What wine do I serve with that?

IMG_20171101_221520_940The holiday season is about two seconds away and one of the leading questions you may have over the next few weeks with holiday entertaining may be, “What wine do I serve with that?”

Perhaps you become the envy of your friends and family this year as you exchange your classic choices of a French sparkling white or California dry red to a locally-crafted Michigan sangria.

Nestled into Shelby Township at 52588 Van Dyke, Sabrosa Sangria is a family-owned winery, specializing in custom-blended small batch sangrias.  Since 2006, the owners of Sabrosa have been making their signature red sangria, Michigan Summergria.  As its popularity quickly grew among their family and friends, soon came requests for white sangrias and other variations.  Over the years they were making so much sangria they decided to open their own winery to share Sabrosa Sangria with everyone else!

Their flagship sangrias are themed after the Michigan seasons:

  • Michigan Springria is a red sangria blended with tart cherry juice, accented with subtle citrus notes
  • Michigan Summergria is fruity, crisp, and satisfying blend of red wine and six fruit juices
  • Michigan Autumngria is a seasonally spiced sangria – think of a warm mulled wine – and yes, you can heat this one up!,
  • Michigan Wintergria is a light white sangria, with notes of orange, pineapple and apricots

Their latest specialty release this 2017 holiday season is called Michigan Snow Day sangria: a blackberry-cranberry sangria, perfect for those festive pairings.

Sabrosa offers tasting flights so you can sample all of the sangrias at once.  Customers can also try full glasses of sangria for their enjoyment.  A complementary “pub mix” is available to nibble on, and beginning November 17 you can also purchase small cheese plates to pair with the sangrias.

Sabrosa Sangria is expanding their hours on Black Friday (Nov. 24), open from noon-10 p.m., with normal hours on Small Business Saturday, noon-10pm. Customers who mention this article or promotion will get 10% off all purchases. Gift cards are also available.  Log on to sabrosasangria.com for more details.

While you are in the area checking out Sabrose Sangria, check out our Shop Local Map for other local retailers.  Shop local this holiday season and enter for your chance to win $500, donated by First State Bank. To enter, snap a photo, submit it and share using #ShopLocalMacomb between November 24 and December 3. Five lucky winners will be randomly selected during a live Facebook drawing at noon on Monday, December 4. For details visit makemacombyourhome.com/shoplocal

#ShopLocalMacomb is an initiative of Macomb County in partnership with Macomb County Chamber and Sterling Heights Regional Chamber.


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Anton Art Center Holiday Market – A Must See Event

This holiday season, you’ll find the perfect gifts and much more at Anton Art Center, located in downtown Mount Clemens. The Art Center’s 2017 Holiday Market offers for sale an array of fine arts and delightful crafts, gifts, and holiday décor.  Holiday Market features the work of 130 artists from Macomb County and throughout the state, including over 20 artists whose work is new to the Holiday Market this year.

You’ll find exciting activities at the Art Center throughout the Holiday Market schedule:

  • Opening day, November 17, Holiday Market remains open until 9 p.m. for the Downtown Mount Clemens Open House.
  • The Mini-Tree Silent Auction invites visitors to support Art Center programs by bidding on decorated small Christmas trees donated by individuals and community groups.
  • November 19, from 1 to 3 p.m., visitors have the opportunity to meet many of the displaying artists at a “Meet the Artists” reception.
  • The second floor gallery hosts the exhibition “Sculpting a Picture Book”; in which artist and author Jeff Jantz shares the process of making his book Gruel Snarl Draws a Wild Zugthing! Jantz will be on hand for a talk and book signing December 9, from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Along with the Crocker House and the Michigan Transit Museum, the Art Center is a stop on Mount Clemens Jingle Journey, December 10, between 1 and 4 p.m. A free shuttle bus will provide transportation between sites, which will offer activities for the whole family.

The Market opens November 17 and runs through December 22 at Anton Art Center, located at 125 Macomb Place in downtown Mount Clemens.  The market is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, November 30, December 7, 14, and 21, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays Noon to 4 p.m. The Center will be closed November 22 and 23. For additional information about Holiday Market events, check www.theartcenter.org, call 586-469-8666 or email information@theartcenter.org.


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Dinner to be held on Friday, Nov. 10 to raise funds for Wreaths Across America

National Wreaths Across America Day is celebrated every December. The organization’s mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery as well as more than 1,200 additional locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad.

To honor our local veterans here in Macomb County, our Wreaths Acrossaol America community coordinators, Mickie Mellon and Tammi Graber will be hosting their annual spaghetti dinner to help raise funds to place holiday 780 wreaths on our veteran’s gravesites at St. Mary’s and Oakwood Cemeteries in New Baltimore.

They invite everyone to attend the pasta dinner, where they will celebrate our veterans and begin the process of raising funds for the wreaths. Tickets for several gift basket drawings will be available for purchase. Some basket themes are massage, golf, ice cream social, Italian, Christmas, shop local, movie night, wooden Christmas manger, wine and cheese, Detroit Red Wings, locally handcrafted items, Lucido Fine Jewelry and more.

The spaghetti dinner will take place on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Lempke Blackwell VFW Post #7573, 35011 23 Mile Rd., New Baltimore, MI 48047.

Doors are open from 4 to 8 p.m. Free-will donations will be accepted.

In honor of Veterans Day, veterans will eat for FREE and receive a SWEET gift.

Dinner includes pasta with meat or marinara sauce, salad, rolls, dessert and hot and cold beverages. Beer and wine will be available for a donation.

The food is generously donated by Turri’s Italian Foods, The “Pasta People”, with desserts by Curves of New Baltimore, coffee by Biggby Coffee, drinks by McDonald’s, paper products by All-Ways Care, DJ services by Magicman Joe and the hall by VFW Post #7573.

Basket drawings will begin at 7:30 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the fundraiser but would like to donate, mail a check to Wreaths Across America C/O Curves, 35453 23 Mile Rd., New Baltimore, MI 48047. The average cost of a wreath is $15.

For more information, contact Mickie at 586-855-6992 or Tammi at 586-716-2523.

The wreath-laying ceremony will take place on Dec. 16.  Check www.wreathsacrossamerica.org for additional information and the location of a ceremony close to you.

Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Fall in Love with Macomb County

It’s fall in Macomb County, which means it’s time to get out and explore everything the season has to offer. There is so much going on this time of year. We made it easy for you to find a variety of activities throughout the county and plan an outing that anyone can enjoy, whether it’s a day for the whole family or an adult evening out.

Fall Fun in Macomb County

Check out a listing of local haunted attractions and Halloween-themed events in your community.


Take the family out to the orchard this fall for a family fun day. From kid-friendly events to fresh cider and donuts, there will be laughs all around.

Hunting and Fishing

Check out the dates for this year’s hunting and fishing seasons along with a list of local clothing and supplies establishments, meat processing facilities, and much more.

Wineries and Breweries

Looking for ideas for a fun date or night out with friends? Check out our list of locally owned and operated breweries and wineries. They are always hosting events and offer something new and exciting to try.

Farm Fresh Products

Looking to make a farm-to-table meal? Check out this list of farmers markets and roadside stands. Each destination is stocked with seasonal items.

Places to Play

This list is full of fun fall activities for the whole family to enjoy. From bowling alleys to amusement parks and skating rinks, there are many indoor and outdoor activities in the area. No matter the weather, there are always places to play throughout Macomb County.

Look ahead to the next few weekends. Plan something fun!

Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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2nd Annual Bootlegger Bash

Between 1920 and 1933, the United States prohibited the production, transportation, sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and spirts.

In Canada, the good times continued to flow which proved to be a lucrative advantage for the Detroit area. Alcohol became a hot commodity and many were willing to risk life and freedom to quench America’s thirst.

The Detroit area, with its proximity of large bodies of water that lead to the shadowy shores of Canada, became a hot bed for bootlegging. In fact, it is estimated that as much as 75 percent of all the alcohol smuggled into the United States during Prohibition crossed the border between Windsor and Detroit. “Rum running” had become Detroit’s second largest industry and some 25,000 speakeasies operated in the area.

Blossom Heath Inn, in St. Clair Shores, was one of the most infamous speakeasies. Its location on Lake St. Clair made it a perfect place for contraband alcohol to be received, distributed and consumed. Now owned by the city, Blossom Heath will once again become a speakeasy, if only for one evening.

Join with the city and Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative for the Second Annual Bootlegger Bash on Friday, October 27th from 6 to 11 p.m.  The event will feature a strolling dinner, casino games, and live music from the Michele Ramo World Jazz Trio and a local favorite, The Orbitsuns.

The strolling dinner will feature a scrumptious array of delectable including Great Gatsby Fried Chicken, potato beignets, caprese skewers, fried ravioli and much more. Bartenders will serve specialty cocktails with a nod to the Roaring Twenties including the Gin Rickey (Makers Mark, lime, club soda), French 75 (champagne, lemon juice, gin), Mary Pickford (Rum, pineapple juice, grenadine, maraschino liquor), and a Bootleg Cocktail (vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, honey, mint, club soda). Wine and beer will also be served, including Bud Light, Labatt Blue, and Atwater Purple Gang Pilsner.

Casino Games include blackjack, craps and roulette. Your winnings become tickets for a unique raffle of locally sourced gift baskets.

With Halloween right around the corner, attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Roaring Twenties outfits for a chance to win great prizes!

Tickets are $35 and may be purchased through the Bootlegger Bash Facebook Event Page or www.ci.saint-clair-shores.mi.us or at the cashier’s office at St. Clair Shores City Hall.  Ticket must be purchased by October 22 and will not be available at the door.

Amanda Minaudo is a senior planner in the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development. She often contributes to the Make Macomb Your Home Blog, writing about the many fun and exciting things to see and do around Macomb County. 

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The wineries of Macomb County – The Traverse City feeling, right in your backyard

wintrailThe weekend is over, everyone is back to work and school. One of the best ways to survive a Monday is by starting to think ahead to next weekend. What should I do, where should I go, and who should I invite. Thanks to Macomb County’s agriculture, you do not have to go far to enjoy some relaxing time on a date or a fun night with the girls laughing.

Macomb County is the home to nine local wineries and it continues to grow. These wineries have so much to offer from sweet and dry wines, to fruity creations. Every place has something unique to set them apart. With these wineries in our backyard you no longer have to go to Traverse City.

If you are interested in having a weekend away, check out the Thumbs Up Wine Trail which promotes tourism and the southeastern Michigan wine industry. The tour includes 12 wineries in the thumb region, seven right here in the Macomb County.

Take a minute and check out the list of wineries in Macomb County. Decide which one fits your mood for next weekend. Be sure to check back. With wine production up more than 34 percent over the past five years, we may be adding additional ones to the list!
In addition to a night out, most of these wineries offer classes, art, and much more. Be sure to check out their programs.

Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Your local fire department wants to meet you!

The Macomb County Fire Chiefs Association wants everyone to know that National Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017. Fire departments across the county will host open houses to celebrate. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

Did you know that you may have only 120 seconds to escape if fire starts? Does everyone in your household know what to do if the smoke detector alarm goes off?

It is important to make a plan to escape and then to practice it. This is especially true if there are children, individuals with mobility challenges or elderly adults in the household.  If the unfortunate happens, you will be glad you were prepared to take action.

To learn how to develop an escape plan:  National Fire Protection Association

Statistics show that smoke detectors save lives, but only if they are working properly.  Fire safety professionals recommend that batteries in smoke detectors be changed twice a year. A good way to remember is to change the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time. Smoke detectors should also be replaced every 10 years to ensure that they are working properly.

You can learn more about these tips and more by visiting your local firefighters during an open house:

Saturday Sept 30

  • Chesterfield – noon to 3 p.m. – 33991 23 Mile Road

Sunday Oct 1

  • Harrison Township – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – 39460 Jefferson Avenue
  • New Baltimore – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 36535 Green Street
  • Ray Township – 7 a.m. to noon – 20301 29 Mile Road
  • Washington Township – noon to 3 p.m. – 11300 27 Mile Road

Saturday Oct 7

  • Fraser – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 33000 Garfield Road

Sunday Oct 8

  • Bruce Township & Romeo – noon to 4 p.m. – 223 East Gates, Romeo
  • Center Line – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – 7070 Ten Mile Road
  • Clinton Township – noon to 3 p.m. – 42601 Romeo Plank Road
  • Lenox Township – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  – 59950 Gratiot Avenue
  • Macomb Township – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Station #3 – 47711 North Avenue
  • St. Clair Shores – noon to 3 p.m. – 26700 Harper Avenue
  • Sterling Heights – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Station #4 – 12850 15 Mile Road
  • St. Clair Shores – noon to 3 p.m. – Central Station – 26700 Harper Avenue

Saturday Oct 14

  • Armada Township – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 23175 Armada Center Road
  • Shelby Township – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – 6345 23 Mile Road

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Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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