Get a recap from the 2021 MWC Annual Meeting, prepare for #OpenLocalWine, get your wines in Grand Rapid’s newest wine bar, learn more about MIOSHA visits for COVID, register for the Cold Climate Conference, participate in a growers survey, read a message from MWC President Dave Miller, and more!
MWC 2021 Annual Meeting
We hosted our Annual Meeting in conjunction with the 2021 NW Orchard & Vineyard Show at 10am on January 21st. Both the Grape Sessions and MWC Annual Meeting/Election were well attending with 90 participants in the Grape Sessions and over 50 at the MWC meeting. We are aware there were some technical difficulties with some attending and apologize for the confusion. There is a link below to view the meeting. During this meeting we provided an overview of the 2020 initiatives of MWC, membership update, receive committee reports, and more. Following the committee reports the 2021 MWC election was conducted. To view the ballot results please CLICK HERE!
If you were not able to attend the meeting please click the button below to view a recording of the meeting.
Join in the #OpenLocalWine fun this April! This event last year raised almost $40,000 that went directly into participating wineries’ tills (and that was only 30% of the participants reporting their sales from the event). Link to winery registration is at the bottom of the following article. thecorkreport.us/2021/01/announcing-openlocalwine-on-april-10-2021/
GRNoir is now open for online/curbside pickup Monday-Saturday from 2-10. They are offering 4 wine club tiers at various price points. Visit the website www.grnoir.com to view the shop and place wine/merchandise/gift card orders or call 616-719-1191 to place food order and wine order when ordering food. GRNoir is greatly looking forward to opening the space to the public and for wine events when it is safe to do so.
Would you like to get your wines on the GRNoir list? Email Shatawn and Nadia HERE!
Schedule Your MIOSHA Visit for COVID Preparedness!
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) developed the MIOSHA Ambassador Program to help Michigan businesses operate safely during the pandemic. NSF is teaming up with the State of Michigan to provide free education and one-on-one guidance to Michigan businesses that want to minimize COVID-19 risks in the workplace.
The Michigan Wine Collaborative annual meeting was a huge success! Our thanks to all of the folks at MSU Extension and the Grand Traverse Fruit Council for helping to organize, advertise and Zoom the meeting to a group of nearly 50 participants. It was really apparent from our presentation that the MWC has been busy! Even in the face of COVID our amazing Board and Committees came up with great ideas for ways to help the Michigan Wine and Wine Grape industries in many ways. Check out the presentation for more details HERE!
I want to thank everyone for their hard work and selfless efforts to keep the MWC mission alive during what is probably the most difficult year any of us will face in our lives. There are lots of plans for action in 2021 once we can begin meeting face-to-face again. I’m sure the transition will take time and some of our new behaviors may be permanent, but we have a lot to do. Stay tuned!
We are still seeking volunteers to help organize and run The 2021 Michigan Wine Competition. We must act soon for the competition to happen this year. Contact Emily Dockery, Gina Shay or me if you are interested in helping out.
COVID vaccinations are proceeding, albeit slowly. But we know they keep making more right here in Michigan so our turn will soon arrive. It will be a relief. In the meantime, we must all remain vigilant and don’t let our guard down. Let’s keep doing what we’ve been doing so we can stay open for good this time: #staysafestayopen!
We look forward to getting back on track with several projects in 2021. We hope you can join us. Please consider working on a committee, running for an open board seat or presenting a project you want to make happen.
Here’s wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy 2021!
Michigan Wine in the News
Check out notable mentions in the media featuring Michigan Wine Collaborative members and promoting the Michigan Wine Industry