Taste the Passion

Join us for Taste the Passion
The SWEETEST event of the year!

Saturday & Sunday, February 8 & 9, 2020

Winter Wonderland is here, and there’s “snow” much fun to be had along the trail! Gather your friends and embark on an adventure of snow-covered vineyards and sweet and savory bites paired with amazing wine.  This fun-filled winter celebration along the trail takes place Saturday from 11 AM until 5 PM and Sunday from 12 noon until 5 PM.

Tickets are good for both days and include a souvenir wine glass and delish Leelanau wine and food pairings at each of the participating wineries. After your featured pairing, most wineries offer 2 additional complimentary tastes.

Whether you’re hand-in-hand with your valentine or traversing the trail with your gal pals, it’s sure to be an unforgettable blast! *Tickets are purchased 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. 

Don’t want to drive? Find a willing friend and purchase an additional designated driver ticket. Your driver can still enjoy the food pairings while he/she takes you from winery to winery. You can also take your food and 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. Thanks to NoMI Sparkling Water for their sponsorship of our Designated Driver program!

2020 Taste The Passion Menu

Amoritas Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: Bruschetta from Folgarelli’s paired with 2017 Pinot Gris

Aurora Cellars, Lake Leelanau:

Baia Estate, Northport:

Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay:

Blustone Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: Decadent Chocolate and Cherry Brownie topped with Pinot Noir Ganache paired with 2017 Pinot Noir

Boathouse Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: Homemade Mini Cheesecake infused with Apricot Compote and paired with our Gold Medal winning Dry Dock Riesling

Chateau Fontaine Vineyard and Winery, Lake Leelanau: Butternut Squash Ravioli Alfredo paired with Chardonnay

Cherry Republic, Glen Arbor:

Ciccone Vineyard & Winery, Suttons Bay: Vidalia Onion Relish Cream Cheese Spread on Pita paired with  2017 Starboard (Tawny Port Style Wine) or  2018 Grazie (Fruit Wine)

45 North Vineyard & Winery, Lake Leelanau:

Good Harbor Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: Candied Bacon with Brut (Sparkling Gruner Veltliner)

Green Bird Organic Cellars, Northport: Mini Passion Pizzas (heart-shaped!) with Sparkling Chardonnay

Laurentide Winery, Lake Leelanau: “No Worry” Chicken Curry with Sweet Potatoes and Lemongrass over Jasmine Rice paired with Gold-Winning Sweet Riesling 2017

Leelanau Cellars, Omena: Kilwin’s Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffle with a light pink Raspberry Drizzle or Champagne Milk Chocolate Truffle with White Chocolate Drizzle paired with Winter White Bubbly

Mawby, Suttons Bay: Gingersnap Cookie paired with Roobi, a new low-alcohol canned bubbly

Nathaniel Rose Wines, Suttons Bay:

Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery, Traverse City: Belgian Truffles with a Cocoa Dusting paired with 2014 Cab Franc/Merlot or 2018 Select Harvest Riesling

Shady Lane Cellars, Suttons Bay: Coconut Cream Cheesecake Bites paired with 2016 Estate Chardonnay

Silver Leaf Vineyard and Winery, Suttons Bay:

Soul Squeeze Cellars, Lake Leelanau:

Tandem Ciders, Suttons Bay:

Two K Farms, Sutton Bay: Sponge Cake Bite drizzled in a Strawberry Sauce with Whipped Cream (optional) paired with 2017 Colonnade Apple Wine

Verterra Winery, Leland:

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