Wine Tasting in Battle Creek


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  • St. Julian Winery
    What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? St. Julian Winery has been producing award winning wines since 1921. St. Julian consultants take pride in educating their customers and guiding them to discover their palate. In addition to wine, we also offer spirits, cider and non-alcoholic sparkling juices. St. Julian is family owned. What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared? St. Julian Reserve Late Harvest Riesling- Sweet Riesling, very smooth and won an International Double Gold. Sweet Revenge- this is a sweet red blend made with Concord grapes. Grey Heron Vodka- Made from grapes, distilled five times, very smooth vodka! What was the inspiration to start or run this business? Making wine is an art and a craft. Very interesting to learn about because there are so many different layers to the process. What do you love most about your job? Turning "non-wine drinkers" into "wine lovers." We have so many people who stop in who are first time wine drinkers. It is awesome to guide them to their new favorite wine.
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    716 South Kalamazoo Street
    Paw Paw, MI US
  • Warner Vineyards
    Stock up your home bar with an assortment of liquors from Warner Vineyards and become your own personal bartender. Time to update your look? This store has everything a woman wants from cute summer dresses to basic tees. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    706 South Kalamazoo Street
    Paw Paw, MI US
  • Satek Winery and Timbuktoos
    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
  • Tabor Hill Wine Port
    Amp up your home bar with a new bottle of liquor or a tasty spirit from Tabor Hill Wine Port. Drivers will find parking not far from the store.
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    214 Butler Street
    Saugatuck, MI US
  • Gravity Produce LLC
    Rockie Rick left behind the apples, peaches, and cherries of the farm he grew up on to pursue a business degree. But as he worked at different jobs, he realized that he missed working outside and yearned to be his own boss. Seeing southwest Michigan’s wine industry flourish, he bought land and began growing grapes to sell to a winery. Next, he organized bus tours of area wineries, the success of which enabled Rockie to buy more land for a total of 30 acres. In 2011, he and his staff began making wine from their own grapes, crafting the small batches in oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks. Rockie’s independent streak flourishes at Gravity Winery, from the modern indoor seating area with deep blues, crisp whites, and an industrial steel bar to a wine named after Rockie’s dog, Oliver, who’s known for greeting guests. “We tried to break the mold of what people think of when they go to a winery,” he says. “We figured … let’s be really different.” Rockie’s favorite wine is an “awesome peppery cabernet France” called The Theory, which sports an image of Sir Isaac Newton on the bottle. During wine flights—Gravity Vineyard’s version of a tasting and the best way for guests to sample a variety of glasses—he pairs it with dark chocolate laden with almonds and sea salt that is made locally by Vineyards Gourmet. The flights feature four wines paired with cheese or chocolate, and guests can savor their chosen flavors inside or on the patios for hilltop views of the nearby lake or vineyard. Though the knowledgeable staff can expertly pair each wine and easily converse with the staunchest of wine-lovers, Rockie and his staff eschew snobbery. “If you want to drink a big bowl of red cabernet with your fish, great. If that’s what you enjoy, that’s what you should do,” he says. “We don’t want anyone to be intimidated because they like a certain wine over another, or they don’t know the right word to describe it.”:m]]
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    10220 Lauer Road
    Baroda, MI US

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