608 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
Kick back, listen to great music, and grab a beer or glass of wine, of course!
While Tawnya stressed the fact that she has numerous “faves,” she picked Motor City Wine (MCW) as the local jaunt that holds on the top spot. MCW is described as “half wine shop and half wine bar” with a “living room” vibe that combines wine, music and art. Located in a second-floor space atop Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub on Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detriot, MCW celebrated its two-year anniversary earlier this summer.
Mark Szymanski and sommelier David Armin-Parcells, who have nearly 30 years of combined experience in Michigan’s wine industry, created the value boutique to cater to wine aficionados and newbies alike. Besides wine, many of which are sustainably produced, certified organically grown or produced by small family-owned vineyards, MCW offers weekly sets featured local bands and DJs. Oh, and they offer a great beer-Tawnya’s favorite.
Not just any beer, but a ginger beer produced by Unity Vibration small micro-brewery based in Ypsilanti. What else would you expect from a local, small-business owner? The beer in question is known as Triple Goddess Kombucha Ginger Beer. Described as a somewhat sweet, but smooth beer great for a summer evening by a reviewer on Beeradvocate.com, MCW carries the beer which is only found in a few specialty grocers in Metro Detroit.
So, besides a great atmosphere, a variety of budget-friendly wines and a flavorful micro-brew, Tawnya also loves the music scene at MCW. Every Thursday the wine bar’s vibe kicks it up a notch and hosts the Jazz Vinyl Club. The musical guests and DJs rotate weekly, but the dance floor remains opens.
MCW definitely fills a void in Detroit’s bar scene. As owner Armin-Parcells stated, “Detroit is very much a beer and shot town, but people are out here looking for an alternative. I feel we’re converting a lot of new wine drinkers.” The value boutique can sell wine and beer at its bar or to-go and features several economical ways to step your “wine game” up.
Miss one of MCW’s monthly wine tastings? Don’t worry! Every day you can select 5 wines by the glass and for only $10 you can fine tune your palate.
For three installments of either $65 or $95, MCW will hand select six wines a month for three month. Top Value is the entry level club while the Explorer Series
is a pricier option for those who prefer to try regional varieties. While mail delivery is not currently and option, both are a great choice for locals.
Already know what you like, but still looking for a few perks? For every bottle of wine you buy from MCW, they punch your “Wine-O” card and for every ten punches you earn some free stuff. Twenty punches gets you a free glass of wine and forty punches gets you a free MCW shirt.
The owners are looking to expand to a second location in Detroit. “It’s pretty awesome when you start at zero and see a lot of growth,” Szymanski said. “We definitely haven’t hit our critical mass yet … So we’re just really growing our list of customers and friends.”