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Mari Vineyards

Marty Lagina founded Mari Vineyards in 1999 with the desire to plant varietals that one does not associate with Michigan like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and others along with Cabernet Franc and Merlot.  He had friends come and help him the first … Continue reading

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Hawthorne Vineyards

I had heard about Hawthorne Vineyards; I think before they had bottled a wine.  A relative of the owner Bruce Hawthorne had mentioned the winery several times to me when he was buying clothes.  Too many salesmen talk, when they … Continue reading

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Black Star Farms

Last year when Black Star Farms was awarded the Best Wine at the 2018 Canberra International Riesling Challenge for their Arcturos Dry Riesling 2017 all of my Social Media sites were bombarded as to whether or not I had tried … Continue reading

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Traverse City Thoughts

If one were to ask me where the center of the wine industry is in Michigan, I would have to immediately say Traverse City.   If you were to go back in time perhaps twenty years ago, you would have not … Continue reading

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The Last Night at the Inn

The Inn at Bay Harbor was a delightful choice for attending a board meeting, but alas those meetings go by so quickly.  It sometimes seems like it is go-go-go; and it is for the attendees.  I on the other hand … Continue reading

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Summer Retreat

We found ourselves up at Crystal Mountain in the northwestern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan.  Crystal Mountain is now a year-round resort, but originally it was known more for skiing, but they have parlayed the grounds for all … Continue reading

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August Birthdays

When there are so many people in a family, it is easier to have one designated party for all the celebrants for any given month. It does make planning easier and less chance of having family absent from the party. … Continue reading

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A Reception at the Jockey Club

They say getting there is half the fun, but sometimes getting there can be nerve racking. Take in point that you have to drive about four hours, all the while checking for the times of the ferry service. We were … Continue reading

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Some Fun Dinners at Home

Given my preferences, I prefer Armenian cuisine, followed by Mediterranean style cuisine after that.  That is what I like, if not having something simple like a filet.  Of course my Bride gets bored with my requests and since we are … Continue reading

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Apache Trout Grill in Traverse City, Michigan

At one time Traverse City, Michigan was a quiet little resort town in Northern Michigan.  It is no longer quiet, as it has been discovered not only by Michiganders, but it has become a resort playground even for the city … Continue reading

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