Wine column

Chateau Chantal, the Rattlesnake and the Garden Party usher in summer

We’ve already had enough heat to get us into a summer mood. Now our state wineries and local restaurants are making it official. Following Memorial Day weekend, the wineries shift into longer summer hours and restaurants open their patios. Here’s a taste of what’s happening, along with a nice nod in Chicago to┬áMichigan wineries. >> … Continue Reading →

Oakland Community College and Michigan Speedway roll out big wine events

Pull out your tasting notebooks for two large wine events this week: The first is the annual Great Lakes Great Wine tasting and strolling dinner at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17. The second is the Great Lakes Wine and Beer festival at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, … Continue Reading →

Brys Estate's Stassen is on target with velvety reds, unique whites

Coenraad Stassen, the South African born winemaker and vineyard manager at Brys Estate on Old Mission Peninsula, has found his groove. Stassen is a master of fruit-forward, velvety red wines — he can make Cabernet Francs and Pinot Noirs that sing — and dry whites like the newest Gewurztraminer and Dry Riesling that are packed … Continue Reading →