Wine Regions … in Michigan?!

When I think of wine regions, I automatically think of the most famous locations like Sonoma, Napa Valley, or Italy and France. I never thought that kind of treasure would be right in my backyard … in Michigan!


Traverse City, a place known for it’s cherry production and white sandy beaches, is also home to more than 25 wineries. I know what you are thinking, “I am not much of a wine drinker” or “I don’t know much about the different types of wine.” Neither was I! Prior to my trip to Traverse City, I was drinking wine out of a box (which is not something I like to admit!). A few friends and I went over to Old Mission Peninsula, and we met some really great people. All of the employees were very nice and very helpful. I learned the difference between reds and whites, drys and sweets, and they gave me suggestions about food pairings with the wine I was tasting. Now I understood why my grandmother always served red wines with spaghetti dinner!  Reds tend to be a more full bodied wine, which deserves a heavier cuisine.  They also tend to be a more dry wine, which was the reason I never liked it!  Whites, on the other hand, tend to be more of a sweet wine, and light bodied.  They go well with meats like chicken and pork and fish.  They also tend to go well with desserts, and my all time favorite, dark chocolate.  Naturally, I was a bigger fan of the whites!  I would have never learned all of these things if I hadn’t went to the tasting rooms, and now I am not intimidated by wine at the grocery store.
Did I mention it was FREE (or very close to free)? I never had to spend more than $3 at any of the wineries, which paid for 6 samples of wine and a glass to take home with me.  My favorite wine was a Riesling from Bower’s Harbor, what’s yours?

For more to do in Traverse City, Michigan, check out water activities on Lake Michigan, take in a minor league baseball game, or visit one of the casinos!

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1 Response to “Wine Regions … in Michigan?!”

  1. 1 karen s August 20, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I Love to go to Traverse City in the Fall. It’s a little on the cool side but when you get done with the wine tasting you don’t care! hee hee!! Traverse is a great place to see.

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