Craft beer is king in Kalamazoo, and wine lovers often get left in their malty dust. It doesn't have to be this way. This holiday, surprise the wine lover in your life with something truly unique and local from the Southwest Michigan world of wine.

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    Blown Glass Wine Accessories

    A unique wine glass from a local artist will certainly be appreciated by the wine lover in your life. Don't forget about one-of-a-kind bottle stoppers, too! They make great host/hostess gifts...

    Blown glass ornaments and more are on display at the Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center, or stop in to the Park Trades Center and Glass Art Kalamazoo! Check out their wares every Art Hop.

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    Wine Tour

    Don't just give a bottle of great Michigan wine as a gift, include an opportunity to learn how the wine is made. Many wineries offer free tours, like St. Julian in Paw Paw, and afterward you can enjoy sampling their award-winning wines.

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    Tickets to the 6th Annual Wine Not!

    For the sixth year in a row, all your favorite wineries from around Michigan and across the country, are all in one place! Featuring wine tasting and sampling, food and wine pairing sessions, meet and greet with the winemakers, vendor booths, and live music, tickets make great stocking stuffers. Save the date! February 15th! Get tickets, including VIP admission, here.

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    Wine and Canvas Night

    A lot of restaurants and bars in Southwest Michigan host Wine and Canvas nights, where you and your friends can choose a painting you'd like to have in your home, get full instructions as to how to paint, and sip wine all the while. All materials are included in the purchase your seat, but your tab is on you. They set up pop-up studios in Battle Creek, Climax, Kalamazoo, Plainwell - they are all over, so you're bound to find a painting and location that suit you.

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    Gift Certificate to Wine Bars

    Often times, the Kalamazoo wine lover feels a little lost. With so many craft breweries and beer specials, finding a place that knows their way around a Malbec is a treat. The Wine Loft and The Stamped Robin are two such places. These are wonderful places to bring new wine drinkers. They can ask questions and try samples before settling on a glass, or order a flight of reds or whites to begin learning the subtle (and not so subtle) differences in the world of wine.