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  1. Celebrate Galentine’s Day!

    Posted February 9, 2017 in

    February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day used to be just another ordinary day, but when the television comedy “Parks and Recreation” had a “Galentine’s Day” episode in 2010, the world changed forever. Galentine’s Day is the invented holiday that celebrates the power of female friendships. It is the brainchild of the main character, Leslie […]

  2. How to Craft with Wine Corks

    Posted January 25, 2017 in

    We’re in the middle of winter here in northern Michigan and when the wind is blowing frozen flakes around outside, there’s nothing we love more than opening a bottle of wine and pouring a glass to enjoy by the fire. But, once you’ve uncorked the bottle, what happens to that cork? Do you trash it […]

  3. Drink More Wine in 2017

    Posted January 4, 2017 in

    Happy New Year! As we welcome 2017, we’re looking forward to what this year holds for all of us. We’re also dusting off last year’s New Year’s resolution list, because why not, right? We didn’t get to the gym quite as much and, no, we didn’t cut out as much cheese from our diet as […]

  4. How to “Wine Down” After the Holidays

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    In the thick of the holidays, many of us find ourselves counting down the hours until January 2nd. That’s because between the hustle of holiday shopping, events to attend, keeping the kids occupied and prepping our home for the in-laws, we long for our first chance to kick back and relax. And what better way […]

  5. How to Shop with a Wine Glass in Hand

    Posted December 9, 2016 in

    We’ve made our lists and checked them twice. With the season’s chill in the air, it’s time to bundle up and hit the… mall? Or maybe it’s time to settle in to your favorite easy chair with your computer and credit card close by. Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a drag. As a matter […]

  6. How to Celebrate Friendsgiving

    Posted November 14, 2016 in

    Thanksgiving is an American holiday steeped in tradition. The turkey and all the fixings, the mashed potatoes, those awkward family conversations …ahh, it really feels like the holiday season. As much as we love our annual catch up with Aunt Edna over the bread basket, we are also big fans of the holiday that falls […]

  7. How to Properly Clean a Wine Glass

    Posted November 11, 2016 in

    Having some company over and feeling a little insecure about your nice wine glasses? You know, water spots, smudges or a cloudy effect tarnishing their look? You’re not alone. Lucky for all of us, there’s a simple wine glass cleaning technique that makes stemware perfectly presentable. It’s a simple, three-step process to clean a wine […]

  8. 5 Easy Food and Wine Pairing Tips for Thanksgiving

    Posted November 15, 2016 in

    Pairing food and wine can be a daunting task, even for the most expert wine drinker. When it comes to Thanksgiving, our wine choices become scattered between the highly acidic cranberries to the smooth and creamy mashed potatoes and the rich flavors of turkey.  Here are some basic food and wine pairing tips to help […]

  9. What Cheeses Pair Well with Riesling?

    Posted October 11, 2016 in

    We love Riesling and, frankly, Riesling loves us. Our rolling hills and temperate lakeside temperatures make a natural second “home sweet home” to this celebrated wine grape from Germany and the Alsace region of France. Since Riesling is part of the “good life” in Michigan, it’s good to know the kinds of cheese to match […]

  10. Are All Rieslings Sweet?

    Posted October 3, 2016 in

    Are all Rieslings sweet? As they would say in Germany, “Nein!”  From the Alsace growing region in France, you would be told “Mais, non,” and from the folks down under, “Krikey!” And as we would say at CGT, “No, not at all!” Our “fan favorite” wine at Chateau Grand Traverse may be the sweeter style Late Harvest Riesling, […]

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