The Leelanau Peninsula has become well known for its Riesling and other crisp, cool-climate whites. What is often overlooked however, is the high quality red wines being grown in our region.
To help go beneath the surface, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail is excited to announce a free and fun event to help wine enthusiasts discover the red wines of Leelanau Peninsula. The Hunt for the Reds of October takes place the weekend of October 25-27, 2013. For the entire weekend, 22 participating wineries are offering free tasting of a diverse selection of red wines: dark and spicy Cabernet Francs, smooth & floral Pinot Noirs and a diverse range of vinifera and hybrid reds that are representative of Leelanau’s vineyards.
“There are great cool-climate red varieties planted on the peninsula,” explained Adam Satchwell, winemaker of Shady Lane Cellars of Suttons Bay. “Our Pinot Noir shows an intense aromatic and more elegant version of Pinot. Cabernet Franc and Merlot are also showing great results. A better understanding of how to grow these varieties has resulted in bigger, more complete reds.”
We invite you to sample some of the fruits of these and other vintages the last weekend of October or another time. The event is free to all who know the secret launch code: “The hunt is on!” Get details and updates at www.lpwines.com/redwine.
Use passcode “the hunt is on” to get free tastings of featured red wines during this event!
Bel Lago Vineyard & Winery of Cedar is featuring Bel Lago Red, a complex multi-vintage blend of about 25 red varieties including Regent, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.
At Black Star Farms of Suttons Bay, enjoy 2011 Arcturos Pinot Noir. The dry red wine complements a variety of cuisine choices and is a favorite of winemaker Lee Lutes. The Pinot Noir will have special pricing for the weekend, and ten percent of its proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.
Blustone Vineyards of Lake Leelanau is pouring 2011 Pinot Noir and 2012 Ad Lib.
At Boathouse Vineyards of Lake Leelanau, try 2011 Sunset Red, a delicious blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Regent which received a Gold Medal from Tasters Guild. Also sip 2011 Boathouse Red, a blend of Merlot and Cab Franc and a customer favorite.
A yummy 2012 Pinot Noir is is the feature at Chateau Fontaine of Lake Leelanau.
Cherry Republic Winery of Glen Arbor is offering Cherry Red, a yummy grape and cherry blend of 80% Merlot mixed with Montmorency Red and Balaton cherries that offer a uniquely Northern Michigan flavor to a classic dinner wine.
Ciccone Vineyards of Suttons Bay is featuring their delicious 2011 Cabernet Franc.
A newly released 2012 Pinot Noir will be flowing at Forty-Five North Vineyard and Winery of Lake Leelanau.
At Gill’s Pier Vineyard and Winery of Northport, the 2011 Cabernet Franc/Merlot is sure to delight the senses.
Good Harbor Vineyards of Lake Leelanau is offering Labernet, a delicious dry red blend.
Sip a little Pinot Noir at Good Neighbor Organic of Northport.
A fabulous 2011 Pinot Noir is the feature at Laurentide Winery of Lake Leelanau.
Is bubbly more your style? Try M.Lawrence Redd at L. Mawby of Suttons Bay.
You’re sure to agree that the Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc at Longview Winery of Cedar is fantastic.
You won’t want to miss Franc n Franc and Pinot Noir at Shady Lane Cellars of Suttons Bay.
Three great reds are available at Silver Leaf Winery of Suttons Bay. Try 2011 Pinot Noir, 2012 Cabernet Franc and 2011 “Passion,” a Pinot Noir and Chafia Cherry Blend.
At Verterra Winery of Leland, sip their signature Reserve Red, showing dark ruby purple color and deep red and black fruit flavors with hints of spice and herbs.
Willow Vineyards of Suttons Bay is serving 2011 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir described with a cherry nose with classic pinot earth tones and a pepper finish.