Wine Tasting in Defiance

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  • 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
  • Wine Seller
    Cocktail enthusiasts will be happy to know that Wine Seller has affordable and tasty liquor and spirit options. For parking, you'll be able to look towards the nearby area for available space.
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    2721 Plymouth Rd
    Ann Arbor, MI US
  • 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
  • Parmenter's Northville Cider
    You'll definitely want to add this place to your arsenal of grocery stores. At Parmenter's Northville Cider in Northville, you'll have the ability to shop a diverse selection of groceries that are both affordable and highly nutritious. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. Have you heard about the amazing frozen food offered here? Conveniently priced and designed to save you time where it counts, you'll be amazed you didn't try these dishes sooner. The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping. Skip breakfast? No problem! Parmenter's Northville Cider features a fresh selection of juice that's easy to grab while on the go. Parmenter's Northville Cider is a local eatery that serves up free parking. Commute by bike to Parmenter's Northville Cider and find easy bike parking. Whether you plan a weekly menu or eat by the seat of your pants, Parmenter's Northville Cider is your ticket to a better-tasting meal.
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    714 Baseline Road
    Northville, MI US

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