After a successful first year at their original Shelby Township location, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room has officially opened the doors on a second location in Royal Oak. A venture from the founders of the Michigan By The Bottle website (an online community which promotes the Michigan wine industry), the Royal Oak tasting room brings together eight partner wineries (two more than in Shelby Township) from throughout Michigan.
The first venture to bring multiple previous unaffiliated wineries into a single off-site tasting room, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room is also the only wine tasting room in metro-Detroit to focus on wines produced by Michigan wineries using their own estate-grown and/or locally sourced grapes. The wineries featured in Royal Oak include 2 Lads Winery, Sandhill Crane Vineyards, Chateau de Leelanau, and more.
Following their December 10th official opening, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Royal Oak will be open for your holiday shopping needs with extended hours. Though not usually open on Mondays and Tuesdays, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room will be staying open from 12 PM – 9 PM on Monday December 22nd and 29th, and Tuesday December 23rd and 30th, in addition to limited hours (12 PM – 4 PM) on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
First on my list to pick up? A chocolate covered wine bottle. Yes, a chocolate covered wine bottle. (Commence drooling.) Of course, “regular” bottles of wine are available for purchase, as well, along with a wide sampling of Michigan-made snacks, including milk chocolate products from Detroit Chocolat, nuts from Germack, cheese from a variety of locations (Grassfields Cheese, Zingerman’s Creamery, Leelanau Cheese), and more. Sated and quenched? Pick up some Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room glassware or clothing.
If you plan to stop in to pick up a gift, however, be prepared to stay for a taste. With about forty wines from their eight partner wineries, served in a variety of tasting options, I can’t imagine getting out of the tasting room without actually tasting something! Whether you’re going all out with The Tour (five 2 oz. wine samples, Flight Bites, a Special Pour, and crackers or nuts) or you’re opting for a Mini Flight or just a Special Pour, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room always has something to suit your preferences.
This also extends to the variety in the wine selection: though Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room is always partnered with the same eight wineries, they rotate through different wines, so even the most frequent of visitors will often have something new to try. Not to say you need to be a wine aficionado to enjoy the tasting room.
With a neighborly, relaxed environment, the tasting room has the vibe of being among friends. In fact, owners Cortney and Shannon Casey remembered my name after only having met me once, more than two years ago. It’s this genuinely friendly, welcoming that makes coming to the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room a fun experience. As a very casual wine drinker, I was completely comfortable asking questions and for recommendations; and these are the people to ask — the experts. Cortney and Shannon have been running Michigan By The Bottle for more than five years.
Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room also promotes this sense of community by offering events completely open to the public. In the first month and a half of being open alone, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room (Royal Oak) will host a Christmas Eve Eve Celebration, a meet and greet with local artist Sheryl Burns, and a Grand Opening Celebration. Of course, if you’d like to plan a private event, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room does that, as well.
Stop in and check out the new Royal Oak Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room to sample some amazing wine, food, and company! Be sure to like Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room on Facebook and follow on Twitter!