Well, we’re home from a week of vacation up north in Michigan’s Leelanau peninsula. It was beautiful. The weather we perfect and the colors were glorious. The whole experience included far too much food, far too little sleep, and the perfect amount of wine.We stayed in a cabin RIGHT ON the Traverse bay. It was beautiful:
The view was perfect:
Just up the road we often saw turkey…indeed, this was a small flock!
Here’s some more pics from the trip (including a few from the Willow Vineyard – not our favorite – and one of a really cool house):
I got some knitting done too, but haven’t taken pictures of it all – I promise I will though!
Finally, here’s a list of the wineries we visited (in no particular order):
Without question, my favorite vineyard was Shady Lanes — they’re awesome. Great wine, beautiful view, wonderful people. We’ll go back there. Left Foot Charley and Gills were great too. Gills is fairly young with INCREDIBLE potential; so is Left Foot Charlie (their room is one of the newest attempts to recapture and rejuvenate the old campus of Michigan’s now-defunct state hospital). All in all, we were impressed by some wonderful Rieslings and some great Cabernet Francs. I’ve never been a fan of the cabs but Michigan is apparently a wonderful place to grow them! (We liked others too, but I’ll stop there, for now.)
Also without question our universally LEAST favorite was Raftshol winery. I’ll not go into detail, but I will say we didn’t enjoy anything about it.
Oh, and for you tea-toters (how does one spell that?!), remember, we were up there a week and didn’t do all the tasting at the same time!
Finally, if you get a chance to try the biscotti from Provisions Ltd. DO SO. They’re wonderful. The only problem is that if you can’t find them somewhere (they’re available at the Longview and Black Star wineries) you have to pay unbelievably high shipping fees.
Anyhow… That’s all for now. Maybe more later. Grace and Peace,