Muskegon Summer Wine Up announces seminar schedule

The Muskegon Summer Wine Up will feature 20 participating wineries, up from 10 in 2019. Courtesy Cumulus Media

The second annual Muskegon Summer Wine Up will include 10 seminars on a variety of wine-related topics June 12 at Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon.

The wine festival will be paying homage to the beginning of summer, as well as the reopening of outdoor activities, and will feature a wide range of topics related to wines, according to Rich Berry, director of sales and organizer for the Muskegon Summer Wine Up.

“We thought it would be fun to have short, 15-minute seminars that relate topics that people would be interested in, regardless of their knowledge of wine,” Berry said.

Here is a listing of seminar times and topics at the festival:

  • 2:30 and 5 p.m.: Regenerative Organic Sustainable Wine Practices, featuring Mike Lindell, northeast division manager, Mendocino Wine Company
  • 3 and 5:30 p.m.: How to Correctly Read a Wine Label, featuring David Belaen, vice president sales, North America – Central, Babich Wines
  • 3:30 and 6 p.m.: World of Bubbles: Taste the Expression of Spain, Italy and California Sparkling Wines, presented by Chris Maciejewski, regional sales manager at Mionetto/Freixenet
  • 4 and 6:30 p.m.: 100 years of Growing Michigan Wines at St. Julian, with John Palmer, brand ambassador at St. Julian
  • 4:30 and 7 p.m.: The Legend of Big Ed and Chateau Grand Traverse, hosted by Rhonda Riebow, sales manager at Chateau Grand Traverse

This year’s Muskegon Summer Wine Up will feature 20 different wineries and more than 100 different wines. The list of participating wineries was released last month.

Admission to the festival is $15 and includes four wine tasting tickets and a souvenir glass for the first 1,000 patrons.

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