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. 


Participate in our Snow Fun Photo Contest for a chance to snag some wine-derful swag! Just post your most memorable pics from the trail on your social media and include the hashtags #leelanauwine AND #snowfun for a shot at one of five contest prizes!

Best Overall Photo:
Wine Tote, Corkscrew and 6 Event Certificates (good toward any event along the trail)

Best Snow Fun Photo:
Wine Tote, Corkscrew and 2 Event Certificates (good toward any event along the trail)

Best Snow Angel Photo:
Wine Tote, Corkscrew and 2 Event Certificates (good toward any event along the trail)

Best Group Photo:
An Event Certificate (good toward any event along the trail) for each person in photo (up to 12)

Best Photo Promoting Leelanau Wine:
Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Gift Bag: 6-Bottle Wine Bag, 6 Logo Wine Glasses, Corkscrew, and 6 Event Certificates
(good toward any event along the trail)

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: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Shortbread made locally by The Flour Shop paired with Brut Rosé

Baia Estate, Northport: Cherry Pecan Cookie paired with Riesling

Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay: Hand Crafted Black Star Farms Merlot and Cherry Truffle dusted with Pistachio and Malden Smoked Sea Salt paired with Sirius Cherry Dessert Wine

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: Savory Red Pepper and Pesto Cheesecake paired with Great Hall Noir and Adore, a Cherry-Chocolate wine

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: Taco Wonton Bites paired with Bubbly Rosé

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: Fusion Compote Salad paired with choice of Pyment Mead 2018 or Dechaunac 2014 (Grand Release of the first vintage of Dechaunac)

Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery, Traverse City: Lemon Cake and Creamy Fudge Brownie Bites 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: Silver Leaf Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chestnut paired with Passion

Soul Squeeze Cellars, Lake Leelanau: Chocolate Ganache Cake paired with Cherry Dessert wine

Tandem Ciders, Suttons Bay: Breton-style Buckwheat Crepes with Garlicky Greens and Cheese paired with Greenman

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: Decadent Oatmeal Bar filled with Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint and Almonds, paired with your choice of Fox Island Sparkling Wine or Late Harvest Vignoles

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