Weekend Wine: Clean Slate Riesling from the Mosel

Give the bottle a good chill, twist off the screw cap and pour yourself a summer refresher. This is modern Riesling — from the Mother Country and without any words to translate. This collaboration of Moselland in Bernkastel-Kues and U.S. importer Winebow, running $12-$13, is one smart wine from the flavors to the styling to … Continue Reading →

2012 Great Lakes Great Wine Competition results

As wine competitions go, most are held in California and are international in flavor. States hold wine competitions for their own wines if the industry is big enough. So it’s rare when a small community college puts on its own competition, such as the Great Lakes Great Wine Competition by the Orchard Ridge Campus of Oakland … Continue Reading →

Awards, inside stories at the Michigan Wine Showcase

The recent Michigan Wine Showcase at the Rattlesnake painted a bright canvas of today’s Michigan wine industry — the vintners with lots of experience who keep trying new things, the newer wineries finding their groove … and brand new wineries finding their way. More from my notebook: The buzz at Chateau Fontaine and Black Star … Continue Reading →

St. Julian introduces new red and Reserve Late Harvest Riesling

Just in time for Michigan Wine Month, St. Julian is rolling out two new wines that are delicious, affordable and available — a trifecta for wine lovers! The new 2011 St. Julian Late Harvest Reserve Riesling, $12.99, in fact, is the total wine package I have been waiting to see in this state — a … Continue Reading →

Weekend Wine: Cupcake Dry Riesling Columbia Valley

  Cupcake Vineyards Dry Riesling Columbia Valley 2010, $9-$10: Cupcake Vineyards hits ’em out of the ballpark. Cupcake partners with vineyards all over the world to produce top-notch, affordable wines. And the grapes from Washington’s Columbia Valley make this one sing. It’s so true to form: grapefruit, pineapple, nectarine, white flowers and a blast of … Continue Reading →