Fueled by the passion of winemaker and obsessive-compulsive grape-stomper Lisa Berry, Vintner's Cellar offers several wines fermented in Royal Oak. During your tasting, you'll get to sample five different wines from a diverse range of red, white, fruit, and specialty libations. You'll also get to snack on cheese, crackers, grapes, and crackery grapecheese creations while soaking in the lively décor of intermingling dark and vivid tones like a sponge tuxedo. The wine tasting is good for two people, so buddy up or carefully wheel a frenemy's bed to the cellar before he or she wakes up.
The Kunhenn brothers spend every day of the week brewing and overseeing the production of beers at Kuhnhenn Brewing. That kind of dedication is what makes the brewery a well-deserving recipient of numerous brewing awards. In 2012, the highly sought-after DRIPA?or Double Rice IPA?took home a gold medal at the World Beer Cup, and the insanely popular Raspberry Eisbock has consistently been one of the highest-rated beers in the world since its release in 2004. Inside the brewery's lively tasting room, visitors can sip on flights to sample a variety of beers, or order larger glasses or pints of their favorite brew.
In 1997, Kip and Dennise Barber sold their suburban home. But it wasn't because they were downsizing or moving to the city. Instead, they used the money to purchase a large, wooded plot of land in Grass Lake, which they cleared and planted with rows of grapevines. And thus, Lone Oak Vineyard Estate was born. Over the years, the couple worked to add more and more varietals to the vineyard, and today, their estate is home to 12 types of grapes spanning 25 acres. Handpicked at the peak of ripeness, each of the European grapes is transformed into estate wines, such as dry reds, semidry whites, and utterly sarcastic dessert wines.
Since 1946, John Christ Winery has been a destination for locals and tourists alike, who stroll across the verdant property and sip samples of the many wines made onsite. The Kopf family took over day-to-day operations in the early 1990s, and continue to welcome visitors to the rustic tasting room decorated with Americana memorabilia and plenty of windows to let in natural light. Taking a seat at a table or sidling up to the bar, visitors can sip samples of the red, white, and perpetually embarrassed blush varietals.
State by state, 50 Sips increases its stock of American-made wine. The store, which exclusively sells American varietals, began with reds and whites from its home state of Michigan. Now, every month it adds wines from a different state?and welcomes each new state with monthly tastings complete with small plates for pairing.
50 Sips even sends two hand-selected wines from each featured state to members in its monthly wine club. Alongside wine, the store spotlights craft beer, hard cider, and specialty food from American vendors such as Bar Harbor Jam.
As blues and R&B tunes pour from the speakers, the aromas of Southern cooking spill from Beans & Cornbread's open kitchen, making mouths water for what Hour Magazine calls Detroit's best soul food. The dishes don't disappoint. From gumbo and catfish to fried chicken and pork chops, each entree oozes flavor and comfort, backed by the addition of homestyle sides such as candied sweet potatoes and black-eyed peas. It's down-home through and through, but as Gayot pointed out, the chef's "experience in upscale restaurants becomes evident" in each dish. The kitchen strives to use the highest quality ingredients, including fresh salmon filets, local collard greens, and farm-raised catfish that know how to milk a cow.
Metromix praised Beans & Cornbread's "modern elegance . . . with cushy purple booths and Motown and jazz memorabilia hanging on the walls," enough to earn TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence. ?The restaurant also encompasses two other ambiance-rich spaces: Sidebar wine and martini bar, a sleek lounge with a copper bar and occasional live music, and Red Velvet, a VIP suite with leopard-print club chairs and an AV system ideal for parties and meetings of up to 50 people.