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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Leland Wine & Food Festival This Weekend

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2014 Leland Wine Festival Poster by Kris Love

The 29th annual Leland Wine & Food Festival is a northern Michigan tradition that takes place this Saturday, June 14th from 12-6 PM in the Leland Harbor. Just shy of its 3rd decade, it’s the oldest wine festival in Michigan and has expanded to become a 2 day affair.

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Bowers Harbor Vineyards 2012 Block II Riesling for Wine Wednesday

Kristy tastes 2012 Block II Riesling from Bowers Harbor Vineyards (via Facebook).

Grape to Glass in Northern Michigan with the Wine Warriors

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The Wine Warriors reality TV show is holding a Kick-off Reception this Thursday (June 12) at Kirkbride Hall at the Grand Traverse Commons. Read on for the details, information and a great video from the show that follows the trials and tribulations of winemakers & staff at Chateau Chantal, Good Harbor Vineyards and Chateau de Leelanau, along with appearances by Larry Mawby.

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Happy Birthday Ed!

Ed O’Keefe of Chateau Grand Traverse is one of the pioneers of our wine industry and still going strong. More about Ed in the CGT history!

Left Foot Charley’s 10th Anniversary on June 14th

Since opening in 2004, Winemaker Bryan Ulbrich and the crew at Left Foot Charley have produced 10 vintages. On June 14, 2014 from noon – 3 PM, you will have a chance to taste wines from many of these vintages when they celebrate their 10th birthday with the Left Foot Charley Cellar Raid. This tasting will include a minimum of 10 wines along with charcuterie, cheese and “dramatic readings of their back labels.”

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Short’s & the Grand Traverse Resort recreate Imperial Beer Series Dinner

“The Imperial Beer Series was the benchmark for our company, sort of our departure point,” explains Short’s Brewing Company founder Joe Short in the latest Short’s Cast. “It was one of those projects where I wanted to go all in – sort of a make it or break it effort. Setting up shop in a small, remote community we really had put ourselves out there and give people a reason to come and seek us out. We didn’t have a whole lot of volume or a whole lot of distribution. What we did have was a lot of creativity, some brewing skills and a whole lot of imagination.” Read more

Traverse City to Host Global Celebration of Riesling

city-of-riesling-squareOn July 26th, 27 & 28, 2014 Traverse City will host a global celebration of Riesling, City of Riesling. The weekend will feature winemakers and Rieslings from Traverse City and all over the world with noted wine-writer and Riesling expert Stuart Pigott.

On Sunday, Traverse City will celebrate the Summer of Riesling with a party showcasing Rieslings from Traverse City and around the world. The event will be geared to present Riesling in a fresh and fun manner that showcases the range and qualities of some of the finest local, national and international offerings at the “Bar of 100 Rieslings,” a pop-up wine bar staffed by Riesling professionals. There will be ample opportunities for the trade and public to interact with attending winemakers, live music, and a world-premier screening of Stuart’s short film, WATCH YOUR BACK – The Riesling Movie (Part 1).

The highlight will be “Salon Riesling” on Monday featuring the Midwest release of Stuart Pigott’s new book, BEST WHITE WINE ON EARTH – The Riesling Story. The release will take place at The Franklin, the new restaurant from Trattoria Stella owners Paul & Amanda Danielson and Myles Anton that features the only second floor open air dining space in the city and a beverage program well-seasoned with Riesling. It will include a curated tasting of Rieslings featured in the book along with paired foods and TEDx-style talks from winemakers.

The City of Riesling Events:

SATURDAY, JULY 26TH
Riesling Showcase at Leelanau & Old Mission Peninsula Wineries
Enjoying Grand Traverse Bay

SUNDAY, JULY 27TH
3:00pm-5:00pm Riesling Oyster Riot at Little Fleet Oysters & Riesling is presented by Michael Peterson of Siren Hall and The Little Fleet.

6:00pm Watch the world-premier screening of Stuart’s short film, WATCH YOUR BACK – The Riesling Movie at the Bijou By the Bay and talk with attending winemakers as you try some of the world’s finest Rieslings against the backdrop of Grand Traverse Bay.

7:30pm THE NIGHT OF 100 RIESLINGS
Traverse City will celebrate the Summer of Riesling with a party showcasing Rieslings from Traverse City and around the world. The event will present Riesling in a fresh and fun manner that showcases the range and qualities of some of the finest local, national and international offerings at “The Bar of 100 Rieslings” a pop-up wine bar staffed by Riesling professionals.

MONDAY, JULY 28TH
12:00pm-5:00pm SALON RIESLING: BOOK RELEASE, TASTING & TALKS
The highlight will be Monday’s Midwest release of Stuart’s new book, BEST WHITE WINE ON EARTH – The Riesling Story. The release will take place at The Franklin in downtown Traverse City. It will include a curated tasting of Rieslings featured in the book along with paired foods and TEDx style talks on Riesling.

 

Culinary Calendar for Memorial Day Weekend

Here’s four unique culinary events that offer opportunities to taste the best beer, wine & food the area has to offer. There’s also a great list of local brat makers if you want to put some local meat on your grill this weekend!

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Hop Lot Brewing Co. coming to Suttons Bay this Summer

The microbrewery boom continues as the latest on the scene, Hop Lot Brewing Co., starting construction in Suttons Bay early this month and on track for a summer 2014 opening.

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