All 50 states make wine these days — but that doesn’t necessarily mean they should. I mean, sorry, but can you imagine a Nebraskan Pinot Gris? Fortunately, Michigan is blessed with a climate conducive to winemaking. We decided to find out what makes Michigan wine great with the help of the folks at 45 North Vineyard and Winery, a spot known for consistent quality, beautiful facilities and happy dogs.

Meaderies and Cideries: Apples, Honey and Booze, Oh My!

Written by Josh Veal | Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:18 |

Hard cider and mead exist in a liquid twilight, neither beer nor wine nor liquor. Cider is light and sweet like a wine, but with the ABV and carbonation of a beer. Mead is its own beast entirely, smoother and richer than wine. So if you’re looking for something special, here’s our guide to all the fermented apples and honey you could ever want.

Review: 'Motown the Musical' performances transcend tangled script

Written by James Sanford | Wednesday, 03 May 2017 09:52 |

The songs outshine the script — how could it be otherwise? — in “Motown the Musical,” written by none other than Motown founder Berry Gordy (adapting his autobiography, “To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown”) and scored with more than 50 of the immortal tunes his record label issued between 1958 and 1983.

Trend alert: Rosé on the reg

Written by Missy Black | Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:03 |

The rise of rosé is here, and it’s time to peel back the many layers of summer’s big sip. Summer already is flipping its hair and flirting with us and there’s no better way to celebrate than with the official wine of the season. 

Michigan Winery Directory: A Short List of Mitten State Wine Destinations

Written by Revue Staff | Wednesday, 03 May 2017 09:28 |

Wineries are a little harder to find than breweries, but that doesn’t mean we have any shortage of the stuff in West and Northern Michigan. Dozens of wineries are pumping out more than enough vino for all (supposedly thanks to a France-esque climate). Southwest Michigan and Traverse City are particularly dense with vineyards if you know where to look.

Try Before You Buy: Beer stores where you can sample brews

Written by Joe Boomgaaard | Tuesday, 02 May 2017 14:24 |

Whenever you buy a new craft beer at the store, you essentially roll the dice on whether you’ll like it. Unlike going to a brewery where servers are happy to let you try a sample, most retail stores typically do not offer consumers a preview. Luckily, that trend is starting to change as new specialty stores create space for small bars, taprooms or filling stations.

Dawn of the Doughnut

Written by Troy Reimink | Tuesday, 02 May 2017 10:26 |

A new era of doughnut consumption has dawned. West Michigan is home to several beloved doughnut stops — Marge’s Donut Den, Sandy’s Donuts, Van’s Pastry Shoppe, to name a few — but here are some of the impressive new players that have joined the market in the past year.

Janet Jackson to play Grand Rapids

Written by Revue Staff | Tuesday, 02 May 2017 10:21 |

This fall, Grammy Award-winning artist Janet Jackson is headed to 56 cities around the continent, including Grand Rapids

These days, Mike Posner might be one of the most soft-spoken superstars on the pop charts.

Last Call: The Siciliano from Principle Food & Drink

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 01 May 2017 12:02 |

Learn how to make our featured cocktail of the month: The Siciliano from Principle Food & Drink in Kalamazoo, and watch an exclusive video tutorial with Principle’s Bar Manager, Dan Reinisch.

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