Before the invention of wine, large concord grapes mostly were used to stain garments and knock down pins during hamster bowling tournaments. Savor grapes in liquid form with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of bottled wine and mead at Raftshol Vineyards in Suttons Bay.
Raftshol Vineyards fills glasses throughout Michigan with the white wines, meads, ice wines, and more than 1,000 cases of red wine it crafts every year from grapes grown on its lush, expansive property. Defying cynics skeptical of Michigan's cold winters and grape-eating wine weasels, Raftshol's thriving crops are transformed into luscious wines, including the Insight red, a light and fruity blend of cabernet and merlot ($9/bottle), and the cabernet franc, an ideal pasta pal boasting cherry and raspberry flavors ($12/bottle). The butterfingered may prefer to stain their shirts with Raftshol's light-colored riesling dessert wine, a spicy, sweet postdinner sip ($6/bottle), or the translucent chardonnay with citrus and vanilla tones ($9/bottle). Visitors who saunter in between noon and 5 p.m. enjoy an unpretentious free tasting of the vineyard's wines and meads in the absence of loud, inebriated poltergeists.