Release the Wines! Taste, Explore and Experience the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail

Even during these colder days of early Spring,  the wineries are waiting for you to come taste some their new releases and your favorites.  It’s warm inside, so come and experience the comfort and pleasant surroundings while looking out over the vineyards on these beautiful days.  You can come for the day or make a weekend of it.  We are close enough that you can enjoy a day visiting some of the wineries and make it home at a reasonable time.  If you stay the weekend, shop the quaint towns that dot the lake shore. Stay at the BnBs, inns and hotels. Making it memorable, and come back again, soon.   It’s a great time for wine tasting and exploring our beautiful region along the shores of Lake Michigan.,4570,7-350-79134_79210—,00.html  There is info for Michigan residents and visitors to Michigan.


Cogdal Winery – will be hosting a release party on Saturday March 24…mark your calendars, as you won’t want to miss this one. There will be ribs paired with sauces to complement the wines.

Did you know that Cogdal donates 25¢ of every bottle to local charities?  Some of last year’s recipients included – American Brain Tumor Assoc.; Al-Van Humane Society and Wings of Hope.

Lazy Ballerina – On Saturday, March 24th 6:30 – 8:30pm sip and see how to make gourmet spreads and toppings for your toast.  Chef Hayes will present these great ideas.  Check the website for details .

April and May

Things really begin to bloom, trees, flowers, expanded days of the wineries, shops, beach time.  The wineries will be releasing wines throughout the season, so you have the chance to taste your favorites and new ones that will become additional favorites.  Each winery is a unique experience with the same goal of bringing you great wine from right here in West, South and Southwest Michigan.  We like to call it the Lake Michigan Shore AVA (American Viticulture Area).


Don’t forget to get you tickets for the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival.  We are moving the event to Warren Dunes State Park.  More room, more wines to taste all in one location, food trucks, live music all nestled between the dunes and Lake Michigan.  You can park at the festival.  You can buy online or while you visit the wineries here along the Wine Trail.  Also able to buy at Harding’s and Martin’s Food stores.   $10 online  $15 at the gate –  Saturday June 16.

Don’t forget, if you don’t have a Michigan State Park pass, you can buy one online rather than wait until you get to the park.

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