The founders of Michigan By The Bottle, a website community promoting the state’s wine industry, have partnered with 12 wineries to open a collaborative wine tasting room in Auburn Hills.
“We originally were considering opening near Great Lakes Crossing to try to capitalize on the shopper/traffic volume of that area, but when negotiations on the space fell through, Auburn Hills Assistant Planning Director Shawn Keenan said, ‘I have the perfect spot for you guys, in downtown Auburn Hills,’” says Cortney Casey, co-founder of Michigan By The Bottle. “We didn’t even know downtown Auburn Hills existed at the time, but as soon as I saw the space, I knew it was the one.”
Located at 3384 Auburn Rd., the nearly 2,750-square-foot Michigan By The Bottle tasting room will feature wine from Left Foot Charley (Traverse City); Chateau Aeronautique (Jackson); Laurentide Winery (Lake Leelanau); Mackinaw Trail Winery (Petoskey); Shady Lane Cellars (Suttons Bay); and more.
The tasting room will offer wine by the bottle, glass, and various-sized flights ranging from $6 to $24, as well as Michigan-made snacks such as cheese and charcuterie boards, truffles, crackers, and nuts.
The Auburn Hills location will also include a private room, which will be reserved for wine education workshops, events, and small gatherings separate from the general wine tasting area.
Founded in December 2012, Michigan By The Bottle also operates tasting rooms in Shelby Township and Royal Oak.
“We’ve really enjoyed interacting with wine lovers in metro Detroit and watching how much excitement they get out of discovering new wines and wineries,” Casey says. “We want to get as many metro Detroiters enthused about Michigan wine as possible.”
The Auburn Hills location will open on July 9. Hours will be from noon to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit www.mbtbtasting.com.