News alert: Riedel seminar, Michigan By The Bottle and Old Mission events, St. Julian Chard


Georg J. Riedel represents the 10th generation of the famous Austrian family that has been making fine glass ware since 1756 and today is known for its precisely produced and shaped wine glasses tailored to showcase individual wine varieties.

Join Riedel for a special red wine seminar and Champagne reception at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham on Friday, Jan. 25. Riedel will focus on how a glass shape can enhance a Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, and participants can take home a complimentary set of three Riedel XL wine glasses.

Details: Cost of the event is $65. Sponsor is Plum Market. The reception begins at 6 p.m. The tasting seminar starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. You can order tickets online.


The new Michigan By The Bottle tasting room, which offers wines from six Michigan wineries, will hold its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19.  The open house will feature free single samples, a 5 percent discount on single bottle sales and 10 percent discount on six or more bottles, plus door prizes. George Heritier, a local musician and founding member of the Gang of Pour wine blog, will perform.

The Shelby Township storefront tasting room by Shannon Casey and wife Cortney Casey, which is named for their popular wine blog, features wines from Chateau Aeronautique in Jackson; Chateau de Leelanau, Suttons Bay; Domaine Berrien Cellars, Berrien Springs; Gill’s Pier Vineyard & Winery, Northport; Peninsula Cellars, Traverse City; and Sandhill Crane, Jackson.

The Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room is at 45645 Hayes, north of Hall Road, in the Hayes Center Shoppes on the west side of Hayes. Need more address markers? Look for Lifetime Fitness or Sherwood Brewing Co.


If you are in the Traverse area this weekend, head to wineries on Old Mission Peninsula for “Warm Up on Old Mission,” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. All the vintners are participating. Purchase a souvenir mug for $15 at any winery and enjoy warm comfort food, winter beverages and mulled wine.

Old Mission’s next event is Romancing the Riesling from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.


St. Julian Wine Club members got a taste of the 2011 Braganini Reserve Chardonnay produced off vineyards in southwest Michigan owned by Mike Nitz and Ed Oxley — a nice touch giving growers a nod on the back label. It’s a smile-maker: Packed with nectarine, peach and apricot fruit laced with spicy oak and vanilla. It has a lovely creaminess in the midpalate. A portion was aged in oak, the rest in stainless steel. Head to the St. Julian tasting rooms to find it. Price: $15.