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Wednesday, November 3,2010

Romancing the Rhone

One formidable French valley yields a variety of tantalizing wines

by Michael Brenton
The under-appreciation factor, which for years made these wines screaming bargains, is disappearing, but this region of France remains a great source of highquality wines without the higher price tag of many Bordeaux or Burgundy region wines of comparable quality.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Drunk with power?

Proposed regulations on wine sales might make consumers see red

by Michael Brenton
Hold on to your rights, wine lovers, because they are (still) under attack by the associations representing beer and wine wholesalers on state and national levels.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

It’s my party, and I’ll wine if I want to

A little imagination plus a little libation can add up to a whole lot of fall fun

by Michael Brenton
Sadly, the long days of summer and barbecue season are waning. But the colorful days of autumn are almost here: People are returning from summer holidays, football season is upon us, and the opportunity for tailgating and finding excuses to have fun with friends will soon be in full swing.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

The grape escape

Michigan wines impress at Leland festival

by Michael Brenton
I was curious to see if there would be many wines from the challenging 2009 vintage, and how they would show, but most of the wines continued to be 2007 and 2008 juice.
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Wednesday, July 7,2010

Zinfandel-icious selections

Savor the many flavors of this summertime wine

by Michael Brenton
In 1975, Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel experienced a "stuck fermentation," a problem that occurs when the yeast dies out before consuming all of the sugar. This problem juice was set aside. Some weeks later, the winemaker tasted it and preferred this accidental result, which was a sweet pink wine.
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Wednesday, June 2,2010

Cool fun in the summertime

Raise a glass to wine festivals all over the state

by Michael Brenton
On the same day, at the Leland Wine and Food Festival, you could enjoy visiting the Leland Harbor and historic Fishtown, while sampling some of the finest new release wines from both Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula wineries and tasting specialties from the area’s finest restaurants and food purveyors.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

From Leelanau with love

Bel Lago Vineyard and Black Star Farms unveil an assortment of delicious releases

by Michael Brenton
At the Bel Lago Vineyard (www.bellago.com), wine is made from grapes grown in family-owned vineyards overlooking Lake Leelanau. Black Star Farms (www.blackstarfarms.com) is an “agricultural destination” that features two winery production facilities with adjacent tasting rooms, a distillery, an inn and an equestrian facility.
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Tuesday, April 13,2010

Delectable discoveries

There was plenty to pour — and adore — at annual MSU Museum Wine Tasting event

by Michael Brenton
The annual MSU Museum Wine Tasting Fundraiser at the Kellogg Center on March 26 again provided a vinous cornucopia of current release wines which were eagerly evaluated by hundreds of attendees. More than 25 wineries were represented and well over 150 wines were presented, several by their winemakers.
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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

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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