The Michigan Wine Collaborative (MWC) and the MWC Inclusion & Expansion Committee is proud to announce The Dream. This exciting project is an epic collaboration among Inclusion & Expansion Committee members and the industry to create a benefit wine and strategy to fund the MWC Inclusion and Expansion Scholarship Fund. This fund aims to support the educational expenses for students of color in the state of Michigan who are seeking wine service certifications or wine production training and education. The 2022 edition of the Dream was created and launched by our committee with incredible efforts from the “Dream Team” featuring Inclusion & Expansion Committee Chair and Wine Specialist at House of Pure Vin, Chuck Jackson, MWC Vice President and Director of Hospitality Operations and Distribution at Chateau Chantal, Brian Lillie, Head Winemaker at Chateau Chantal, Brian Hosmer, Owners and Winemakers at Drew Ryan Wines, Peter King and Merrick Steele, and Owner and Sommelier at GRNoir, Shawtawn Brigham.
In December of 2022 the team coordinated a tasting panel to finalize the blend of the wine which included additional members of the trade including Owner of House of Pure Vin, Regina Gaines, Black Girls Wine Detroit Chapter President, Misha Byrd, and Founder and Partner of Kapstone Employment Services, Tammy Turner. The group came together to finalize blend, sugar, and style of this historic wine in a way to ensure mass appeal and success of the project. This truly collaborative effort is something all of us at the Michigan Wine Collaborative are extremely proud of and excited to share with the state of Michigan and beyond the winter of 2023.
This white blend is a shining example of when people work together for the common good. A portion of each bottle sold will fund a DEI initiative with the Michigan Wine Collaborative that will bring wine industry education and opportunities to underrepresented populations in Michigan. The 2022 edition is a semi-sweet blend of Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Auxerrois, and a new and innovative variety of grape currently referred to as GM-31857. This wine is hand crafted with Michigan grown grapes through a collaboration between GRNoir of Grand Rapids, Drew Ryan Wines of Southfield, House of Pure Vin and Domaine Detroit Brands, and Chateau Chantal in Traverse City. Your purchase of this product will positively impact this world.
We are happy to share that The Dream is officially in bottle and we welcome you to take a look behind the scenes of the historic event! Follow the link below to download and view The Dream coming off the bottling line.
Where to Buy
Stay tuned for a listing of websites and retailers where The Dream will be available for purchase!
More Ways to Contribute to the Dream
In addition to supporting this cause by purchasing bottles of the historic wine, we are also encouraging the industry and the public to aid in the Dream by donating directly to the cause. Please consider contributing at the link below. We ask that you specifically note the Inclusion & Expansion Scholarship Fund on the donation form so that the funds can be earmarked for this particular cause. We also encourage general donations to the Michigan Wine Collaborative so the organization can continue to pursue projects and initiatives including our Inclusion & Expansion efforts and other important causes affecting the Michigan wine and grape industries.