MWC Gains Inaugural Sponsorship!
MWC is thrilled to welcome our first sponsor, Prestige Glassware of Bay City. Prestige Glassware is a family run company now being operated by their second generation. They are a MICHIGAN company providing jobs in the community for 45 people. Prestige Glassware is officially recognized in the USA as a premium decorator of glassware.
Prestige has been a glassware decorator for 40 years and has expanded their product line from 12 items to over 950 items. Prestige products are mostly drinkware and similar styled vessels made from glass, ceramic, stainless steel or acrylic. They service a large variety of customers in the hospitality, brewery, winery, and distillery industries. The primary goal of Prestige Glassware is to establish professional relationships while branding other businesses to help them grow and become household names.
Click Here to visit Prestige on the web. E-mail fellow MWC member Richard Budd with any inquiries regarding Prestige.
Prestige Glassware is a valued member of the Michigan Wine Collaborative and our first newsletter sponsor. Thank you Prestige!
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Michigan Rosé Victorious at the 2018 Experience Rose Competition
Michigan wine gave an outstanding performance at the 2018 Experience Rose Competition in April. Producers from all over the globe entered wines for this competition. Eligible rosé styles varied from sweet to dry to sparkling. A panel of 11 judges were gathered to rank the vast array of nominations from all over the country as well as international submissions. The panel gathered at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, CA in a private tasting session to determine the winning nominations in each category.
Winning wines are invited to the follow up event to this competition in June in Napa, CA. The Great Rosé Summer Pairing event takes place on June 16, 2018 and is open to the public. Let us know if you are planning on representing Michigan wine at this event. Congratulations to all of the exceptional and victorious Michigan rosé producers!
MWC Gears Up For Chicago & Eastern Market
One of the goals of this event is to expand knowledge of the Michigan wine industry. We are anticipating that in addition to the expansion of knowledge of Michigan wine, we will also see an expansion of distribution of Michigan wine. We strive to see Michigan wines on more restaurant and hotel lists in our state as well as across the nation.
Immediately following the National Restaurant Association show comes the Michigan Wine & Cider Festival at Eastern Market in Detroit. This event takes place on Thursday, May 24 from 5:00-8:30. The Michigan Wine & Cider Fest has a soft spot in our hearts due to its exclusive Michigan beverage vibe. We love the opportunity to have all factions of Michigan wine and ciders production descend upon the Motor City for an evening dedicated to the craft of premium wine and cider production. Make sure to swing by the MWC booth if you make it out for this event.
Viticulture & Enology Opportunities Abound
Make sure to check out the Free Lecture Series at North Central Michigan College. This lecture series is focused on Enology & Viticulture with an emphasis on wine production in Michigan. The schedule is listed below. Click Here to register!
NCMC Free Lecture Series Schedule
With the most recent tax reform directly affecting our wine industry many of our member wineries are concerned with how they will be affected. MWC is here to help navigate those concerns with our membership. Some wineries will find the new tax program advantageous while others will take a financial hit. According to Jim Tresize, President of Wine America, the new TTB regulation means,”Wineries which totally control production and sales from start to finish will get the full benefit (an effective rate of 7 cents per gallon on the first 30,000 gallons produced, for example), while those using custom crush or remote bonded wine cellars will have to pay the full excise tax rate ($1.07 per gallon) on the wines subject to those scenarios.”
MWC is working on navigating this change as well as communicating information to our members. Please Submit Questions/Concerns to us and we will publish as many answers as possible in upcoming newsletters.
Grape Growers Survey
We need to hear from you! MWC is working on creating a comprehensive map of what varieties are being grown in Michigan and where. Please participate in our Grape Growers Survey if you have vines in the ground. We are excited to share the results when completed. Click Here to take the survey now.
For more news and information, please visit us atwww.michiganwinecollaborative.com. If you haven’t already please like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @michiganwinecollaborative, and on Twitter @MIWineCollab. We look forward to seeing you online!
Dave Miller, President
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Do you have an event, news, or accolade you would like published through MWC? E-mail Emily at [email protected] to submit material.
Are you involved in any of MWC’s valuable and dynamic committees? We are looking for motivated and industrious members to help our committees thrive. To request more information on available committee seats click here.
We recently formed a new committee! The new Cold Climate committee is being chaired by Jessica Youngblood and will be devoted to the support and innovation of cold climate varieties in Michigan. If you are interested in joining or if you have any questions please Contact Jessica. The next meeting for this committee will be May 29th at 9am. Call in information will be listed on Basecamp. Contact Us if you would like to be sent that information
Communications committee meeting call date is TBD. Call in information will be listed on Basecamp. Contact Us if you would like to be sent that information or to check in about the date of the call. Any inquiries may be directed to committee chair Brian Lesperance.
Membership committee call date is TBD. Call in information will be listed on Basecamp. Contact Us if you would like to be sent that information or to check in about the date of the call. Any inquiries may be directed to committee chair Gina Shay.
Sustainability committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday June 12th at 11am. Call in information is listed on Basecamp. Contact Us if you would like to be sent that information. Any inquiries may be directed to committee chair Matt Moersch.
MWC cannot thank our members enough for supporting us and collaborating with us on the future of the Michigan wine industry. We need you to help us spread the word about MWC membership. Every member who cultivates a fruitful referral will receive a small thank you gift from MWC.
Reminder that board meetings take place monthly. All members (voting and non-voting) are welcomed to attend. In addition, time is allotted for public comments or questions. The next board meeting is scheduled for June 5th at 10 am. Board meetings will take place the first Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted. For call-in information check Basecamp or contact us here.