Michigan can learn from Mawby and Laing

Over and over, we hear that Michigan's auto industry is headed for a mortal turning point in 2009. Drastic retooling is necessary or the not-so Big Three face bankruptcy, then extinction. And for Michigan's economy and the thousands of auto employees who still remain here,...

Wine industry to uncork plenty of news in 2009

It's that time of year again. The People, Products and Properties to Watch in this issue already has a good representation from the wine industry. So let's take a look at some specific stories likely to play out in '09:Tasting fees/sales by the glass: On...

Paid tastings pending on Old Mission

As the year winds down, the hot-button issue of charging for wine tasting is again under the microscope on Old Mission Peninsula. In November, Peninsula Township put on hold revisions to its zoning ordinance that, as drafted, would have allowed its seven wineries to charge for...

Vineyard prices soar; compare Michigan wines at TC’s Cherry Stop

Conventional wisdom holds that Michigan's real estate market plunged more than a year ago and has done nothing but sink since. But conventional wisdom ignores the small but significant niche of vineyard property. As the northern Michigan wine industry expands - with four new wineries...

Glass is half full: Wineries report robust sales

Nearly all northern Michigan wineries increased sales significantly last year, with the region's two largest - Leelanau Wine Cellars and Chateau Grand Traverse - both jumping more than 20 percent, solidifying their positions as the No. 1 and No. 3 Michigan wine sellers, respectively,...