On PBS: 'Great Lakes Great Wines' visits Berrien County, Mich.

This Amish-build barn houses Round Barn Winery and Distillery in Baroda, Mich. (Image courtesy of Mimi Productions)

This Amish-built barn houses Round Barn Winery and Distillery in Baroda, Mich. (Image courtesy of Mimi Productions)

Cozy up to a fun visit to Michigan wineries, a restaurant and a vacation rental home in the New Buffalo area on a new Detroit Public TV series starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The pilot episode for “Great Lakes Great Wines” is hosted by Chicago certified sommelier Michael Bottigliero, who dubs himself the “Windy City Wine Guy,” and not surprisingly pays a visit to Southwest Michigan — the vacationland for Chicagoans.

A savvy Michelle De Long is the producer at her Mimi Productions in Chicago.

Bottigliero visits with the Moersch brothers Chris and Matt at  Round Barn Winery and Distillery in Baroda and winemaker Jim Lester at Wyncroft Winery in Buchanan, and makes stops at the legendary Redamak’s in New Buffalo for burgers and a luxurious four-bedroom vacation rental home in New Buffalo offered by Bluefish Vacation Rentals.

I viewed the pilot episode and found it fun and informative — especially for summertime visitors.

The visit to Round Barn shows how the Moersch family business has evolved with this magnificent barn that houses the distilled spirits production and many weddings.

If you are new to visiting wineries, you will discover how remote and connected to the land these businesses are. And how ready they are to receive visitors.

The peek into Wyncroft is a rare one because the wines are by sold by subscription only and there is no tasting room. The winery is housed in the back of an old grocery store in Buchanan and makes wines that are are sold at the finest restaurants in Chicago and Metro Detroit. Bottigliero was taken by the oak-fermented and aged Chardonnay that tastes straight out of Burgundy.

The burger tavern Redamak’s in New Buffalo has been around for 38 years and is famous for its burgers — and the fact they accept cash only.

Touring a vacation rental home in the area caps off the this episode.

Good job, I say!

Contact Sandra Silfven at ssilfven@hotmail.com.

NEW ON TV

“GREAT LAKES GREAT WINES”

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19

Detroit Public TV Channel 56

Repeating June 20 and June 22.

Viewers in Chicago, Grand Rapids and Toledo should check local listings.

Learn more.

 

Jim Lester talks about his Wyncroft wines on a visit to his Avonlea Vineyard. (Image courtesy of Mimi Productions)

Jim Lester talks about his Wyncroft wines on a visit to his Avonlea Vineyard. (Image courtesy of Mimi Productions)