wine http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-20th-2014 <p>The Justice Department is investigating General Motors for delaying a recall of more than a million and a half cars. On today's show: how is this recall affecting GM's reputation?</p><p>And, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;new Michigan law will now allow you to literally BYOB, bring you own bottle of wine to a restaurant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">tarting a business can be hard, but what about starting a business with a mission to help end homelessness? That's exactly what&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Empowerment Plan aims to do.&nbsp;</span></p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;Rick Pluta,&nbsp;Captiol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of It's Just Politics, joined us to talk about how Lansing plans to spend surplus money.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:21:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 16918 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 New law allows you to bring your own wine to Michigan restaurants http://michiganradio.org/post/new-law-allows-you-bring-your-own-wine-michigan-restaurants <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new Michigan law will now allow you to literally BYOB, bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant. </span>Chris is the Chief Restaurant Critic and Wine Writer at Hour Magazine, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:19:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16916 at http://michiganradio.org New law allows you to bring your own wine to Michigan restaurants New Michigan law may benefit state wineries http://michiganradio.org/post/new-michigan-law-may-benefit-state-wineries <p>Michigan diners can start bringing their own bottles of wine to restaurants.</p><p></p><p>A new corkage law went into effect on Friday. &nbsp;&nbsp;It says restaurants with liquor licenses can permit outside bottles of wine and charge a corking fee to serve them.</p><p></p><p>State representative Jim Stamas sponsored the bill.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says the law will promote Michigan's wine industry.</p><p></p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:34:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16861 at http://michiganradio.org New Michigan law may benefit state wineries Stateside for Monday, September 23rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-september-23rd-2013 <div><p>In a few weeks, a U.S. District judge will hold a hearing on a Michigan case that challenges the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. On today's show: we explored the implications the case could have in Michigan and across the nation.</p></div><div>Also on today's show, Michigan wines are really making a name for themselves outside of the state. We talked to a connoisseur&nbsp;who isn't the least bit surprised by that news.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, according to a new report, lobbyist spending on free lunches for legislators has gone up. We spoke to Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network to see what else they are spending on.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference was this past weekend. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics"><em>It's Just Politics</em></a> co-hosts Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark joined us to talk about what happened there.</div><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:52:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 14550 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, September 23rd, 2013 Michigan wines are getting some love across the country http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-wines-are-getting-some-love-across-country <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Go to New York. Visit a nice restaurant. And, you just might find yourself looking over the wine list and find an entry that might be surprise you. A Michigan wine.</span></p><p>The Chief Restaurant Critic and Wine Writer for Hour Magazine, Chris Cook recently wrote about that surprise, and he joined us today to talk Michigan wines.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:22:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 14549 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan wines are getting some love across the country Making Michigan wine with cheaper solar energy http://michiganradio.org/post/making-michigan-wine-cheaper-solar-energy <p>Crain Hill Vineyards in Leelanau County is touted as the first in Michigan to run 100% on solar power, and a start-up energy business sees an opportunity for homes and farms because of the steep price drops to install solar in the last year.</p><p>Robert Brengman owns Crain Hill Vineyards with his two brothers. He says it’s been a goal from the beginning to tread lightly in this place.</p><p>“We’re looking at having a zero carbon footprint on this vineyard, in this winery. I mean that to me is exciting,” Bregnman said. “I think it’s a little part. And we’re trying to do our part of keeping this beautiful area the way it is.”</p><p>They won’t be buying electricity generated by burning fossil fuels. There are three new solar arrays mounted on steel poles on a south facing slope that are within sight of the winery’s tasting room.</p><p>Tom Gallery designed the system for Crain Hill and says the arrays are built to gather as much sunlight as possible. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Bob Allen 14234 at http://michiganradio.org Making Michigan wine with cheaper solar energy Northern Michigan winemakers hunt for a signature grape http://michiganradio.org/post/northern-michigan-winemakers-hunt-signature-grape <p>Michigan’s wine grape acreage has doubled over the past decade, and many say the quality of Michigan wine has also grown dramatically.</p><p>But to uncork a young wine region’s fullest potential, you need something more… you need a signature grape.</p><p>And there’s debate among winemakers in northern Michigan as to whether that’s been discovered yet.</p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Linda Stephan 13286 at http://michiganradio.org Northern Michigan winemakers hunt for a signature grape Michigan's farmers' markets take a step toward adding wine sales http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-farmers-markets-take-step-toward-adding-wine-sales <p>You could soon be able to pick up a bottle of wine at your local farmers' market.</p><p></p><p>Tomorrow, the state House Regulatory committee will discuss legislation that would allow wine sampling and sales at farmers’ markets. The bills (SB 79 and SB 279) have already passed the state Senate.</p><p></p><p>Donna McClurkan is with the Michigan Farmers Markets Association. She says it’s a way to support another part of Michigan's agricultural industry.</p><p></p><p>“We see it as a potential growth opportunity for aspiring small wineries,” says McClurkan.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 00:05:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12651 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's farmers' markets take a step toward adding wine sales Farmer's markets may soon offer a new attraction: wine tasting http://michiganradio.org/post/farmers-markets-may-soon-offer-new-attraction-wine-tasting <p>If you like to frequent farmer's markets, you may soon have something new to explore amidst the stands of fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, flowers and plants.</p><p>A bill moving through Lansing would allow wine tasting at farmer's markets.</p><p>What's this mean for Michigan wineries? Who gets to offer their wines for tastings at farmer's markets? And what's it mean for consumers?</p><p>Dan McCole, an assistant professor of tourism at Michigan State University, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 15 May 2013 20:04:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 12589 at http://michiganradio.org Farmer's markets may soon offer a new attraction: wine tasting Michigan winemakers experiment to get the most out of their grapes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-winemakers-experiment-get-most-out-their-grapes <p>Michigan winemakers are exploring a variety of options to get the most out of their crops. They’re experimenting with growing hardier grapes to handle whatever curve balls Mother Nature throws.<br><br>Michigan is now the eighth largest wine grape growing state. The grapes we grow really have to like Michigan weather, no matter what happens. Right now we’ve got room to improve.<br> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11963 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan winemakers experiment to get the most out of their grapes Stateside: The great grape state http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-great-grape-state <p><a href="http://www.michiganwines.com/">Michigan</a> is the fourth-largest grape producing state.</p><p>This is good news for wine lovers.</p><p>According to the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, there are 101 commercial wineries producing more than 1.3 million gallons of wine annually.</p><p>Christopher Cook, Chief Restaurant Critic and Wine Writer for Hour Magazine, spoke with Zoe Clark about the state’s growing industry.</p><p>“When our auto industry was in so much trouble, the wine industry was beginning to boom. In the past decade it has come the distance and has now reached a point in quality and size where it is being recognized across the country,” said Cook. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:33:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10710 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: The great grape state Stateside: Bad year for apples, good year for grapes http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-bad-year-apples-good-year-grapes <p>2012 will go down as an "annus horribilis" for most fruit-growers in Michigan. Apples, cherries, pears have been hit hard by the big March warm-up followed by a spring frost, then a hot, dry summer.</p><p>But if you are a wine producer in Michigan, you might be feeling happier about the weather we've had this year!</p><p>Eddie O'Keefe is the President of Chateau Grand Traverse Wines on the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula.</p><p>There was a lot of nail biting amongst growers early in the season said Mr. O’Keefe.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:45:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 9054 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Bad year for apples, good year for grapes Michigan wine: Success in a bottle http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-wine-success-bottle <p>As we continue our &ldquo;What&rsquo;s Working&rdquo; series this week, Christina Shockley sits down to speak with Linda Jones, the Executive Director of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council. Over the past decade, the wine industry in Michigan has grown ten to fifteen percent each year, with most of the wine being produced in the southwest and northwest regions of the Lower Peninsula.</p><p>With 14,600 acres of vineyards, Michigan ranks fourth amongst all states in grape production. Most of these grapes are used to make juices, but about 2,000 acres of vineyards are devoted solely to wine grape production, making Michigan the eighth largest producer of wine grapes. Ms. Jones says that when we talk about Michigan&rsquo;s wine industry, we are really talking about the grape industry as well.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re an integrated function. Many of the wineries in Michigan grow their own fruit. And our program is housed in the Michigan Department of Agriculture because wine is really an exemplary industry for value-added agriculture, meaning you take a crop that is grown here in Michigan and you add value to it on the farm property and attract customers to come and visit you, and that translates into a huge economic boom for that area when you can do that.&rdquo;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>In a state that has seen its industries and population decline in the past decade, Michigan&rsquo;s wine industry has continued to grow steadily. Jones says this is because wine production incorporates two of Michigan&rsquo;s strongest assets.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It combines our second and third largest industries: agriculture and tourism. Michigan is a long-standing fruit-producing state, especially on the west side of the state, but increasingly throughout Michigan we are planting wine grapes with new varieties that are being developed.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>But Michigan isn&rsquo;t just good at growing fruit because we&rsquo;ve been doing it for centuries. The climate in Michigan is particularly well-suited for growing grapes, says Jones. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:15:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & What's Working 1792 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan wine: Success in a bottle