Vinomondo – Sipping Stories

From Bytes to Batches

by Cliff Duvernois

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Vinomondo in Port Huron, Michigan, offers a unique DIY wine-making experience where customers can sample wines, order personalized batches, and partake in the bottling process. Owner Brett Sharnhorst narrates his transition from IT to the wine business, emphasizing quality through no artificial sulfites and customer engagement via tasting before purchase. The script highlights the winery’s social aspect, such as offering half bottles for weddings and interactive bottling sessions with patrons.


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Total Michigan Unveils the Heart of Vinomondo

“Hello, everyone,” begins Cliff Duvernois, framing an experience that’s about to unfold within the vibrant setting of Port Huron, Michigan. His voice, steady and inviting, draws us into a narrative that is both a homage and a discovery. This isn’t just any tale; it’s about “ordinary Michiganders doing some pretty extraordinary things.” And at the center of this extraordinary narrative lies Vinomondo, a beacon of innovation and community in the winemaking world, as introduced through the eyes and passion of Brett Scharnhorst.

Innovation in Tradition

Vinomondo emerges not just as a venue, but as an embodiment of exploration and creativity in the wine industry. Brett Scharhnorst, with a background as vibrant as the wines he now champions, from IT project manager to winemaking pioneer, shares the essence of Vinomondo. This “do it yourself winery sort of situation” dismantles the elitism often associated with the wine world. Here, wine is not just tasted; it is an experience created, from selecting the grapes to the joy of bottling.

Each step in Vinomondo’s journey is a testament to thinking differently, where wine flights and batches become gateways to a broader understanding of taste, preference, and personal connection. Brett emphasizes the uniqueness of their offering – the ability for individuals to craft their wine by choosing from a globally sourced palette of ingredients, thereby personalizing the wine experience like nowhere else in southeastern Michigan.

A Confluence of Passion and Community

Beneath Brett’s retelling of his move from a career in IT to the winemaking business lies a tale of love – for wine, for community, for a shared experience. His story, from the nostalgic reference to Radio Shack and TRS-80s to the decision to take over Vinomondo with his wife, Jackie, underscores a journey fueled by passion and a desire to create something lasting.

Vinomondo stands as a testament to community, where the process of making wine becomes a shared joy. Brett recounts stories of laughter, music, and camaraderie filling the space where wine is not the only product; memories are crafted here too. This sense of community extends beyond the walls of Vinomondo, touching every customer and every bottle.

The Vinomondo Experience: A Reflection

The dialogue between Cliff and Brett, interspersed with insights and recollections, transcends a mere interview. It becomes a narrative that celebrates the essence of Vinomondo – a place that defies the traditional constraints of wine making and tasting, inviting everyone to partake in the artistry and pleasure of wine.

This narrative is not just about wine. It’s about transformation, passion, and the beauty of crafting experiences that resonate on a personal level. Vinomondo, under Brett’s stewardship, becomes more than a winery; it’s a haven where creativity, community, and passion blend to create something truly extraordinary.

In the Words of Brett Scharnhorst: A Conclusion

As our journey with Cliff and Brett concludes, we’re left with a profound sense of admiration for the vision and dedication behind Vinomondo. Brett’s parting words, an invitation to explore, challenge preconceptions of wine, and embrace the joy of discovery, echo a sentiment shared by many visionaries and dreamers — the best experiences are those we have a hand in creating.

In the world of Total Michigan, Vinomondo stands as a beacon of passion, innovation, and community. And as Brett Scharnhorst shares his story, we’re reminded of the power of simple beginnings, the beauty of shared experiences, and the enduring bond between people and their passions. Vinomondo isn’t just a winery; it’s a testament to the extraordinary within the ordinary, a place where every bottle tells a story, and every visit is an invitation to create something new.