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A chance to show off

Lake Michigan Vintners uncorks student-made wines

By RALPH HEIBUTZKI

HP Correspondent

BARODA — With word out about Lake Michigan College’s boutique winery and tasting room, it’s time for everyone else to experience its offerings for themselves.

That’s what Lake Michigan Vintners brand manager Laura Morris said about this weekend’s grand opening in downtown Baroda, where the public can taste the wines students have been producing since 2015.

“Students are really proud to be able to sell the wine and get feedback on what they’ve produced,” Morris said. “This is a really good opportunity to see what goes over well, what people like, and what needs work.”

The three-day event, which runs today through Sunday, will give people a good look at an industry that has a major role in the area’s economic growth, Morris said.

“We’re really trying to just showcase the potential, that this is a world-class wine region, and to show off all the different styles of wine that can be made here in Southwest Michigan,” she said.

Food trucks, live music and special deals are the basic features for the event,

See WINE, page A8

Lake Michigan Vintners Tasting Room in downtown Baroda is debuting student wines, starting today.

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