It's intoxicatingly simple.
Few things measure up to settling in with a glass of vino after an especially troublesome day, or after a wonderful day – or on a day where you did nothing but binge-watch Netflix. Basically, we don't need an excuse to drink wine. And we Americans drink tons of it – almost a billion gallons in 2016 alone, according to The Wine Institute.
A few places around town are offering the opportunity to do more than just indulge but actually be a part of the winemaking process. And, as May 25 is National Wine Day, it seems the perfect time to partake. It typically starts with a tasting of raw juices and a bit of concocting, followed by a four-to-10-week fermentation process. Then you're invited back to bottle and cork your wine. Slap on customized labels and you're out of there with your very own case. Gift them, bring them to dinner parties or drink them alone without sharing a drop. As you wish. You made it.
Visit the taproom, open six days a week, or walk the 1.25-acre park-like wine and beer garden.
$180/15 bottles, $300/30 bottles
1370 N. Long Lake Road, Fenton
Started in 1999, the winery now boasts over 70 varieties of wine, including cabernet, chardonnay and white zinfandel.
39085 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
This Canadian establishment also offers specialty wedding packages.
$103.90-$223.90 (Canadian)/30 bottles
3750 Walker Road, Windsor, Ontario
This husband-and-wife team adds a minimum number of sulfites for a smoother taste.
446 S. Main St., Northville
WineMaker Magazine has awarded this spot multiple medals over the years in its annual competition.
8515 N. Lilley Road, Canton
Some 'Corky' Facts…
Approximately 44 million bubbles are in one bottle of sparkling wine.
Grapes have existed for around 65 million years.
The color in red wine comes from a plant pigment called anthocyanin found in the skin of red grapes.
Michiganders drank nearly 1 million cases of sparkling wine/champagne in 2015.
One cluster of grapes equals about one glass of wine.
Wine is fat-free and has no cholesterol. A 4-ounce glass has 80-100 calories.
Sweet wines are made by interrupting the fermentation process before all the grape sugars are converted into alcohol.
Research shows that white wines keep lung tissues healthy.