• Traverse City Uncorked: A Month-Long Celebration of Local Wines

     
    POSTED May 18, 2017
     

This May, a new month-long series of wine-related events called “Traverse City Uncorked” will be held throughout the Traverse City area. The event is a collaboration between Traverse City Tourism, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. It will showcase Traverse City’s burgeoning wine and cuisine scene while also featuring specials at participating venues throughout the region.

"May is a great time to visit Traverse City, and we are thrilled that Traverse City Uncorked will offer visitors so many fun ways to enjoy our local wines,” says Trevor Tkach, president and CEO of Traverse City Tourism.

Leelanau and Old Mission, the region’s two peninsulas, are American Viticultural Areas with diverse microclimates well-suited for a variety of wine grapes. Among the internationally acclaimed varietals are Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.

“This region represents one of the most unique viticultural regions in the country,” says Lee Lutes, winemaker at the Black Star Farms winery near Suttons Bay. “Combine the region with the dedication of growers and winemakers that are passionate about these cool climate varieties, truly exceptional wines are being produced.”

The month-long experience includes lodging packages with complimentary wine tasting, a Sips & Giggles Comedy Show, a Swine & Dine Dinner, tasting room specials, chef events, winemaker dinners, wine education and more.

“Traverse City Uncorked serves as the perfect venue for showcasing the rich diversity, stylistic complexity and breadth of character from the wines grown and produced throughout northern Michigan,” says Lutes.

For more information on details, lodging packages and tickets, visit www.traversecityuncorked.com.

Ferndale’s Otus Supply opened last year, and named this cocktail after a song by New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band.

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. Remy Martin 1738
—0.5 oz. Tempus Fugit Gran Classico
—0.75 oz. lemon sherbet*
—3 dashes hazelnut bitters*
—lemon twist for garnish
—Herbsaint

DIRECTIONS:
1. Rinse a Nick and Nora glass with Herbsaint.
2. Stir all other ingredients in a mixing glass.
3. Strain cocktail into Herbsaintrinsed glass.
4. Garnish with lemon twist.

 

Well, another fantastic Best of Michigan Awards party has come and gone. Every year, I think we’ve topped ourselves, though, really, each year’s celebration is wonderful in its unique way.

This year we took the party to Traverse City, a much-needed visit by the magazine’s readers and supporters to the region that has done so much to lure tourism to Michigan. The local meeting and events industry folks bent over backwards to make the experience exceptional. We spread out over two venues—the City Opera House and the Hotel Indigo—and enjoyed wonderful hospitality wherever we were.

 

Mary Zucchero is now Livingston County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s new executive director. Replacing Barb Barden, who retires after two decades of service, Zucchero will oversee the county's marketing operations and mission to promote the area's restaurants, shops and destinations to visitors beginning May 22.