The wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail are inviting guests to enjoy wine and the beauty of Michigan’s Wine Coast at its annual Taste the Passion wine tour, Feb. 2 and 3, 2013.
“Winter is an intimate time in Northern Michigan and the Leelanau Peninsula is a perfect destination for a romantic weekend or simply a getaway to explore one of the nation’s fastest growing wine regions,” said Paul Hamelin, winemaker for Verterra Winery and represenative of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintner’s Association.
“Our vineyards are blanketed in sheltering snow, and the tasting rooms are warm and welcoming. You’ll even find many of our vintners in attendance, pouring your wine and sharing their knowledge. It’s really the perfect winter vacation for wine lovers.”
The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail is the largest of the four organized wine trails in Michigan. The trail is an easy drive from Traverse City, which was recently ranked by Livability.com as a Top 10 Best Winter Vacation Destinations.
Tast the Passion tickets allow one to chart a course, enjoying food and wine pairings at 17 wineries. Each winery offers savory or sweet food with a wine pairing. In addition, some wineries will have their vineyards open for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
The limited quanity tickets are $30 and can be purchased online. In addition, the Leelanau Peninsula Vintner’s Association is offers lodging packages that include tickets.
Taste the Passion Food Pairings
- Bel Lago will be serving Decadent Triple Chocolate Cake drizzled with Chef Hamar’s Balaton Cherry Sauce paired with Bouquet, a delightful blend of Pinot Noir and Cherry wines.
- Black Star Farms will have a white chocolate cranberry lollipop with salted pistachio paired with their Sirius Raspberry Dessert wine.
- Blustone will serve a heart-shaped chocolate-cherry brownie paired with their 2010 Pinot Noir.
- Boathouse presents their 2009 Pinot Noir paired with a Mayan spiced brownie covered in single origin Peruvian dark chocolate from “Just Good Chocolate” based in Lake Leelanau.
- Chateau de Leelanau will unveil their new release 2011 Select Harvest Riesling, paired with a Savory Chocolate Mystery.
- Cherry Republic offers chocolate brownies prepared with their dried Montmorency cherries and garnished with chocolate shavings paired with their Balaton cherry wine.
- Ciccone will pair Italian meatballs with their 2011 Cabernet Franc.
- Forty-Five North presents White Chocolate Brie phyllo shells topped with orange marmalade paired with 45 gold, an apricot dessert wine aged in Bourbon barrels and fortified with spirits.
- Gill’s Pier will feature Mexican Hot Chocolate Mini-Pound Cakes paired with their 2011 Riesling. Semi-dry and delicious. Chef Hannah Israel creates a delightful blend of spice and chocolate to pair with this very balanced and very agreeable estate Riesling.
- Good Harbor will be serving Chicken Jalapeno soup paired with their Trillium wine.
- Good Neighbor Organic will be serving a culinary rustic slow cooked ham and bean soup with cornbread squares. This dish pairs well with their newly released Pinot Noir. For the real taste of passion try our chocolate cherry hard cider- it’s like biting into a chocolate covered cherry.
- L Mawby will pair J’adore with chocolates from Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates.
- Leelanau Cellars is pairing savory Biscotti with their just-released 2009 Baco Noir Vintage Port.
- Longview will serve Chef Aaron’s Double Chocolate Cherry Brownie made with their Cherry Wine paired with their 2011 Pinot Noir.
- Silver Leaf will pair their 2011 Pinot Gris with Clam Chowder and welcome cross-country skiing & snow-shoeing through their vineyard and on a two-mile trail that crosses Tyler Creek and winds through woods & cherry orchards.
- Tandem Ciders will feature Chicken Mole in a Corneal Crepe paired with their Sweetheart Cider.
- Verterra will be serving Leelanau Apple Tart w/Maple Mousse and Caramel paired with their Chaos White Cuvee.
More information on visiting Michigan is available at www.michigan.org.