Fancy a fruity, full-bodied Malbec? Prefer to sip sweetly on riesling or swirl a Sauvignon Blanc ripe with citrus notes? No matter which varietal of vino you're pining for, we've got endless ways for you to slow down, sip, and savor the beautiful thing we call Michigan Wine Month when you Go Great Lakes Bay this May! Check out this list of 6 wineries and wine bars that are good to the last pour:
Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie (Frankenmuth)
There's nothing better than sipping on fine wine (unless that wine is served from a tap, alongside a beautiful board of charcuterie, piled high with Prosciutto Di Parma from Italy, positively massive Mediterranean olives, and some of Spain's finest Manchego)! Because, at Frankenmuth's Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie, down-to-earth decadence is served up by the glass (or the bottle - you choose!), with wines from the world over just waiting to top your list of all-time favorites. Come to Prost! to sample from 60 different wines (and six on tap!), but stay for the ever-changing menu of charcuterie, craft cocktails, and small plates.
Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar (Downtown Saginaw)
Enjoy wine the good old fashioned way it was intended: at a 1920s-style speakeasy patterned after the classic wine bars of Europe, all inside the historic, inspired architecture of the beautiful Bancroft building. Best of all, while you will find everything from Cabernet to Chianti, you won't find any wine snobbery here: Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar is built on the belief that "the best bottle of wine is the one you enjoy most..." (and enjoy, you will, at this vintage-inspired, heart of Saginaw hangout).
St. Julian Winery (Frankenmuth)
As the oldest and largest winery in Pure Michigan, St. Julian offers up a more-than-sip-worthy selection of locally produced fine wines, and we're proud to have a tasting room where you can try (and buy!) them on your next visit to Frankenmuth. Cozy up for a $7 wine tasting and sip on six samples of your choosing from a selection of over 60 wines and spirits (with a complimentary, take-home tasting glass, to boot!), but be sure to mark your favorites; we highly recommend buying a few bottles so you can keep celebrating Michigan Wine Month long after you've gone!
Whine Bar (Midland)
As if the perfect pour of wine weren't enough to lull you into a total state of "ahhhh", try this: sipping from an overstuffed leather chair near a roaring fire, a custom bar crafted from vintage wine barrels, and an enormous glass wine cellar stocked to the ceiling with the stuff a wine lover's dreams are made of! Midland's Whine Bar offers up "vino to vent by," along with favorites like Wine Wednesdays, Appy Hour, and live local musicians every Friday (and some Saturdays, too). Plus, while you're here, you can try their exclusive line of wines (think: Chitty Day Chardonnay or Yes, No, Maybe So Merlot).
Jake's Old City Grill (Old Saginaw City)
With two Wine Spectator Magazine Awards of Excellence and an Award of Distinction from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Jake's Old City Grill makes even the pickiest wine lover's hearts go "pitter-patter" with their extensive list of fine wines, best shared by the bottle with friends. Here, you'll find so much more than your standard whites and reds. Think: Bordeaux Style Blends from Argentina, Carménères from Chile, even Australian Syrahs. They're all here at Jake's, ready to be sipped in style at the edgy, urban heart of Old Saginaw City.
Grape Beginnings Winery (Downtown Midland)
Wrap up your Michigan Wine Month excursion in Downtown Midland at Grape Beginnings Winery, where everything from a Southern Passion Peach Apricot Chardonnay to An Apple A Day Green Apple Riesling are ready to be poured for your personal (or private group) tasting. While you sample, share small plates from their light menu (like gorgonzola honey bruschetta, spanakopita, or simple cheese and crackers).