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.

Wine, Birthday Cake And Gifts Mark One Year For Michigan By The Bottle

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Michigan By The Bottle owners Cortney and Shannon Casey are gearing up for their First Birthday Bash – celebrating one year in their new Downtown Auburn Hills location.

The Birthday Bash will be held from 12 pm to 10 pm on Saturday, July 15th and will feature live music all day.  Their partner wineries are generously donating prizes to give away, including discounted bottles of wine and VIP experiences at their wineries.

Enjoy free samples (barkeep’s choice, one per person) and free vanilla or chocolate birthday cake while supplies last!  They’ll also be drawing for plenty of logo swag.

All of their tastings will be on a token system (one pour at a time) that day to expedite service and make sure everyone gets their wine quickly.  Weather permitting, their patio will be open so that guests can enjoy their wine outside, overlooking beautiful Downtown Auburn Hills.

Team members celebrating Hour Detroit magazine’s 2017 Best Wine Bar designation. Clockwise from left: Team Member Nancy Johnston, Owner Cortney Casey, Owner Shannon Casey, Team Member Whitney Pearce and Manager Elaine Evans

“We’re so excited to be celebrating one year in Downtown Auburn Hills,” said Cortney.  “We would have never found this spot if it weren’t for Shawn Keenan of the City.  We’re so thankful that he pointed us in this direction and showed us this prime location in the heart of Downtown.  We just keep picking up traction as we go, and every day, new people seem to be discovering us.”

Cortney snapped this photo of their Downtown Auburn Hills location last spring when tulips were at their peak

Cortney and Shannon say they enjoy the friendly atmosphere Downtown and have begun forming partnerships with the local business like Jo’Angela’ Pizza & Deli Company for their BYOP (Bring Your Own Pizza) events.  Every Wednesday evening, Michigan By The Bottle guests can call Jo’Angela’s to have pizza and salad delivered right to their table while they enjoy their wine.

We wish Michigan By The Bottle a very Happy First Birthday and continued success in Downtown Auburn Hills.

Having A Cheesy Time

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

We love supporting our businesses in Downtown Auburn Hills, whether it’s grabbing lunch at the Family Table or ice cream from Twist ‘N Dip.

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend my first special event at the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room located at 3384 Auburn Rd.  It was a cheese and wine pairing featuring Zingerman’s cheeses.  I love cheese and I love wine, so it was the perfect event for me.   The staff at Michigan By the Bottle were fast on their feet, making sure we enjoyed every minute of our experience.

If you haven’t been to a special event at the Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Room yet, check out their website to see a full listing.  It’s good to pre-register, as nearly all events sell out early.

I’m looking forward to more events throughout the year, including Sips and Serenity which is wine and yoga on June 6th.  Hope to see you there!

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!

A Toast To Michigan By The Bottle!

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The City of Auburn Hills would like to applaud Michigan By The Bottle for being voted Metro Detroit’s Favorite Wine Bar for the third year in a row by Hour Detroit Magazine.

Michigan By The Bottle will be located at 3384 Auburn Road in the heart of Downtown

Michigan By The Bottle will be located at 3384 Auburn Road in the heart of Downtown

We look forward to your grand opening in Downtown Auburn Hills later this month.

Construction Begins For Michigan By The Bottle

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Auburn Hills is pleased to announce that the building plans for Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Downtown Auburn Hills have been approved and the build-out is underway.  The grand opening is targeted for early June, just in time for the Auburn Hills Summerfest attendees to enjoy some of the finest wines Michigan vineyards have to offer.

Mich by the bottle coming soon

For those who wish to learn more about Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room or track the progress of their new location in Downtown Auburn Hills, visit their facebook page.