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Fifth Annual Winter Delights Wine Tasting Event

December 10, 2013

BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – An evening of mid-winter relief from cabin fever is in store when the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center hosts the fifth annual Winter Delights: A Festival of Wine, Food, and Jazz on Saturday, January 18, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Grand Upton Hall.  The event will feature more than 20 Michigan wineries, with both winemakers and winery representatives on hand to talk to attendees about their wines. In addition, a number of local restaurants will be on hand with delicious cuisine to enjoy.

According to Director, Conference & Event Services Tonya Martindale, more than 300 people attended last year’s Winter Delights. “This event is an evening of wine tasting, outstanding music, and delicious cuisine. It’s a great complement to the wine festivals held in the summer.” 

Participating wineries to date include: Chateau Chantal of Traverse City, Chateau Grand Traverse of DeWitt, Cody Kresta Vineyard of Mattawan, Domaine Berrien Cellars of Berrien Sprints, Fenn Valley Winery of Fennville, Baroda Founders Wine Cellar and Gravity of Baroda, Hickory Creek Winery of Buchanan, Lawton Ridge Winery of Kalamazoo, Lellanau Cellars Winery of Omena, Lehman’s Orchards of Niles, Peninsula Cellars of Traverse City, Round Barn Winery & Free Run Cellars of Baroda, Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant and Wyncroft of Buchanan, and 12 Corners Vineyards of Benton Harbor.

Tickets for the Winter Delights Festival are on sale now for $35 in advance by calling the Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-1221 and online at Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $40. The ticket price includes:

  • 15 wine samples
  • $10 in food tasting tickets
  • A souvenir wine glass
  • An evening of entertainment by Bryan Lubeck and the Acoustic Vineyard

Designated driver tickets are also available for $15 either online, at the Box Office, or at the door.

Bryan LubeckEntertainment
Bryan Lubeck’s musical tapestry of Spanish Guitar and Urban Grooves will provide the exhilarating and romantic accompaniment to Winter Delights. Much of his music is inspired by vineyards, making him the perfect match for this event.

Lubeck released his fourth album, Tuscan Sky, this year. It spent 15 weeks in the top 40 of the Smooth Jazz radio charts and the single “Tuscan Sky” was listed by Billboard as one of the top 5 songs added to radio in October of 2013. His other albums are: Acoustic Vineyard, Vineyard Groove, and We Three Strings – a holiday CD collaboration with Johannes Linstead.

With concert credits that include most of the legends and greats of the industry including Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Mindi Abair, Brian Culbertson and Craig Chaquico to mention a few, Lubeck has honed his show into a perfect blend of romance and high energy songs that have mass appeal across gender, cultural and age differences. He makes music that is hard not to have swimming in your head long after the listening is done.

For more details and to hear samples from Tuscan Sky see

Wine Tasting & Education Classes
Winter Delights Wine Festival attendees may also participate in wine tasting classes, for $10 per session, conducted by certified wine sommelier Jason Forbes, wine director at Villa Macri Ristorante and The Wine Gallery in Granger, Indiana. Since 2007, Forbes has conducted more than 200 wine tasting and education events. Born and raised in Monterey, California, Forbes grew up on the Carmel Valley wine trail. He has participated in four Masters of Food and Wine events at The Highlands Inn in Carmel, California.

Event sponsors include the Southwest Michigan Tourist Council and the Michigan Grape and Wine Council.

For more information, contact Tonya Martindale at (269) 927-8604.

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