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Crystal Rewards 2012 Membership Giveaway!!

We’re giving away a Crystal Rewards 2012 Membership to one lucky local reader! Will it be you?

Our Crystal Rewards Membership is a value of over $190 including complimentary wine classes, free food & wine pairing recipes every month, private on-demand menue consultations for your event, a free gift on your birthday, 10% off any purchase over $20 and a $10.00 gift certificate!

You can buy it now for just $20 through January! February 1st the price jumps up to $35. Or, enter below for a chance to win a free membership! Entries will be accepted from today until 11:59pm, January 31st! The winner will be announced February 4th!

How to Enter:

You’ll earn 1 to 3 entries for each task listed below. Please leave a seperate comment for each task you complete! Please leave us a way to contact you either by phone or email. You may send us an email telling us you’ve entered if you prefer not to post your contact details.

1 pt: Leave a comment below and ‘like’ the post

1 pt: Like us on Facebook

1pt: Follow us on Twitter

2 pts: Share us with your friends on Facebook

2pts: Tweet about this giveaway (may be done once each day!)

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions: winner will be notified by email or phone. Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Winner must be 21+ and a resident of MI.


We’re 3 months old!

This Saturday we celebrated the 3-month mark! We’re having a blast getting to know you, finding that wine that you just have to have and helping you discover new loves right on our shelves.

We’d appreciate your feedback as we review our first quarter. Would you take a moment and click here to complete a quick, 10-question survey to give us a “sense” of your experience with us? The survey is anonymous, so please be honest!

We’re open to your comments and suggestions, so feel free to drop us a line or give us a shout anytime!

Happy Holidays and thank you for being a part of Sense of Wine.

Champagne or Sparkling Wine

This Saturday we sampled delicious Pommery Champagne and the sparkling wines of Charles LaFitte and Pierre Chainier, but many wondered, what’s the difference?

Champagne is the region in France that made bubbly famous. Only wine made within this region can be called Champagne. All others from around the world are sparkling wine, even those made in different areas of France.

The complexity of making champagne is another feature that makes it stand out from other sparkling wines. It’s a romantic artistry that requires true skill and foresight by the winemaker. A blend of 30 to 60 different still wines, two fermentations and several years are involved in getting Champagne onto store shelves.

For the best sparkling wines, look for those that list “Methode Champenoise” on the bottle. It’s the closest you’ll get to the amazing flavor and effect of Champagne, but often with less expense.

For more information on Champagne, Sparkling and other wines, check out our selection of books in store now!

What’s the buzz about Beaujolias Noveau?

Every year on the third Thursday of November, France releases its famous Beaujolais Nouveau! No one anywhere in the world can sell a bottle of this light bodied, celabratory red before 12:01am that day and it commonly sells out within weeks.

A light, fruit-forward red wine, Beaujolais Nouveau is easy on the palate because of the minimal tannins (the cause of the mouth-drying sensation of red wine), so even if you usually pass on the red, partake in this one!

Beaujolais Nouveau is  food friendly wine that graces Thanksgiving day dinner tables all over the US. Serve it slightly chilled to bring out the best of the wine’s fruit character. Putting it in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes before serving will do the trick!

It’s meant to be consumed young, so buy, pour & party!

Want to try before you buy? Visit us this week for Sampling Saturday, 2 to 5pm and we’ll do the pouring for you!

 Learn more here!

Spotlight on Michigan

As Grand Rapids gears up for Art Prize, we’re all well-aware of the tremendous talent around here! Wine and food are an art-form too, and we are proud to feature some of the best Michigan has to offer.

Lawton Ridge & Patricia's Chocolate - Local art for your palate!


Yes! We are open for business! Today is our first day and we can’t wait to meet you.  

We’ll be here from 10am to 8pm Tuesday – Saturday. On Sundays, for now, 10 to 6pm and closed Mondays. Of course, we hope you’ll be patient with us as we work out the finer details of our sales system! Everything will be running smoothly by our Grand Opening in early November. Keep watching for details!

See you soon!

Jean-Francis & Tamara