With our new location in Royal Oak opening soon, we know we'll have a lot of first-time visitors coming through our doors. And since we don't exactly fit the standard mold — we're sort of a wine shop crossed with a wine bar — we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves to our new neighbors!
At Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room...
We are not a bar. We don't serve liquor. We don't serve beer. We're a wine tasting room. Michigan wine is our passion and our focus.
We're not wine snobs (and we hope you aren't, either!). We believe there's always something new to learn, whether you're trying wine for the first time or have been drinking it most of your life. We're excited to answer your questions and help you discover new wines to love. And if you want to delve deeper, we offer casual, low-key wine education classes in a relaxed ambiance.
We're a small-town atmosphere within a little room. We get to know our regulars and we look forward to seeing them! Depending on the day, the feel is always different here. Sometimes it's quiet, sometimes it's bustling, but we're always happy to chat and our goal is to make everyone feel welcome!
We know Michigan wine. We've been running our original website, MichiganByTheBottle.com — which promotes the entire Michigan wine industry via articles, video features, video and audio podcasts, links to news stories, contests and more — for more than five years. We've visited most of the wineries in Michigan (and the rest are on our "to do" list). We regularly interact with winemakers, winery owners and Michigan wine lovers to stay up to date on the industry. Cort also pens the Michigan wine blog for HourDetroit.com and writes for Michigan Wine Country magazine. We love helping guests plan their trips to Michigan wine country and can recommend wineries they might enjoy based on their wine preferences and places to stay, dine, etc.
We believe in the adage "drink what you like" — while leaving room to be adventurous. That's why we have about 40 different wines on our tasting menu at any given time, all organized by category to help you find styles that match your preferences. We serve our samples in flights (a series of wines) so you can try several different wines at a leisurely pace. We're always happy to suggest wines based on what you usually like to drink, and we'll even pick your flights for you, if you like.
We're all about dispelling preconceived notions. If you haven't tried Michigan wine for years and you wrote it off as all sweet whites, it's time you give it another try. Our selection includes dry whites, semi-dry whites (and yes, sweet whites), semi-sweet reds, softer reds, bold reds, fruit wines, sparkling wines and dessert wines. Michigan wines — yes, including reds — are gaining acclaim domestically and internationally. What you see on the supermarket shelf isn't necessarily representative of the full spectrum of Michigan wine. Many skeptics leave our place singing a different tune.
We're committed to drinking, eating and buying local. Our vendors are all local, including Detroit Chocolat (Sterling Heights), Mindo Chocolate Makers (Dexter), Grassfields Cheese (Coopersville), Leelanau Cheese (Suttons Bay), Zingerman's Creamery (Ann Arbor), Little Rooster Bread Co. (Grand Rapids), Dave's Sweet Tooth (Harrison Township), Beau Bien Fine Foods (Detroit), Maria's House-Made Salsa (Hamtramck), The Popped Kernel (Sterling Heights), Germack (Detroit), Northwoods Soda (Williamsburg) and Lush Gourmet (Kalamazoo). We also team up with surrounding small businesses and restaurants for events. In Shelby, this includes places like Khom Fai: Thai Dining Experience, The Clean Plate and Detroit Style Pizza Co. We can't wait to work with our new neighbors in Royal Oak! We also support local artists: We're proud to serve as a long-term gallery for Grand Rapids painter Stephanie Schlatter and her "On the Michigan Wine Trail" series, and we have a rotating gallery section exhibiting local painters and photographers.
We want you to help you get up close and personal with our partner wineries. We regularly bring in the winemakers and winery owners for "Meet the Winemaker" events, Winemaker Dinners, etc. We think wine is made even more enjoyable when you get to know the people behind it!
We think wine complements all occasions. Besides the winemaker-focused sessions, have tons of different events each month, ranging from food and wine pairings (including pairings with partners like Zingerman's Creamery and Mindo Chocolate Makers) to comedy and musical performances to vendor fairs.
Dive into the world of Michigan wine with us!
For info about Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Shelby Township and Royal Oak, where we operate in partnership with several Michigan wineries:
For info about the entire Michigan wine industry:
We hope to see you soon in Shelby Township and/or Royal Oak!
Cortney & Shannon Casey
Owners, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room