A Tasteful Wine Trail in the Leelanau Peninsula - cheers!
Lake Leelanau Travel Blog› entry 10 of 17 › view all entries
I like wine, but I have to be honest I’m just learning
about it. In the other hand, Eric knows a lot about it. So it was perfect, he
was with me for the wine tasting, suggesting me what to try and in which order
to do it. Of course the staff in the different places were really friendly and
helpful, but having personalized attention was much better ;) Well, this Wine
Trail experience is for all senses.
Our first stop was the: Good Harbor Vineyard. It was the
first we pass after leaving the Sleeping Bear Dunes. It was my first experience
Wine Tasting in a vineyard here. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was
nice. I loved the fact all the people were there for the wine and all shared
their opinions and expertise. We got a map for the rest of the trail and found
the vineyard which produces the wine we just bought in TC had a Wine tasting
too. So we knew where to go next. Before leaving, Eric was promoting that other
wine, haha. By the way, I loved the Pinot Grigio 2006. It’s a white wine, but
it’s not too sweet. Just perfect! We took a bottle and Eric gave it to me to
take it back home, hehe.
The 45 North: This was our second stop. These guys were the
responsible for the wine we loved the day before in TC. Visiting it was a MUST,
haha. Their wine tasting room wasn’t ready yet, but it didn’t mean they couldn’t
make you taste their incredible wines. The past year they won some prizes and
medals, great! When we were there, we recognized some familiar faces, haha, the
people we met in the other vineyard followed Eric’s advise, haha. Eric talked
to the lady in charge of the new Tasting Room and she gave us a mini tour and
explained us a bit about their production. Cool!!!! It was time to try the wine
and I already knew which one I wanted, hehe. We have already bought a case in
TC, but we got new releases, not even labeled: “Sparkling Apple Wine” & “Apple
Wine” They both were really good.
We went to the Bel Lago V & W: this vineyard was older.
The staff was nice and the wine was good, while we were there the 4 girls
arrived, haha. Eric introduced me as the “Peruvian girl”, haha, I might have
been the only Peruvian in the area, hahaha. It was their first time in the area
too. So, Eric asked them where they would have dinner. They mentioned a place,
but weren’t sure how it was. So, Eric told them we would go to a really nice
place and the girls accepted to join us.
Our final stop was: Gill’s Pier. I loved their tasting
room, antique filled and cute. We arrived almost at closing time. The guy
working there (I can’t remember his name - sorry) was really kind and helpful. He
and Eric were discussing about the wines in the area and Eric told him about
our 2 wines from the 45. He was curious about them, so Eric brought them from
the jeep and we all tasted it, hehe. This guy was so friendly and told us he
had wine made of honey at his house, mmm. First time I heard about that, oh!!!!
Well, they closed but let us stay inside for a while. In fact they even let us
use the restrooms to change our clothes. We needed to get ready for dinner.
After dinner we’d go to a pub, we invited the guy to join us. Maybe we would
Ok, my Wine Trail was over. It has been really cool! Yeah! My first Wine Trail! I love experience new things :)