Andy Fles Vineyard Manager

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What started out as a simple job on a friend's farm to earn some extra cash while in high school, became the beginning of Andy's journey to a true love of farming.

Fresh Asparagus Roll-Ups - Our Take on Pigs in a Blanket

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Everyone I know has a fond childhood memory of Pigs in a Blanket (it may still be my wife’s favorite guilty pleasure!). Those sweet juicy little sausages wrapped in soft, chewy yeast rolls were a necessity at any and all childhood birthday parties. For an easy, fresh and healthy upgrade, try this great recipe for Asparagus Pigs in Blanket.

Grove Restaurant Vendor Spotlight

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"As long as you're passionate about what you do it will be interesting. There is often the perception that like other types of production, wineries just take grapes and crank out product all year long. In reality, we start with annual crop cycles for our fruit, and from there it can be anywhere from 6-24 months to get the initial end result."

For The Love of Dirt: Our Unique Terroir

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The type of soil in which a vineyard is established is one of many factors that mold a wine’s style, or as the French say “terroir,” that is… a sense of place or environment. There are also many other factors at play, such as climate, topography, and vine management. But, everything begins and ends with the soil.

Morel and Ramp Risotto

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Once spring arrives Up North everyone starts to go crazy about foraging. 2 of our greatest wild treasures are the much-coveted morel and the widely available ramp.

Kasey Wierzba Winemaker

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In March of 2016, Kasey was promoted to Winemaker, a role where she will continue to utilize her creativity and detailed focus to craft expressive cool climate wines.

Bottle Talk: A Historical Lesson on Wine Bottles

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The cool, rainy days of spring may delay vineyard work, but we stay busy in the winery; bottling. Spring is the best time to bottle Shady Lane’s 2015 bright aromatic whites like Riesling, Muscat, and Gewurztraminer. For these wines, further aging is always best in the bottle. The bottle? That leads us to a question most wine lovers have thought about.

A Budding Opportunity

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Life in the vineyard is just beginning to show itself. But what are the managers and farmers working on, where are they focused, what are they doing now that will set the pace for the whole season. Well, it all begins with the buds!

Do You Know How Sweet You Really Are?

Trust me, at some point all wine drinkers have been fooled as to how sweet a wine might really be. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard somebody claim a wine is sweet when it is not, or go on about how beautifully dry a wine is that has quite a bit of residual sugar in it.

Crafting Responsible Wines

Winemaker Adam Satchwell is featured in this great article, by Carol Thompson at The Record Eagle, about the sustainability movement in the Michigan wine industry!

"Do You Know the Truth? Sulfites and Wine Headaches"

In my now 40 years in the wine business I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had the sulfite and wine headache conversation. Besides the obvious “You’ve finished the bottle by yourself? No wonder you have a headache!”

What You Need to Know About the Amazing World of Wine Aromas

First, I like to say my wines smell a lot… in a good way, and that’s just how I like it. Second, if you really want to know everything there is to know about wine aromas enroll in the Viticulture & Enology program at the University of California, Davis, spend 6 to 8 years earning your Ph.D., and then you may know half of what there is to know.

What's in a Name? The Blue Franc Story

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”... So if a wine is made from the grape Lemberger, as it is known in Germany, does that mean it would not smell as sweet as the wine made from the grape known as Kekfrankos? In spite of the immediate image of stinky cheese wine that Lemberger might suggest, the two grapes are one and the same.

Who Are We and Why Are We Here?...Just Kidding, It's About Wine!

This may not be quite as important as that eternal question that ponders our existence, but when it comes to understanding wine, this ranks way up there. This topic is examined and discussed by winemakers, viticulturists and gonzo wine snoids endlessly, but rarely is it completely understood by the most important element in the world of wine; the wine drinker. And the topic is… tannin.