CGT Blog

  1. Should You Store Your Wine in the Kitchen?

    Posted April 20, 2017 in

    Some wine connoisseurs may roll their eyes when they see a few bottles of wine in your kitchen. Many argue that exposure to heat – around the oven, especially – can negatively affect the quality of the wine. But is storing wine in your kitchen really that big of an issue? After all, wine belongs in […]

  2. Why Wine Glasses Really Do Matter

    Posted April 6, 2017 in

    We’re all guilty of some questionable wine glass choices, some even leave the glass behind and might swig right from the bottle (just don’t make it a habit). Many don’t give much thought to selecting a wine glass. It’s made of glass, sometimes has a stem and holds wine – good enough, right? Not so […]

  3. Pioneers of the Old Mission Peninsula

    Posted March 17, 2017 in

    Take a leisurely drive on a warm summer day on Old Mission Peninsula and you can’t help but marvel at the beauty around you: Rolling hills, orchards and magnificent views of Grand Traverse Bay on either side. A little over 40 years ago, Edward O’Keefe, Jr. saw beyond these scenic views and envisioned acres of […]

  4. The Meaning Behind Colored Wine Bottles

    Posted March 14, 2017 in

    Have you ever wondered why wine comes in different colored bottles? The answer is an interesting blend of science and tradition – and a great way to impress your dinner guests. Winemakers have been using colored wine bottles since the early 1700s. The most common wine bottle colors are dark green and amber. Other variations […]

  5. Scenes from a Winter Harvest

    Posted March 13, 2017 in

    Just as temperatures dropped to a chilly 10 degrees on the morning of Monday, December 19, workers at CGT bundled up for a winter harvest, hastily picking frozen Riesling grapes for Ice Wine. Ice Wine is a specialty dessert wine that can only be made from frozen grapes that are left on the vine well […]

  6. How to Swirl Wine Like a Pro

    Posted February 24, 2017 in

    Why do people swirl wine, anyway? The answer is slightly more complicated than the obvious one – it’s just to make the drinker look awesome and sophisticated, right?  The truth is, giving your wine a quick swirl around the glass has even more benefits than the built-in coolness it brings.  Wine is cooped up for […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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 […]

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