GLWAS at the WSWA WLC

WSWA Women’s Leadership Council first annual meeting in DC- Kicking off the event with a philanthropic event benefitting House of Ruth. We’re proud that two of our employees, Heather Kerr and Megan Iaccino, participated in the WSWA Women’s Leadership Council. There were 45 attendees from all over the US. GLWAS …

Color Blind

Within the panoply of historic quotes and prose relating to wine are a few quotes that have been passed on and tweaked and amended and live on in some form, centuries later. One favorite is ‘The first duty of wine is to be red’. Although the internet abounds with claims …

Is Cellaring Wine a Fading Notion?

Wine Geek has had a couple of good weeks: in the past 20 days or so Geek has tasted (drank) a 1953 Château Margaux, a 1990 Gaja Sorì Tildìn and a 1985 Comte Armand Pommard ‘Clos des Epeneaux’. All were gorgeous, ‘correct’ and in great condition (the Gaja was extraordinary!).  …

Your Glass Shows Your Class

In Wine Geek’s decades of experience with this subject, he has seen the entire gamut: from restaurateurs that used only expensive crystal (albeit not always wine-friendly) to those that would refuse to pay more than $1 a glass (which were so thick & heavy, one could hammer nails with them). …

GLWAS Retirement Announcement

Great Lakes Wine & Spirits would like to thank John (J.P.) Payne for his 30 years of service.     J.P. started as a delivery driver, known for his promptness and willingness to work with the router for the most efficient delivery schedule. J.P. later carried his penchant for efficiency …

The Prisoner Wine Company

Great Lakes Wine & Spirits is excited to announce that we now distribute the wines of The Prisoner Wine Company, including: The Prisoner Red, Saldo Zinfandel, Cuttings Cabernet Sauvignon, Thorn Merlot, and Blindfold White Blend.  

An Explosion of Pink!

Three-plus years ago, Geek devoted this space to note an emerging trend we spotted at that time: sales of pink wines (aka rosés) were starting to heat up dramatically in Michigan’s more cutting-edge restaurants. Fast forward to summer of 2016 and heat up is an understatement: rosé wine sales are …

Let’s Bring Some Closure

  Almost 10 years ago—when the whole ‘screwcap thing’ was just starting to percolate—one of our New Zealand producers gave us a choice on our container order (1,100 cases) of Sauvignon Blanc: ‘you can have cork, or screwcap…same price’. Being early adopters, we were inclined to say ‘make it all …

Whither the Wine Critic…

  The Power Brokers of the past have faded considerably and now the most important wine critic might be sitting right next to you  There was a time when one went to the local wine shop, asked a few questions (perhaps answered a few as well), a few selections were …