Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Robinette Cellars Releases Award-Winning Cyser

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich) – Robinette Cellars, which introduced its first wine in January of 2006, has recently released its newest product. With a 12% alcohol content, Robinette’s Cyser is made with 76% apple cider, 20% apple blossom honey and 2% each of dates and raisins, for a sweet finish.

In late 2007, the Robinette Cyser was entered in the open category in 2007 in the Great Lakes Olde World Syder (GLOWS) competition, where it received a Bronze ranking. It is one of 13 wines available at Robinette’s tasting room at 3142 4-Mile Road NE in Grand Rapids and the third to be made on-site by winemaker Bill Robinette.

The first product to be created entirely at Robinette’s was Barzilla Brew – a hard apple cider named after farm founder Barzilla Robinette. This dry cider, made with estate-grown fruit, received a Bronze ranking at the 2007 GLOWS competition and has become Robinette’s signature product. The next made-on-premise product, a Dessert Apple Wine, is made with apple brandy to provide a 17% alcohol content. This wine received a Silver ranking at the 2007 GLOWS competition.

A selection of 10 dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines – all made with Michigan fruits – are crafted by award-winning winemakers throughout the state.

Robinette’s newest product, a semi-sweet Cherry Mead, is being barrel-aged on-site and will be released in 2009. Mead is a fermented alcoholic beverage made of honey, water and yeast – also colloquially known as “honey wine.”

Visitors to Robinette Cellars pay $3 per person or $5 per couple for a souvenir wine glass and samples of six of their local wines. The glass can be brought back on future visits for free tastings.

Founded in 1911, Robinette’s is a 5th generation, 125-acre year-round agricultural destination in northern Kent County. In addition to the orchard and winery, Robinette’s offers a cider mill, farm market, horse-drawn wagon rides, mountain biking & cross country ski trails, bakery and full lunch menu. The 1800s Gift Barn features made in Michigan products, such as food items and fine art, as well as holiday decorations, floral arrangements and custom-packaged gift boxes.

Robinette’s holds memberships in the Michigan Apple Committee, Michigan Cider Makers Guild, Michigan State Horticultural Society, Kent Harvest Trails, Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association, Local First and West Michigan Tourist Association.

For hours, activities and more information, visit

Contact: Alicia Robinette
616-361-7180 / 800-400-8100

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