Wine Tasting With A Twist

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

If you’re looking for something different to do this Saturday, September 15th, stop by Downtown Auburn Hills for Michigan By The Bottle’s Sip and Shop Vendor Fair.

There will be a number of vendors on hand, both inside and outside along their storefront selling apparel, jewelry, home decor, beauty products, snacks, handmade goods and more. There will also be a massage therapist on hand offering chair massages.

The first 50 attendees will receive a “goody bag” with samples from vendors, coupons from fellow Downtown merchants, and other items.  If the weather cooperates, attendees might want to relax on the patio while enjoying some of Michigan’s finest wines or Northwoods soda with family and friends.  Don’t miss this fun event.

Holiday Decisions Made Easier in Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you’ve ever had trouble trying to decide what type of wine to pair with your holiday meals or bring to a gathering of family and friends, there’s no need to worry, help is nearby.   Located in Downtown Auburn Hills, near the intersection of North Squirrel Road and Auburn Road, you’ll find all the help you need.  That’s where you’ll discover Michigan By The Bottle (MBT), a local wine tasting room that offers over forty different varieties of wine from twelve of Michigan’s finest wineries.

With the wide array of wines available, we asked one of our local wine experts, Courtney Casey, Founder and Co-owner of Michigan By The Bottle, if she could provide some advice on making that perfect selection for the this year’s Thanksgiving day gathering.


When hosting thanksgiving, Courtney says, she always likes to welcome guests with a bit of sparkling wine.  Bubbly sets the festive tone for the evening, and also pairs well with salty snacks and salads that might precede the main meal.

Pinot Noir is her favorite go-to for turkey; it’s light-bodied enough to avoid overpowering the poultry while being hearty enough to stand up to spice and many side dishes.  Pinot also matches up well with ham or salmon, if you’re going a less traditional route. 

Rosé and Dry Riesling are two other types of wine she often has on her Thanksgiving table.  Both are incredibly versatile and food friendly, providing a refreshing component while harmonizing with a variety of traditional dishes.


If you’re serving a sausage-heavy stuffing that’s full of spice and heavier, heartier flavors, a bold red like Cabernet Sauvignon or a Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend might be in order.

For the grand finale, Cortney says you’ll want your wine to be sweeter than your dessert.  A port-style fortified wine would be fantastic with something like French silk pie or flourless chocolate cake.  For pumpkin pie, shortbread or lighter sweets, consider an ice wine.

With this fine advice at hand, we hope your holiday celebrations are merry and many.

Michigan By the Bottle hours this holiday week:  2pm-9pm Wednesday, Closed Thanksgiving, 12pm-10pm Friday (Black Friday celebration), 12pm-10pm Saturday (Small Business Saturday Customer Appreciation Day), 12pm-6pm Sunday – and don’t foget the Jingle Bell bash on Friday, December 2nd during the Auburn Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony.


A Sneak Peek – Michigan By The Bottle

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

With a public opening scheduled for this Saturday, July 9th, Michigan By The Bottle (MBTB) Owners, Shannon and Cortney Casey are putting the final touches on their new wine bar in Downtown Auburn Hills.   Here’s a peek into this great new space – complete with outdoor seating area.


The new light-filled tasting room offers wine tasting flights from twelve Michigan-based partner wineries, small bites for a nominal fee to pair with the wines and take-home wine sales by the bottle.  You’ll also find Michigan-made snacks and products for purchase.

bar area

Enjoy special events like wine education workshops, art exhibits, their Book & Bottle Club, live music and as a special treat once or twice a year, Michigan By The Bottle will host an art class with Stephanie Schlatter, an artist from Grand Rapids.

wine wall

Most well-known for her ‘On The Michigan Wine Trail’ series, Stephanie’s art classes focus on individual interests; it is not a paint-by-number project. Participants paint what inspires them and learn techniques they are most interested in.  Several of her original paintings are featured in the new MBTB space along with her notecards, mounted prints, matted prints, posters and mixed media pieces, all of which are available for purchase.


Hours of operation will be 12pm to 9pm Wednesday and Thursday, 12pm to 10pm Friday and Saturday and 12pm to 6pm Sunday. MBTB is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for special events.

Shannon and Cortney – Welcome to Downtown Auburn Hills!