Saturday, February 13, 2010
There's a new distillery in our state called Valentine Vodka and it's the talk of the town. Owner Rifino Valentine unabashedly supports Detroit and Michigan and has created an exquisite hand-crafted vodka made from local grains-- barley, wheat and corn. The red-clad winged female creature on the bottle commands attention. The taste is smooth and refined. It is made in small batches the old-fashioned way, in copper pot stills in Webberville using Michigan State University's equipment. Plans are underway, though, to move to Detroit. The bottle is currently sold with an enticing artisan-wrapped chocolate, ribbon-tied around the neck. It's Michigan made, of course, by Mimi Wheeler of Grocer's Daughter in Empire. Sipping is believing.