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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...

June 8, 2017

Father’s Day 2017

It's Father's Day pretty soon! June 18th to be exact. And it's time to celebrate fatherhood. Let’s treat all the dads and celebrate like we've never done before. You could be planning a backyard barbeque or a summer picnic. That sounds like a plan, and here at Nino's, we have the perfect Father's   more...

May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Cocktails

Well, the end of May is approaching us, and it’s time to celebrate Memorial Day, a day to honor all the soldiers who died while serving in the United States military. If you have a family member or friend who has served and lost his or her life, thank you, and God bless! Memorial Weekend is a g  more...

May 16, 2017

American Craft Beer Week

It’s finally here!  American Craft Beer Week!  A time to celebrate the culture and community of Craft Brewers across the United States. The American Craft Beer Week is a celebration that takes place this year from May 15th through May 21st and it’s a fantastic opportunity for local craft brewe  more...

May 12, 2017

Michigan Wine Month

May is Michigan wine month, and it’s so exciting to see all the new wineries popping up in our own backyard. Here at Nino's, there is a large assortment of Michigan wines to choose from, and many of our guests stay loyal to support buying local. For a deeper dive into exploring Michigan's wi  more...

May 2, 2017

Drink Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

It's Cinco De Mayo, and it’s time to bring on the parties and parades and get your feet tapping to a little Mexican folk dancing. Come on! You can do it! It's a celebration! Cinco De Mayo is celebrated every 5th of May, nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, to observe the B  more...

April 25, 2017

French Dessert Wines

Bonjour! Okay, that is the limit of my ability to speak French. Let me take you on a mini wine tour of France to the regions where some of the most delicious dessert wines are produced. French wine can be complicated and challenging to understand, so I will try to make this fun and not too bor  more...

April 11, 2017

Easter Wine Pairings

It's hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner, and I feel like we just celebrated Christmas. Lately we've experienced some fabulous warm weather here in Michigan and it seems like everyone is in the mood for spring cleaning. I love Easter! When families get together and celebrate. I lov  more...

March 31, 2017

The Hamilton Hunt

Everyone sees a ten-dollar bill! Who is on it? Who is Alexander Hamilton, and why is he on the ten-dollar bill? I don't know much about Alexander Hamilton other than that he was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Well, enough ab  more...

March 14, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Drinks

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you ready to party like the Irish?  No matter where you're from, or what your nationality is, everybody is Irish on March 17th. I always enjoy St. Patrick's Day because it's so much fun to hop from pub to pub while eating my favorite Irish grub of corned beef and cab  more...

February 28, 2017

The Wine Glass and Its Influence

So, you've just filled up your wine rack with all your favorite wines from Nino's, and it's time to crack one open. You go to grab a glass, and you’re not sure which one to choose from. You may have wine glasses that are shaped like fishbowls, and others may be tall and skinny. Well, there is a r  more...

February 14, 2017

Warm Wines

Brrrrrrrrrr! It is sooo cold outside! Okay, I will admit it. I am such a big wimp when it comes to the freezing cold. In these cold winter months, I love to pour my favorite wine with friends and cook a delicious, hearty meal. I also enjoy listening to conversations while the fireplace is crackling   more...

February 2, 2017

Drink Recipes For Super Sunday

It's time to celebrate the National Football League’s 51st Super Bowl Championship. I must admit that it’s always exciting, whether you are hosting a party or getting invited to one. Personally, the things I look forward most are the commercials and the halftime show, especially when Bruno Mars   more...

January 24, 2017

Tempranillo

I remember my mum cooking a roast of lamb for Sunday dinner and the delicious smell lingering all over the house. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. When I think of lamb, there's nothing better than a rich and oaky Tempranillo to pair with it. Though, it is not considered the most po  more...

January 17, 2017

Scotch

My husband loves Scotch. He's probably what you’d call a Scotch fanatic, but Scotch has an acquired taste. It's not for everybody. Scotch whiskey cannot be called Scotch unless it is made in Scotland. There are four different types of Scotch. • Single Malt- Made from malted barley, double-  more...

January 9, 2017

Wines of Italy

I met my husband in Italy years ago in the city of Rimini, which is located on the Adriatic Seaboard in the region of Emilia Romagna in East Central Italy. It was one of the best times of my life. And who would disagree, when I was surrounded by delicious wine, food, sun and beaches? Not forgetting   more...

January 6, 2017

Drinks For a Cold Winter Night

Happy New Year, everyone, and I hope you have a great 2017! As we say goodbye to 2016, the chaos is almost over, and the decorations are finally coming down. I don't know about you, but I am exhausted! It's a great time to reflect on what a great year it was. So... As we move forward into 201  more...

December 27, 2016

New Year’s Sparkling Review

Well 2016 is coming to a close and it's almost time for HAPPY NEW YEAR! The madness of the holidays is almost over. It's almost time to ring in the New Year with the biggest celebration ever. You may be planning on attending a huge gala event or a party of your own, or maybe just sitting back watchi  more...

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