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.”
On 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.
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!
“After a winter like the one we just had, I think we vinters can use all the help we can get.”
~ winemaker Robert Brengman
Asking for help from a higher power is something probably as old as agriculture itself, and something that goes back generations here in Traverse City. While the blossoms are being held up by the new “Endless Winter” plan we are apparently operating under, we hope that things will return to normal soon and offer these upcoming events as a ray of hope.
April is Michigan Wine Month, and many wineries are taking advantage of the national media focus on one of TC’s hottest industries to try and take their wine further. Going the furthest in one sense are Chateau Chantal Winemaker Mark Johnson and Director of Hospitality Brian Lillie. The pair have begun “#DeutschlandExpedition” – their quest for the perfect Riesling pairing in the heart of Riesling country in the Mosel and Rhine Valleys.
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.
“What a fantastic idea of pairing wine tasting and painting instructions in such a fun way so even the novice can leave with beautiful original artwork. And to end the evening with the chefs – what a fabulous meal!”
~ Jen Sutter of Traverse City on last year’s event
At eatdrinkTC, we’re always on the lookout for fun new ways to experience food & drink. The upcoming Artful Retreat at Black Star Farms on Sunday, March 23rd definitely fits the bill!
The day-long event is led by artist Stephanie Schlatter, and in addition to exploring the relationship between art & wine with your own hands and palette, there’s an evening dinner and an overnight stay at the incredible Inn at Black Star Farms.
We checked in with some of our local winemakers on the 2013 vintage and the state of Old Mission & Leelanau vineyards in the face of bitterly cold temperatures.
Last Saturday bowersharborvineyards wrote: Promising start to today’s sunset, just in time for the Sushi Party in our renovated Tasting Room! It smells SO good in here right now!
The prize for our February #eatdrinkTC Photo Contest is two, 3-course dinners at The Cooks’ House. We’re going to accept entries through noon Sunday, so if you’re out and taking photos of eating, drinking and enjoying the Traverse City area this weekend, you can enter enter by adding the “#eatdrinkTC” hashtag to your photo on Twitter or Instagram, sharing it to our Facebook or adding it to our Flickr group.
- 2016 Traverse City Beer Week – November 11-17
- Farmers Market Brunches during Cherry Festival
- Selden Standard chef Andy Hollyday and The Cooks’ House Guest Chef Series
- 2016 Short’s Anniversary Party
- Short’s Space Rock now gluten free
- Morel Dinner (and Hunt!) at Black Star Farms
- Morel Love
- Wild Food Wednesday: Morels
- Wild Food Wednesday: Ramps or Wild Leeks
- Friday Cocktail Hour: Pamplemousse by Gary Jonas of The Little Fleet