CloverSips: Michigan wines at the new VinBar
This year, it feels like the transition from summer to autumn happened almost overnight. One day, I wore sandals and a dress, and the next, took my trusty North Face fleece out of the closet. It’s also the beginning of the application cycle for residency, so it feels like everything is in flux. I was super excited to hear about a new wine bar opening on Liberty, and immediately thought of local blogger The Food and Wine Hedonist, who checked it out on opening night and tweeted about its wide selection. VinBar is a collaboration between three Michigan wineries – Black Star Farms, Good Harbor Vineyards, and L. Mawby Winery. You can have half glasses, full glasses, or bottles of everything from bubblies to dessert wines. I love the feel of the space, wide open, light streaming in and wooden floors with a good number of seats.
The wines we tried were all fantastic, and came in small sizes that gave us a good sample but allowed us to try multiple options. The waitress/sommelier was very knowledgeable about the different wines and happy to share details and suggestions. My favorite, as a rather naive wine-drinker, was the delightful raspberry dessert wine, which tasted like fresh raspberries but warm and comforting. The cheese plate was a nice complement to the wine, but not very exciting, although I understand how an establishment named VinBar would want their wines to be the center of attention. I do wish there was something to cut all the saltiness of the plate, like jam to go with the brie. The shortbread was delicious, as shortbread always is.
Overall, a great place to check out some Michigan wines. I definitely want to come back and try some more options, and am excited to see how the wine list changes over time!