Winter is the perfect time to warm up with a glass of wine. When it comes to wine, there is a dizzying array of dessert wines to choose from. Iberian wines are those that are produced on the Iberian Peninsula in Spain. Port wine is generally characterized as a sweet dessert wine from the Douro region of Portugal. These sweet wines are the perfect way to end a dinner or as a nightcap at one of the establishments listed below.
MotorCity Wine
1949 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 483-7283
www.motorcitywine.com

MotorCity Wine has settled into its place on Michigan Avenue and is proving to be a great spot to hang with friends, listen to live music and drink. With monthly wine tastings and unique menus prepared by guest chefs, there’s always something going on. MotorCity Wine has a unique situation going on, where you can browse for wine in the shop, then slide on over to the lounge area and for a small cork fee, pop open that bottle and drink it right there on the spot. The well-stocked shop carries a selection of bottles from Spain and Portugal. Look for the versatile port from the Douro region for a fresh yet rich sipping wine or one of the many wines from Spain, including a Tempranillo produced in the Ebro River Valley and La Mancha from the Meseta region.

Cork Wine Pub
23810 Woodward Ave.
Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069
(248) 544-2675
www.corkwinepub.org

With its gorgeous interior and its extensive list of wines, Cork Wine Pub is where it’s at when it comes to Iberian wines and ports. There’s a trio of ports to choose from, including a 20 year vintage tawny port that will take your breath away. Featuring a shop where customers can purchase a bottle of their favorite wine, this shop and pub has it all, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, ask one of the experts to track it down for you.

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Great Lakes Coffee
3965 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI
(313) 831-9627
www.greatlakescoffee.com

Great Lakes Coffee is a popular cafe, but it also moonlights as a wine bistro. It is here where you can sip on a multitude of evolving Spanish wines. There’s also Garnacha from Spain included as a mainstay on their updated wine list. Sometimes there’s trivia, other times, laid-back conversation, but the place is always chill and a great spot to chat with the sommeliers and meet friends for an after-work wine tasting.

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Angelina Italian Bistro
1565 Broadway St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-1355
www.angelinadetroit.com

Angelina Italian Bistro is an intimate spot with a casual, warm atmosphere. Not only is the food offered on the menu divine, there is a through selection of wines from Spain. Try the Tempranillo from Rioja, with its fruity notes and vanilla aroma; this particular wine pairs well with Angelina’s dessert menu, especially the vanilla bean creme brûlée or the mascarpone cheesecake. This eatery also offers cava, a sparkling Spanish wine produced in the Catalonia region.

Roast
1128 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2500
www.roastdetroit.com

Roast is a chic place to meet friends for after-dinner drinks. Those interested in trying out a slow-sipping port came to the right spot. Roast offers a nice selection of wines from around the globe, including Portugal and Spain. So settle in for the long haul and some important conversation, and get to sipping in this contemporary lounge that also happens to serve the best steak around, hands down.

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