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College uncorks tasting room in Baroda

By RALPH HEIBUTZKI

HP Correspondent

BARODA — Southwest Michigan’s first and only teaching winery and tasting room is ready for business, which Lake Michigan College envisions as the core of a major destination spot.

Lake Michigan Vintners officially opened Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8972 First St. in downtown Baroda – where future winemakers will get hands-on experience on the art, business and science of the industry, LMC President Trevor Kubatzke said. “The program itself is actually very unique because it’s one of those deep programs that teaches students the entire supply chain, from planting a grape plant, to harvesting the grape, producing the wine, and now, to selling it,” Kubatzke said. “Our students get every single piece of the puzzle.”

LMC officials hope that Lake Michigan Vintners’ activities will jump-start economic activity in the area – and the business of winemaking can definitely play a part, Kubatzke said.

“As our program grows, and wine industry in this region grows, you’ll see great things, so stay with us,” he said.

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A server pours a glass of wine Friday during a ribbon cutting and open house held for Lake Michigan Vintners Tasting Room in downtown Baroda. The tasting room is part of Lake Michigan College’s Wine & Viticulture Technology program and is the Midwest’s only teaching winery.

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