(Traverse) City of Riesling

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eatdrinkTC editor Andrew McFarlane has been hard at work helping to build the new City of Riesling event this weekend (July 26-28), and today we have a very special guest post today from the Guest of Honor for this weekend’s festivities, wine writer & global Riesling champion Mr. Stuart Pigott. Stuart began writing about wine in his early twenties as a student in London. He has been the wine columnist of the Sunday Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s equivalent of The New York Times for over a decade and is the author of BEST WHITE WINE ON EARTH: The Riesling Story which has taken him to every corner of “Planet Riesling” including the Leelanau & Old Mission Peninsulas.

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TBT: Ed O’Keefe of Chateau Grand Traverse

This year Chateau Grand Traverse celebrates their 40th Anniversary, and we’re happy that CGT has allowed us to share this feature for a “Throw Back Thursday” about one of our area’s wine pioneers as anticipation builds for the first City of Riesling next weekend (July 27-29, 2014).

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“When I founded Chateau Grand Traverse in 1974, I knew that my determination to produce world-class Riesling wines in northern Michigan would create controversy, draw cynics, and ultimately revolutionize the Michigan wine industry.”
~EDWARD O’KEEFE JR., Founder

by Tricia Phelps

Since 1978 when founder Edward O’Keefe harvested his first commercial crop, the number of vineyards in the region has grown exponentially. Grape cultivation and wine production has developed an entire industry that was nearly nonexistent in the area forty years ago. Today, over thirty wineries exist between the Leelanau & Old Mission Peninsulas and the wines they produce are starting to gain recognition worldwide.

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First Annual Family Style Lobster Boil at Bowers Harbor

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Gather your family and friends, put on an apron, grab a mallet and prepare to dine on a whole Maine Lobster at Bowers Harbor Vineyards first annual Family Style Lobster Boil on Saturday, July 19th at 7 PM in the vineyard.

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Green Cuisine July 16th at Food for Thought

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Green Cuisine is an annual event that takes place next Wednesday (July 16) from 5-8 PM at Food For Thought near Empire. The annual event offers a chance to meet and sample the works of local food and beverage artisans, tour Food For Thought’s organic farm and green buildings and socialize, learn and have fun in a beautiful setting. They also have a “green lifestyles” tent where you can learn about other green local products and services.

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Traverse City to host City of Riesling

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Global Riesling champion Stuart Pigott says, “Riesling’s range goes from bone dry to honey sweet, from feather light to tongue heavy and every single gradation and combination of those things. No other grape variety can do that.”

As the author of the Best White Wine on Earth: The Riesling Story, Mr. Pigott ought to know. Stuart has spent years traversing what he calls “Planet Riesling” in search of the essence and spirit of this remarkable grape. He will bring his book and his insight to Traverse City July 26-28, 2014 as the featured guest for the inaugural City of Riesling. City of Riesling will be a multi-faceted exploration of this diverse and exciting wine set in one of the hot new Riesling regions. Read more

Brengman Brothers New Release Party

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Brengman Brothers invites you to their annual summer tasting of wines from the new and recently bottled vintages this Saturday, July 5 from 11-7.

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Raw Juice Company Grand Opening July 3rd

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The Raw Juice Company opens their doors on the new shared space with The Parlor – Traverse City  at 205 Lake Ave (the old Loading Dock) this Thursday July 3rd at 7pm.

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4th of July at Left Foot Charley

Left Foot Charley invites you to their pre-fireworks event featuring some BBQ, Jambalaya, Maxbauer’s hot dogs along with live music by Don Julin and Billy Strings!

BBQ grill is firing up at 5pm and music starts at 6:30 – click below for more from Facebook.

Food, Drink & Blue Angels open the 2014 National Cherry Festival

The 88th annual National Cherry Festival kicks off next weekend with the Blue Angels and three food events at the Hagerty Center right on the shore of Grand Traverse Bay. Read on for all the details!

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Rare Bird Brewpub ready to open!

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If all goes well with their final inspection, Rare Bird Brewpub will open their doors to the public next week. Co-owner and brewer Tina Schuett shares, “It’s been a long road. We’ve worked really hard to make sure everything’s just right and are excited to open the doors to let everyone see what we’ve built.”

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