73: How to do a proper wine tasting with Andy Jacobson, Mari Vineyards

In this episode, Andy Jacobson, Tasting Room Manager for Mari Vineyards, shares with us not only some of their great wines but also how to do a proper tasting at a wine room. We talk about how to properly clean your pallet, what to focus on with aromas, and how to take the stress off of tasting wine.

Ep 71: Good Wine & More Bubbly with bigLITTLE wines and Mawby Sparkling

Mike Laing is back! Today he walks us through two wonderful wines, one from his own bigLITTLE wines and a wonderful bubbly from Mawby Sparkling. We talk about how bigLittle wines developed a signature white pinot noir; Mawby’s partnership with Cherry Republic, and how Michigan wines fit into the world stage of wines.

Celebrating 100 Years at St Julian Winery with Nancie Oxley

St Julian Winery & Distillery

St Julian Wines is now celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2021!  Nancie Oxley, the Vice President in Charge of Wine Making (which is the coolest title ever!) shares with us the rich history of St Julian Winery, what it takes to put together a great tasting bottle of vino, and some recommendations to try this […]

Wine Tasting at Black Star Farms with Sherri Fenton

This interview was fun!  Sherri Fenton, the managing owner of Black Star Farms, sits down with us and shares Black Star’s rich history, their philosophy in creating great customer experiences, and some great wines for you to try. We also talk about snow-shoeing around their farm, winter events that are happening … and how they […]

Running Three Bay City Restaurants with Dave Dittenber

Dave Dittenber Downtown Restaurant Investments

Dave Dittenber is building a successful restaurant business.¬† His secret?¬† He took the time to assemble a great team. Developing a solid model, he owns three restaurants in Bay City and one in Midland. He shares with us how he built his team and what his plans are for moving forward. Show Notes: Old City […]

Crafting a Great Bottle of Wine with Sean O’Keefe with Mari Vineyards

Sean O'Keefe - Mari Vineyards

Sean O’Keefe is the head Wine Maker at Mari Vineyards just outside of Traverse City on the Old Mission Peninsula.  He talks to us about what goes into a great bottle of wine. We also discuss some of the history of Michigan Wine and the impact “The Curse of Oak Island” has had on their […]

Mike Laing – Mawby Sparkling Wine – Enjoying Bubbly

Mawby Sparkling Wine - Mike Laing

Mike Laing left a safe career as a school teacher to become integral with Mawby Sparkling Wines.  Then he took it a step further when he and his brother started Big Little Wines.  In this episode, we talk about his leap from school teacher to wine maker.  Also, how does the average person get into […]