Zoup! is on

Popular chain plans Lansing launch

by Joe Torok
The time it takes to get a Zoup! restaurant up and running after naming a franchisee varies greatly, Ersher said. Securing real estate is usually the most cumbersome obstacle, typically taking anywhere from one to nine months. After a location is secured, a new Zoup! restaurant is within a couple months of opening.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Affordable wining while out dining

by Michael Brenton
Those of us who enjoy dining out know all too well that restaurant wine prices can stretch the budget. For the non-expense account crowd, that may mean ordering entry-level wine instead of that better bottle you want to sample.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Grape escapes

by Michael Brenton
Summer is here, and the next four months will bring a full slate of fun wine events around the state On June 13, take an easy day trip to the Ella Sharp Wine and Art Festival in Jackson, featuring art, wine tasting, live music and wine seminars.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

New release revel

Festival showcases latest wines from Leelenau, Old Mission

by Michael Brenton
On June 13, the northern Michigan community of Leland welcomed thousands of guests for the 24th edition of the Leland Wine and Food Festival.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Beaujolais brawl

by Michael Brenton
One minute past midnight on the third Thursday in November ' it’s the time established by the French government for the much over-hyped annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau, the first finished wine of the French vintage.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

A taste of Trinchero

Sutter Home family offers much more than White Zinfandel

by Michael Brenton
Nearly four decades ago the Trinchero family, proprietors of Sutter Home Winery, revolutionized the mass-market, entry-level wine business with the introduction of White Zinfandel, that omnipresent “pretty in pink,” easy-drinking, slightly sweet, wine made from the free-run jui...
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