Wine Tasting in Defiance

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  • Satek Winery
    After respective careers as a research scientist and an educator, Larry and Pam Satek were ready to settle into retirement. They anticipated relaxing on the plot of land purchased by Pam's great-grandfather in 1915—a verdant space that had matured from an apple orchard into an overgrown tangle, and which the Sateks turned into a commercial vineyard where other Indiana wineries bought their grapes. Now that they had escaped the daily grind, the Sateks' plan was to begin crafting their own wine. They did so with well-recognized aplomb, and soon, their "retirement business" was winning awards at the INDY International Wine Competition. In the past three years, almost 80% of their wines have medaled—the 2012 contest alone landed them 23 awards, including two Concordance Golds, which signify a unanimous decision by the judges. Their success is hardly surprising, though, if one looks at the descriptions of their wines. They deem their Old Vine red zinfandel "a searing of lightning and poetry," and liken the sweet Mango Mania to "sunshine in your glass." The Sateks remain continually tapped into the community in an effort to share these wines, many of which are made from exclusively locally grown fruit. Their Twitter feed and Facebook page keep fans posted regarding new releases and suddenly sold-out varieties, and those hoping for a closer look can take a tour of the vineyard and bottling facilities. Additionally, special events such as dinners and pairing classes teach visitors how to expertly marry sips to bites without disappointing both of their families.
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    6208 N Van Guilder Rd
    Fremont, IN US
  • Lone Oak Vineyard Estate
    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.
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    8400 Ann Arbor Rd
    Grass Lake, MI US
  • St. Julian Winery
    St. Julian is Michigan’s oldest, largest and most awarded winery. This family-owned winery, founded by Mariano Meconi in 1921, is nestled in the picturesque fruit-growing region along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Today, grandson, David Braganini, has adopted the family tradition of wine making.
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    716 South Kalamazoo Street
    Paw Paw, MI US
  • Champion's Sports Bar and Restaurant
    Relax and savor Champion's Sports Bar and Restaurant's casual ambiance and classic American cuisine. Foods low in fat are not on hand here, though, so get ready to loosen your belt buckle. Champion's Sports Bar and Restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question. Champion's Sports Bar and Restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along. Make sure to check out Champion's Sports Bar and Restaurant's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday. Large groups will appreciate Champion's Sports Bar and Restaurant for its ability to seat them quickly. To get seated fast on a weeknight, you may want to call ahead and make a reservation — after-work crowds can fill the place up. It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from Champion's Sports Bar and Restaurant and enjoy! The parking lot near Champion's Sports Bar and Restaurant will have you in and out in a jiffy. A meal at Champion's Sports Bar and Restaurant will typically set you back about $30. Champion's Sports Bar and Restaurant dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
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    1150 S Harrison St
    Fort Wayne, IN US
  • Uptown Vineyard
    we specialize in wine tasting. We also do local fund raisers for groups that want to have some fun while they are raising funds
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    1516 Adams Street
    Toledo, OH US
  • Boundary Waters Cafe Market
    Don't settle for an inferior brew! The java at Boundary Waters Cafe Market will perk you right up. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. With Boundary Waters Cafe Market's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening. Got kids? No problem at Boundary Waters Cafe Market! The coffee shop is a fantastic spot for families to dine together. For no extra charge, utilize Boundary Waters Cafe Market's free wifi. At Boundary Waters Cafe Market, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated. If time is of the essence, Boundary Waters Cafe Market's take-out option may be a better fit. The coffee shop also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Boundary Waters Cafe Market to your next party or event. Drive to lunch or dinner at Boundary Waters Cafe Market and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street. Expect your bill at Boundary Waters Cafe Market to come in at around $30 per person. At Boundary Waters Cafe Market, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card. You can stop by at almost any time, since Boundary Waters Cafe Market offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    220 W Chicago Rd
    Sturgis, MI US

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