Trentino-Alto Adige

Trentino-Alto Adige   As mentioned in these missives before, it seems that almost all of the world’s great wine regions happen to be in incredibly beautiful areas. Few however are as beautiful as the region most recently visited by Geek…Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige.   Located in northeastern Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige is …

Carl Tacey, In Memoriam

Carl Tacey 1951—2017 We mourn the loss of our friend & co-worker Carl Tacey, who passed away in June of this year. Carl was truly a one-of-a-kind person: he touched all whom he encountered. He will be missed, both as a friend and as valuable member of our management team, …

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 …

Bubbles – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A great friend recently told us that her daughter doesn’t like the term “Brunch”.   Instead she chooses to use the word “Blunch” to describe the weekend meal, that no matter what you call it, is something between breakfast and lunch and in many cases involves a rejuvenating and/or inspiring alcoholic …