Wine Beat: Three Fires Wine & Skipping Stone Cellars

MyNorth.com reports on a pair of tasting rooms that will hold their grand opening this Saturday:

Dave and Ileana Habsburg-Snyder are excited to announce the opening of their two new wine tasting rooms in Suttons Bay, Michigan, Three Fires Wine and Skipping Stone Cellars. The Grand Opening of the side-by-side locations take place this Saturday, October 12th from 2pm to 6pm.

The tasting rooms are located side-by-side on M22 at Hilltop Road on the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula just south of Suttons Bay.

We’ll try and get out there to get you a first look, but if not, I’m betting that as one of the more savvy social media folks in the area, Ileana will have all kinds of photos posted to the Skipping Stone Cellars Facebook!

Skipping Stone Wine

2013 grape harvest looking good!

The Detroit News reports:

A cooler-than-usual summer and more moisture will produce flavorful and crisp Rieslings and Chardonnays, two of the varieties for which Michigan is best known. A few more weeks on the vine and red wine grapes will turn out as well, vintners predict.

“It was a classic northern Michigan year; most of the wines are going to be butt-kicking good,” said Chris Baldyga, co-owner and general manager of 2 Lads Winery near Traverse City. “An average year with the weather we get still makes great wine.”

[pullquote]There’s an awful lot of enthusiasm. This is the time of the year we really feel most alive.
~Lee Lutes, Black Star Farms[/pullquote]…At Willow Vineyards near Traverse City, John Crampton said his grapes are about two weeks behind last year’s schedule, but that’s not a bad thing.

“We’re anticipating a pretty good year,” he said of his 8-acre winery. “Things just got to an earlier start (last year).”

Lee Lutes, head winemaker and general manager of Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, said his red wine grapes will hang on the vine for another few weeks, but wine from his white grapes should be very fruity and crisp this year.

“We’re feeling pretty good about where we are,” he said.

I’m not familiar with the term “butt-kicking good” but that sounds like good news for the 2013 vintage to me!

Food Trucks roll into Mawby

In September & October, the L Mawby/M Lawrence/Big Little tasting rooms will welcome a couple of the leaders on the Michigan food truck scene to their wineries. The Purple Carrot Truck, Michigan’s first farm to truck food stand, work directly with local farmers to bring the freshest, local ingredients to their truck. As the good folks at The Purple Carrot say, ” food is only as good as the ingredients you start with.”  Roaming Harvest was TC’s first food truck and they seek & deliver delicious, local, and seasonal food from Traverse City area farms.

Here’s the dates – come out and enjoy the taste of fresh & local on your plate and in your glass!

  • Saturday, September 7: Purple Carrot Food Truck
  • Saturday, September 14: Roaming Harvest
  • Saturday, October 5: Roaming Harvest
  • Saturday, October 26: Purple Carrot Food Truck

Here’s the map on Foursquare.

photo via Purple Carrot Food Truck Facebook

Left Foot Charley Harvest Festivus

The annual Harvest Festivus at Left Foot Charley is a FREE German themed, all ages event celebrating the grape harvest!

On Sunday, October 6th from noon to 6 PM LFC (located at the Grand Traverse Commons) will offer kids activities, winemakers in Lederhosen, German Oompah music and horse drawn carriage rides throughout the event. Food and beverage are available for purchase and include fresh apple cider, hard cider, wine and more!