Spring Sip & Savor

Ring in Spring Along the Trail!

As our vineyards awaken to the sun and warmth of May, toast to the enchanting beauty of spring, indulge your senses and discover delicious Leelanau Wines splendidly paired with scrumptious small bites! This beloved springtime event includes a self-guided tour along the trail, where you’re free to visit any of the 24 participating wineries in any order you choose on both Saturday, May 5 (11 am – 6 pm) and Sunday, May 6 (Noon – 5 pm). Tickets are limited and typically sell out, so get yours TODAY!

Ticket Information:
Tickets are $40 and include a souvenir wine glass, along with a featured wine and food pairing at all participating wineries. After your featured pairing, most wineries offer an additional complimentary 2 to 3 tastes. Purchase your tickets by selecting a Starting Winery where you will check-in to the event and pick up your supplies before charting your own course to participating wineries in any order you choose. Tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday. A $5 donation for every ticket sold goes to the Bruce Simpson Winemakers Scholarship to help students in their quest for a career in viticulture or enology in Northern Michigan.

Don’t want to drive? Find a willing friend and purchase an additional designated driver ticket for just $20. Your driver can still enjoy the food pairings while he/she takes you from winery to winery. You can also take your food & wine tour via bus or limo by contacting one of our transportation partners. We encourage you to contact them PRIOR to purchasing your tickets and a starting point. Visit our transportation page for a complete list of our preferred partners.

          

Sip O’ de Mayo Hat Contest

Calling all Fashionistas & Hat Lovers – Show off your spring “hattitude” along the trail with a hat that expresses your elegant, bold, or fun-loving style! Post your “best bonnet” photos to your social media and tag us @lpwines for a chance to win one of many fab prizes! Guys are also encouraged to get in on the fun!

Grand Prize Category: A Shrine to Leelanau Wine Trail

Love Leelanau Wines and everything about our unique trail? Wear your heart on your hat! Winner gets two event tickets to next year’s Spring Sip & Savor, plus two nights’ accommodations at The Homestead resort in picturesque Glen Arbor—the area named The Most Beautiful Place in America by Good Morning America!

More Prize Opportunities—theme your hat and photo to one of the following categories for a chance to win two trail tickets to any one event of your choice!

Feeling Sipsy

Señior/Señiorita Vino

Bright and Bubbly

Most Artistic

THE PAIRINGS

GRAND TRAVERSE BAY LOOP

Shady Lane Cellars of Suttons Bay is serving Asian Chicken Salad paired with a 2016 Muscat.

Black Star Farms of Suttons Bay is serving Rock Shrimp Ceviche with Cilantro, Red Onion, Roasted Poblano Peppers, Corn, Tomato, Lime and Tortilla Chips paired with their 2016 Arcturos Sur Lie Chardonnay (Unoaked).

Ciccone Vineyard & Winery of Suttons Bay is serving Vegetarian Marinara accompanied with Toasted Garlic Baguettes paired with Vintner’s Choice of Wine.

Chateau de Leelanau of Suttons Bay is serving Senior Petes Pulled Pork Tacos paired with their World-Famous Cherry Wine Sangria.

L. Mawby of Suttons Bay is serving a Kale & Quinoa Tabuleh with Pita Chips and their Finest Wine – “Talismøn” Bubbly, a blend of Vignoles, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay grapes that are hand-picked and carefully whole-cluster pressed.

Willow Vineyards of Suttons Bay is serving Lemon Zucchini Cake with Elderflower Glaze paired with a Riesling.

 

NORTHERN LOOP

Blustone Vineyards of Lake Leelanau is serving Chorizo Appetizer Bites paired with their 2016 Ad Lib, their “One and Only” Table Red.

Green Bird Organic Cellars & Farms of Northport is serving Roasted Salsa Roja paired with their Sweet Riesling.

Leelanau Wine Cellars of Omena is serving Jalapeño and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms with their new Winter White Bubbly — a sparkling variation of their most popular White Semi-Sweet Wine.

45 North Vineyard & Winery is serving Smoked Salmon with Leelanau Cheese Garlic Fromage Blanc on Crostinis Topped with Wild Ramps and paired with their Unwooded Chardonnay.

Aurora Cellars of Lake Leelanau is serving Ice Box Brand’s Handcrafted Gourmet Strawberry-Lemonade-Flavored Mini Ice Cream Bars paired with a 2016 Rosé.

Amoritas Vineyards of Lake Leelanau is serving a Spring Couscous paired with their Mary’s Folly Field Blend, a fun floral blend of Auxerrois, Muscat Ottonel and Pinot Blanc grapes.

Verterra Winery of Leland is serving Flautas: Flour Tortillas, Rolled up with Chicken, Cheese, Black Beans, and Roasted Corn, then Deep Fried and topped with Ribbon of Sour Cream and a Little Salsa paired with their 2-time Gold-Medal-Winning 2016 Pinot Grigio or their 2014 Chaos White (also a winner of 2 gold medals). Note: A spiced-up salsa will also be available as an alternative topping for those who are more adventurous!!!

Boathouse Vineyards of Lake Leelanau is serving a Soft Cheese, Cream, Garlic, and Herb Spread on a Slice of Baguette Bread paired with their Knot Too Sweet Riesling.

Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery of Suttons Bay is serving Cheery Cherry Cake Bites paired with Cherry Chafia Wine.

Tandem Ciders of Suttons Bay is serving…coming soon!

French Valley Vineyard & Bistro of Suttons Bay is serving Chinese Spring Rolls, both Spicy Chicken and Vegetarian, paired with a full glass of our Summer Sangria — made with their award-winning Pinot Gris and garnished with fruit and mint. Recipes will be available.

Nathaniel Rose at Raftshol of Suttons Bay is serving Meatballs Stewed with Mushrooms and Drizzled in a Cheese Sauce paired with Vinter’s Choice of Red.

 

SLEEPING BEAR LOOP

Rove Estate of Traverse City is serving a Local Cherry Chicken Salad catered by Uptown Catering paired with their 2017 Ragaire Rosé .

Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery of Cedar is serving a Robust Minestrone Soup paired with an elegant Pinot Noir.

Good Harbor Vineyards of Lake Leelanau is serving Chili and Cheese Soup with Tortilla Chips paired with Trillium, a Crisp Semi-Dry Riesling.

Laurentide Winery of Lake Leelanau is serving a Shredded Chicken & Spinach Casserole with Green Chile Sour Cream Cheese Sauce on a Bed of Corn Tortillas paired with their Wine of the Month, Chardonnay 2016.

Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor is serving Leaf Lettuce Tacos with their Cherry Sangria.

Chateau Fontaine of Lake Leelanau is serving Homemade Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas (with Optional Jalapeño Sauce) paired with Pinot Gris, Big Paw Red or Semi-Sweet Riesling.