Girls Wine Tour Weekend – Part 1

7 Feb

Well hello, reality. I’m back home after a wonderful {and much needed} long weekend away. On Thursday I said adios to my job, crashed on the couch at 8:30pm and closed that chapter of my life.

Friday morning, I got my gym on and then high-tailed it to Traverse City to meet my sister at the airport. Linds flew in from Chicago for our wine tour weekend.

My fabulous book club {more to come on that} decided that we should change it up in February and return to our hometown for a girls weekend. I am from up north Michigan where the wineries are as popular as Starbucks downstate and Feb 2 & 3 is the Taste the Passion Wine Tour. Done and done.

We rented a crazy awesome house at the Homestead and when we arrived, ran around like the crazy a**s on The Real World. Our digs for the weekend was right on the water; three stories with a master suite, two other bedrooms, full kitchen, fireplaces, etc. All you would need and more.

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After a drive through crazy, white-out snow, we arrived and met up with the rest of our crew. The night was spent drinking lots of wine, laughing and playing Cards Against Humanity.



Linds and Claire whipped up some quiche before our driver arrived at 10:30 to tout us around to the wineries. Twenty wineries participated, however, the event went from 11am – 5pm, so we laid out a plan to hit up our favorite spots. First up, Brengman Bros.

Since this was our first stop, we were given a run-down of the program, our wine glass for the day and a punch ticket. Taste the Passion Wine Tour asks wineries to participate by selecting one wine and creating an appetizer to pair it with. When you get to each winery, they hand you the food and you have your glass filled with the accompanying wine.


Now, you don’t have to stop there! You can continue on into the winery for standard wine tasting. Which, of course we did. At each winery. Lord.

At Brengmans, they served truffles with their Reiseling. So good. They were both sweet, but the chocolate had some red wine and was mellow compared to the tart of the white wine. 25950_4805135918865_2062481115_n IMG_9471

Next is our favorite, L.Mawby. This winery is a bit different because their wines are all ….. They served Jadore with chocolate from Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates.

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Our next stop was a standing favorite in my household, Leelanau Cellars. They paired a creamy Brie and Mushroom Risotto with their 2009 Reserve Chardonnay. No cheese for this girl. Luckily this place rocks and had chips and hummus on stand-by.



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Tandem Ciders is a bit of an odd-ball in the land of wine, but holds its own. They served Chicken Mole in a Cornmeal Crepe paired with Sweetheart Cider. We all voted the mole as not so good but the cider the clear winner of all of their offerings.IMG_9491 IMG_9492 IMG_9497

Forty-Five North was a new-to-me winery that I have enjoyed at home but never been. 45 served 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.

I passed on the phyllo shell as my stomach was filled with sugar so I had to start being selective with my eats. No need to crash and burn during this fun.

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We also had Blustone on our tour. A new winery, this place has a great open room with views for miles. It was a modern winery with a solid selection. Bluestone served a heart-shaped chocolate-cherry brownie paired with their 2010 Pinot Noir. Umm, this brownie was a little piece of heaven. And the wine was one of my top picks of the day. Very impressed with Bluestone.

IMG_9511 IMG_9512 IMG_9514Verterra Winery is located in downtown Leland and just opened two years ago. Despite being a newer winery, they have made their mark. We enjoyed a Leelanau Apple Tart w/Maple Mousse and Caramel paired with their Chaos White Cuvee. The wine was one of my favorites of the day, even as a red girl, fresh, crisp and full-bodied.

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Our second to last stop took us to Chateau Fontaine, a small winery that paired their Big Paw red with Cincinnati Chili dogs. Odd, but the solid food was much needed. I did not participate, no thank you. IMG_9529 IMG_9530

Bel Lago served a Decadent Triple Chocolate Cake drizzled with Chef Hamar’s Balaton Cherry Sauce paired with Bouquet, a “delightful blend of Pinot Noir and Cherry wines”.

Part two will be coming up soon. Until then, enjoy the contact buzz from this post.





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