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 23-25, 20154. For the entire weekend, each of 22 participating wineries offer a free taste 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 a tasting of a featured red wine at each participating winery!
The 2015 Wine List
Aurora Cellars, Lake Leelanau: Rosso
Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery, Cedar: 2012 Tempesta
Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay: Cabernet Franc
Blustone Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: Ad-Lib
Boathouse Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: 2011 Merlot
Boskydel Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: no tasting fees on all reds
Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill, Traverse City:
Chateau de Leelanau, Suttons Bay: Hawkins Red
Chateau Fontaine, Lake Leelanau: Big Paw Red
Ciccone Vineyard, Suttons Bay: 2012 Cabernet Franc
Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery, Lake Leelanau:
Good Harbor Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: select any red
Good Neighbor Organic, Northport: Pinot Noir
L. Mawby, Suttons Bay: red bubbly called Rosso
Longview Winery, Cedar: no tasting fees on all reds
Raftshol: Suttons Bay: no tasting fees on all reds
Shady Lane Cellars: Suttons Bay: Pinot Noir
Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, Suttons Bay: Passion
Verterra Winery, Leland: 2014 Chaos Red Cuvee
Willow Vineyard, Suttons Bay: Pinot Noir
2015 Weekend Donations to the American Red Cross
Aurora Cellars, Lake Leelanau: 1% of Rosso sales during the event.
Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery, Cedar: $1 per bottle sold
Boathouse Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: $1 per every bottle of red wine sold
Chateau Fontaine, Lake Leelanau: portion of sales
Ciccone Vineyard, Suttons Bay: $1.00 of each featured wine sold during the event.
L. Mawby, Suttons Bay: $1.00 per bottle of any wine sold in our tasting room October 23-25
Willow Vineyard, Suttons Bay: $1.00 from every bottle sold during the event.
Peoples Choice Award Ballot
Vote for your favorite reds in three categories for a chance to win a great prize! Cast your vote by 12 noon on Tuesday, October 27 to be entered to win.