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April 18, 2019

Choices for International Malbec Day

Let’s celebrate April 17th 2019 World Malbec Day! Everyone Raise your glass and join us on a tour of Malbec wine. Malbec is native to South Western France in Cahors and known as the black grape, usually blended with tannat and merlot. The first vines were brought over from Bordeaux France to Ar  more...

July 3, 2018

BBQ Wines

Summer is here, there are plenty of warm and late afternoons to gather around the grill and enjoy some summertime barbecue.  There’s nothing tastier than barbecued chicken, or that perfect cut of your favorite meat with fresh corn on the cob and a good sized dollop of Nino’s Classic coleslaw. W  more...

June 19, 2018

Cheese and Wine Pairing

You just got home from work, and it's time to relax! You've already chosen the wine. Now it's time to figure out which cheese to select. Cheese enhances wine deliciously, and I love to experiment with the large assortment we have to choose from here at Nino's. When selecting a wine and cheese pai  more...

June 12, 2018

Sangria Recipe

My first memories of sangria date back to the early 80s when I vacationed with friends in Benidorm, a seaside resort on the Costa Blanco coastline of Southern Spain. Sangria is served traditionally everywhere during the summer and throughout the whole year in the warmer southern province of Spain.   more...

April 24, 2018

Sweet Endings, Dessert Wines

Well! The delicious and scrumptious dinner is over. If you’re anything like me, I always like to save just enough room for something sweet to end the meal with. That’s when the battle is on to try to decide what your dessert ending choice will be. With so many options and delicious choices to ch  more...

April 9, 2018

Fab Four For Fifty

Everybody remembers the original 'FAB FOUR' John, Paul, George and Ringo. Who's not a fan and does not love the Beatles? I have such fond memories about visiting Liverpool and the Cavern and walking down the original Penny Lane. But enough about that! Let me tell you about another fab four available  more...

March 27, 2018

Good Value Wines Under $15.00

Expensive wine can be amazing and it is nice to be able to bring out that special bottle you’ve been saving, so that you can share it with friends and family that appreciate it just as much as you do. Great wine doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and here at Nino’s we have a huge selection  more...

March 21, 2018

Easter Wines

I’m such a big kid when it comes to Easter, and I especially look forward to devouring the delicious Cadbury cream eggs and Milky Way bunnies all to myself. Easter is such a bright and happy holiday and for me, it’s the official kick off to the spring season. Easter is also a time for families t  more...

February 20, 2018

Nino’s International Taste Fest 2018

I am so excited to bring to you our 5th annual International Taste Fest! This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, each of our locations will be filled with authentic food and beverages from all over the world. This year, the wine department will be representing the country of France with the Barton & Gues  more...

February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day Drinks

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and affection, and it’s always very romantic to tell your loved one how much you appreciate him or her. So, you think you have everything you need, including a loved one, delicious chocolates, maybe a cute card and a stuffed animal, or a candlelight din  more...

February 6, 2018

Mardi Gras Cocktails

The biggest bar and street party in the US known as Mardi Gras is just around the corner, and who wouldn’t want to travel to New Orleans to celebrate in style? The bourbon street party is an awesome spectacle in itself, but during Mardi Gras it’s over the top. I love to people watch and it do  more...

February 1, 2018

Game Day Drinks That Can’t Lose

The football season is just about over, which means it’s time to celebrate the National Football League 52nd Super Bowl Championship. Once again, it’s defending champs with Tom Brady and The New England Patriots up against the underdog Philadelphia Eagles. So, whether you’re hosting a party  more...

January 16, 2018

Hot, Hot Drinks for Cold, Cold Nights!

The cold winds of winter are here to stay for a while, but so is the fun! My sister is coming in from sunny Texas so that my nephews can experience the same wintery excitement we did as kids. Snow angels, ice skating and snow ball fights are in the forecast, and so are hot chocolates with mounds of   more...

December 26, 2017

New Year’s Sparkling Review

Here we go again!; Whooo Hoooo! We are getting ready to close out an awesome 2017 and it’s difficult to invent new and crazy and fun ideas to ring in the New Year. So… Christmas is over and the New Year is right around the corner. What can we do to make this a memorable celebration? Perhap  more...

December 13, 2017

Wine Gift Guide

Thanksgiving is over! Whew! It’s time to take a deep breath and breathe easy for a couple of weeks, until the next big holiday celebration. This is a good time to take a break from the hustle and bustle and think about the perfect gift for that certain wine-loving someone in your life. As you walk  more...

December 9, 2017

Interesting Liqueurs and Holiday Liquor Gift Packs

Well, I just got home from Christmas shopping (phew!!), and I can almost scratch most of the names off my list. I don't know about you, but this time of the year can be really stressful for me--from people with crazy shopping carts, stealing my parking spot, to long lines everywhere, except here at   more...

November 29, 2017

Done with leaves! Liquor, please!

I woke up this morning and opened the bedroom door to the sight of my hungry, little cat begging for her breakfast. As the coffee brewed, I looked outside to the sight of - YEEEEECH!! - a yard full of leaves! I do love it here in Michigan, but this is one chore I absolutely despise every fall. No  more...

November 7, 2017

Wine Pairing With Your Favorite Takeout

It’s getting late. You just remembered you have ten things to do tonight after work. There are school activities, oil changes, picking the kids up, taking the family pet in for a much-needed grooming… You know the drill. Busy, busy, busy! Then what? Uh-oh! Dinner! You’re too tired, and it’s   more...

October 24, 2017

Halloween Cocktails

It’s six o’clock the porch light is on and here they all come, in their adorable little costumes all excited for the Halloween night. Can you believe Halloween is almost here and it happens to be one of my favorite times of the year. It’s such a fun time dressing up in your funniest or scaries  more...

October 17, 2017

Fall Liquor and Wine Beverages

It feels like the weather is turning the corner and fall might be here--finally! It definitely looks like fall in Nino’s produce department. The caramel apples are decorated so beautifully! Come check them out, and while you’re here, pick up some delicious apple cider that’s fresh and ready to  more...

October 10, 2017

Wine Cellar

wine cellar /ˈwīn ˌselər/ noun: 1. wine cellar;  plural wine cel·lars . a cellar in which wine is stored. . a stock of wine. The word “wine cellar” - When you say it or hear it is such a cool word. It invokes visions of a dimly lit room with beautifully aligned symmetrical shelve  more...

October 4, 2017

Fall Ciders

Can you believe it? Autumn is here! As I look outside my window, the leaves are already changing into the beautiful red and yellow colors of fall, and the pumpkin patches are crowded with a variety of pumpkins ready to be carved into jack o’lanterns. I love the smell of the freshly dipped caramel   more...

September 14, 2017

Oktoberfest Is Here: O’zapft Is!

On October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. And thank the beer gods he did, because over 200 years later, we are still celebrating that royal wedding by eating Brats and drinking fresh, flavorful beer out of giant steins! Traditionally, O  more...

August 15, 2017

Fun Summer Wines!

Whew!!! Today was a hot one! Is it really the middle of August already? Where is the summer going? In my mind, the perfect summer is enjoying a speedy boat ride and entertaining with friends by the pool on a hot summer night, or enjoying the tasteful aroma of a nice, juicy steak on the grill w  more...

August 3, 2017

Summer Beers

As summer reaches its peak, it makes me think about smoky barbeques, exotic beach trips and bumpy boat rides. And there’s nothing more refreshing than having fun in the sun and opening up an ice-cold beer.  Today, beer is a huge deal, and our guests at Nino’s love their beer. But I must admi  more...

July 25, 2017

Nino’s Barrel Selections

Here at Nino’s, we always have something new to offer with our very own hand-picked selections right from the barrel and taste tested by our staff here at the store. For me, it’s more than just picking out a barrel. We get to experience individual flavor profiles, and it even comes with our own  more...

July 20, 2017

National Tequila Day

July 24th is National Tequila Day and its time to have the famous Tequila shot. Are you ready? Everyone should know this one. You dampen the back of your hand near the thumb, sprinkle some sea salt on it, lick off the salt, take a shot of tequila, and take a bite of a lime and exclaim, “cheers!”  more...

July 7, 2017

Fab Four For Fifty

Everybody remembers the original 'FAB FOUR' John, Paul, George and Ringo. Who's not a fan and does not love the Beatles? I have such fond memories about visiting Liverpool and the Cavern and walking down the original Penny Lane. But enough about that! Let me tell you about another fab four available  more...

June 27, 2017

Four for the 4th!

It’s Independence Day, and it’s time to light up the fireworks and dress up in your flashy red, white, and blue for this fantastic celebration. Celebrating the 4th of July doesn’t always have to include alcohol. There are plenty of non-alcoholic options and some that you can share with the   more...

June 23, 2017

Picnic Wines

When I think of Picnic time it makes me think of fresh air, sunshine, summer, romance and getting together with friends. Who doesn't like a picnic? Picnic season is here, so pack up your picnic basket your checkered table cloth your french baguette, some delicious cheese and don't forget the wine  more...

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