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Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room Brings Local Wines and Connoisseurs Together

By Pamela Sosnowski

Michigan By The Bottle (MBTB) Tasting Room is transforming the way wine is being sampled. More than a wine shop, the establishment also offers small plates of food to enjoy with wine flights and hosts regular events such as live musical performances, and blind tasting challenges. Sipping and savoring a great glass of vino has never been more fun.

The concept was created by Shannon and Cortney Casey, a suburban Detroit couple that loved wine but found the area lacking in wineries and wine-related events. They launched a wine blog in 2009 which proved so popular that they decided to partner with several Michigan wineries and open up a few tasting rooms to introduce wine lovers to the varieties being produced in their home state. Michigan By The Bottle is now found in three locations: Auburn Hills, Royal Oak, and Shelby Township.

"At the tasting rooms, we typically have about 40 wines open at any given time for tasting in flights," says Cortney Casey. "We have pretty much everything imaginable in terms of style: red, white, dry, semi-dry, sweet, sparkling, fruit wine, dessert wine, cider, etc. We also serve Michigan-made snacks like cheese, chocolate, crackers, toffee, nuts, and more."

Tastings are customizable; customers can enjoy a full flight consisting of five different 2 ounce wine pours plus flight bites, a mini flight which offers three different 2 ounce wine pours, or "The Tour", which delivers one full flight and bites with one special pour and a choice of crackers, almonds, or cashews. Wines may also be purchased by the glassful.

Some of the wines currently on the menu include a 2013 pinot gris from Laurentide Winery, a 2011 pinot noir from Chateau Aeronautique, and a 2013 semi-dry riesling from Shady Lane Cellars. According to Casey, wines are rotated so the menu stays fresh and new. The company is currently partnered with more than 15 wineries to bring a variety to every type of wine connoisseur and to help promote each winery, supporting the local economy.

The inside of each tasting room location is clean and contemporary, with burgundy-colored paint and cream accents. "In terms of decor, we have a laid-back, casual feel," says Casey. "We want our guests to feel comfortable; we don't want it to feel snooty or intimidating." The walls are adorned with colorful paintings by local artist Stephanie Schlatter.

Upcoming events at MBTB include Black Friday By The Bottle on Nov. 25, Small Business Saturday Customer Appreciation Day on Nov. 26. Some events are reserved for Sipper Club members only; membership gives guests discounts off wine purchases, priority registration to all MBTB Tasting Room special events, a free flight during your birthday month, and more.

For more info on MBTB and how to get in on all of the fun, visit www.mbtbtasting.com to learn more.

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Pamela Sosnowski is a freelance writer, social media manager, contributor for REBEAT...

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