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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...

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...

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