Four Fun Ways to Celebrate Michigan Wine Month

Michigan-Wine-sunsetDid you know that April is Michigan Wine Month? With more than 100 wineries nestled among 15,000 acres of scenic vineyards, Michigan truly is wine country. Whether you’re the occasional wine drinker or a professional connoisseur, there are numerous opportunities to get out and experience Michigan’s wineries this spring.

So, pop open that 2002 vintage red that you’ve been saving for the right occasion and toast to Pure Michigan. Here are four fun ways to celebrate Michigan Wine Month:

Attend the Michigan Wine Showcase in Detroit - April 7, 2014

To kick off the wine season, the Michigan Wine Showcase is taking place April 7th in Detroit. Join Master Sommeliers Claudia Tyagi and Madeline Triffon and 30 Michigan wineries for wine sampling and lavish appetizers created by Chef Chris Franz at The RattleSnake Club. Winemakers and winery owners will be on hand during this fabulous walk-around tasting to share their new release wines from the 2013 vintage! The Michigan Wine Showcase is a fantastic opportunity to experience the excellence of modern Michigan wines … and to enjoy sumptuous appetizers! Tickets are available in advance for $38 or $45 at the door.

Check out the Michigan Wine Celebration - April 12-13, 2014

Celebrate Michigan Wine Month at the Southeastern Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail’s “Michigan Wine Celebration” on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13! Each winery along the trail will feature an appetizer or dessert prepared by a local chef and paired with their featured wine. The price also includes one tasting glass. A recipe card with the featured recipe will be given out to ticket holders at each winery.

Plan a visit to one of Michigan’s Wine Trails

If you can’t make it to an event, then be sure to check out a wine trail. Michigan is home to many unique wine trails. While the majority of vineyards are based on the western side of the state, wineries can be found in nearly every region. Here’s a list of wine trails around the state:

Impress your friends and family with Michigan wine facts

Share the Michigan Wine Month spirit by showing off your knowledge of Michigan’s wine industry with these fun facts about  from the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council.

  • - Michigan wineries attract more than 2 million visitors annually
  • - Michigan’s wine, grape and grape juice products add nearly $790 million of economic value
  • - The industry accounts for more than 5,000 jobs statewide and produce a payroll of more than $190 million
  • - Michigan is ranked the fifth state in wine grape production in the nation and vineyard area has doubled in the last 10 years
  • - The wineries produce more than 1.3 million gallons of wine annually – placing Michigan 13th in wine production

How will you celebrate Michigan Wine Month this April? 

For more information on Michigan wineries, watch the video below.

Pure Michigan Facebook Fan Photos March 2014

As signs of spring began to peek through this March, our Pure Michigan Facebook community shared some stunning photography! From snowy winter sunsets to thawing river rapids, here are just a few of these fantastic photos from our fans. For more fan photos captured last month, check out the gallery on our Pure Michigan Flickr page.

Anchor Bay in Chesterfield, MI starting to thaw. Photo submitted by Make Macomb Your Home via Anne Nicolazzo.Anchor Bay in Chestefield Make Macomb Your Home Anne Nicolazzo

Sand peeks through the snow at 5th Ave Beach in Manistee, MI. Photo by Facebook fan Joy Fett.Joy Fett 5th Ave Beach Manistee MI

A Winter Walk in Emmet County. Photo submitted by Charlevoix Photography Club via Marie Hubert Friske.Charlevoix Photography Club Winter Walk in Emmet County Marie Hubert Friske

Gills Pier Ice Cave near Leland, MI. Photo by Facebook fan Michelle Perszyk Thomas.Gills Pier Ice Cave Leland Michelle Perszyk Thomas

Underneath the Magnificent Mackinac Bridge. Photo by Facebook fan Leandro Martins.Leandro Martins PhotoArtBrazil

Melting ice formations near St. Joseph, MI.  Photo by Facebook fan Josh Nowicki.Josh Nowicki St. Joseph MI

The St. Joseph Lighthouse shines through the night. Photo by Facebook fan Tammy Scott.Tammy Scott St Joseph Lighthouse

Ice breaking up near Frankfort, MI. Photo by Mark Lindsay Photography.Sunrise in Frankfort Mark Lindsay

Black & White Upper Bond Falls in the Western Upper Peninsula. Photo by Michigan Nature Photos – Photography by Greg Kretovic.Upper Bond Falls Michigan Nature Photos Paulding MI

Sunrise on the backroads of Allegan County. Photo by Facebook Fan Craig Gardiner.Sunrise on the backroads of Allegan County Craig Gardiner

Which photo from March is your favorite?

Fans Across Michigan Celebrate Detroit Tigers Opening Day 2014

 What does Pure Michigan mean to the Detroit Tigers?

Last year, we asked some of the star players and coaches “What does Pure Michigan mean to you?” See answers from Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Alex Avila, Danny Worth and more in the video below.

Are you in Detroit today for the Tigers’ home opener? Share your photos with us on Facebook or use #puremichigan on Instagram.