Leelanau Peninsula has become well-known for its Riesling and other cool-climate white varietals and blends. What is often overlooked, however, are the high-quality red wines being grown in the region.
“We’re growing great reds on the peninsula, and we look forward to sharing them,” says Alan Eaker, owner of Longview Winery in Cedar. “Our Pinot Noirs are light and aromatic, showing more of the true characteristics of the grape varietal than many other regions. Our Cabernet Francs and Merlots are bigger and more complex with a memory of the Leelanau Peninsula in every glass.”
To help get beneath the surface, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail hosts a free and fun event to explore and discover great red wines of Leelanau Peninsula. The Hunt for the Reds of October takes place the weekend of October 24-26, 2014. For the entire weekend, each of 23 participating wineries offer a free tasting of a diverse red wines: big and bold Cabernet Francs and Merlots, aromatic and spicy Pinot Noirs and many more. The event is free to all who know the secret launch code: “The hunt is on!”
In addition, the event benefits the American Red Cross of Northern Michigan with a portion of the weekend wine sales from various wineries being donated to the cause (see below for details). Great wine for a great cause? It doesn’t get better than that!
Use passcode “the hunt is on” to get free tastings of featured red wines!
The Wine List
Aurora Cellars, Lake Leelanau: Radiance
Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery, Cedar: 2012 North Vineyard Pinot Noir
Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill, Traverse City: Pinot Noir and Runaway Hen Rosso
Chateau Fontaine, Lake Leelanau: 2013 Pinot Noir
Ciccone Vineyard, Suttons Bay: Cabernet Franc
Gill’s Pier Vineyard & Winery, Northport: 2013 Just Unleashed
Good Neighbor Organic, Northport: Pinot Noir
L. Mawby, Suttons Bay: a red disguised as white – Blanc de Noirs
Laurentide Winery, Lake Leelanau: 2013 Pinot Noir
Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, Suttons Bay: ’11 Pinot Noir, ’13 Cabernet Franc and Passion
Verterra Winery, Leland: Chaos Red 2013
Stay tuned for the rest of the wine list…
Weekend Donations to the American Red Cross
Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery, Cedar: $1 for each bottle of the 2012 North Vineyard Pinot Noir sold during the event.
Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill, Traverse City: $1 for every bottle of Pinot Noir and Runaway Hen Rosso sold during the event.
L. Mawby, Suttons Bay: 1% of sales from the entire weekend of October 24 – 26.
Laurentide Winery, Lake Leelanau: 5% of Pinot Noir 2013 wine sales during the event.
Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, Suttons Bay: $1 for each bottle of Cab Franc sold during the event.