2896: Bowers Harbor Vineyards Langley Vineyard, Wine & Dinner

Our latest eatdrinkTC photo contest has a pretty incredible prize, 2 tickets to the Bowers Harbor Vineyards 2896 Vertical Tasting Room Dinner on Saturday, May 17th.

Spencer Stegenga

Spencer Stegenga

For the story on Bowers Harbor’s flagship red wine, 2896 Langley, we went straight to Spencer Stegenga. “My grandfather Harold Langley passed away in 1998,” Spencer explained. “He was my inspiration. He’d work with me in his garden, having me pull weeds and potato bugs and sharing his love of agriculture with me. I have 22 cousins, and at his funeral they shoved me to the pulpit and I knew that I needed to name the vineyard we were planting the following spring after him.”

The Langley vineyard was planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc a sprinkling of Cabernet Sauvignon and provides all of the grapes for 2896 Langley. Spencer said, “2896 is always a blend but never the same. We don’t make it every year – the vintage has to be where we want it to be. It’s a Right Bank style of wine that leans heavily on Cab Franc, but we’ve figured out that to harness the flavors of Cab Franc we need the Merlot.”

Amanda Danielson, Proprietress of Trattoria Stella & Advanced Sommelier said, “There is good wine made in every year in most wine regions of the world and some years are better than others. Bowers Harbor Vineyard’s 2896 program is an example of the best of both. The dry red and the sparkling rosé make the short list of must-haves in their respective categories every year they are produced.”


“In the end, it’s all about the land we farm,” said Spencer. “Our family has been involved in farm to table (or as we say ‘grape to glass’) since our ancestors arrived from Germany four generations ago. We’re fortunate enough to be able to carry on this legacy right here on the Old Mission Peninsula. The vines we have planted over the last 25 years is one more step to continuing the families way of life and utilization of our family property. It’s a beautiful thing.”

You have a chance to experience this wine at their 2896 Vertical Dinner on Saturday, May 17th at the Bowers Harbor Vineyards tasting room.  They are partnering with The Boathouse to showcase three vintages of 2896 Langley. The cost is $100 per person ($80 for Wine Club Members) and you can make reservations by emailing name and number of guests to info@bowersharbor.com or calling the tasting room at 231-223-7615.

2896 Vertical Dinner Menu

Champagne Reception
2010 2896 Brut Rose ~ Gourmet cheeses and flat bread

Salad Course
2012 Rose Pinot Noir ~ Boathouse Salad

Main Course
2007, 2008, 2010 2896 ~ Filet Mignon and starch

Dessert and Mingling
2006 Gewurztraminer Ice Wine ~ Crème Brulee