Whether you’re out at dinner or at a bar with friends, you know you have that favorite, classic cocktail. Maybe on the weekends you try your hand at it, with poor ingredients and little direction, and it never tastes quite the same. 

Honeycombs and Honeycrisp: Mead and cider around West Michigan

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 25 April 2019 13:40 |

Mead, cider and wine are all cut from the same cloth. 

In fact, mead is sometimes referred to as “honey wine,” though that’s a bit misleading — there’s a big difference between white wine with honey added and true mead, made from fermented honey, with no grapes involved. 

West Michigan Wine Directory: A roundup of regional vineyards and wineries

Written by Revue Staff | Thursday, 25 April 2019 13:08 |

You may not know it, but here in West Michigan, wine is all around us. Whether you’re out in the vast orchards of the southwest or up in the rolling hills of Traverse City, there’s no shortage of grapes to be found. Our whites and bubbly are especially notable, but maybe even better is the simple pleasure of sitting around a table with friends, tasting your way through the winery’s flavors while overlooking the winding vineyards on a beautiful day. We’re here to help you find new vintages and tasting rooms alike — here’s your guide to just some of the great wineries the mitten can proudly claim.

I’m up north, bopping about a peninsular wine trail, when I find my schnozz inside another tasting glass, sniffing the day’s fifth Merlot. The menu proposes such scents as “bramble jam” and “tanned leather.” 

Cocktails can be a little intimidating, to be sure.

When you pick up a menu and see words like amaro, falernum and aperol for the first time, it starts to feel like a foreign language textbook. You could always take a gamble and assume any word you don’t know is some sort of herbal liqueur — you’d often be correct — but isn’t it better to actually understand what’s in your drink?

Snap Shots: A quick guide to quenching your thirst in West Michigan

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 25 April 2019 12:18 |

West Michigan is no Sahara — you can find something to drink with ease. 

In the social media age, where more content reaches more eyes and ears than ever before, true creativity all too often gets lost in the algorithm.

Fashion Forecast: Sunnies

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 25 April 2019 11:45 |

We’re all dropping money on sunglasses right now, so we might as well know what’s hot, where the trends are headed and who has the best knowledge on summer’s favorite accessory. 

The recent case of Jilmar Ramos-Gomez has thrown West Michigan directly into the national debate over immigration.

Potshots: May 2019

Written by Andy Balaskovitz | Thursday, 25 April 2019 11:04 |

 A monthly roundup of marijuana news and notes.

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