A Toast to Michigan Sparklers!

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Pop! Fizz! Clink!

October 19, 2016

Cheers to the weekend! The Sparkle festivities begin Friday night with a sparkling wine reception from 6-8pm. Mingle with eight Michigan wine makers as they share tastes and describe their sparkling vintages. You'll also enjoy bites of complementing hors d'oeuvres  and receive a commemorative Sparkle champagne flute.

Once you've had your fill of sparkling wine, make plans to visit Vintage Chophouse | Wine Bar and try the $34 three-course feature menu created just for Sparkle, with sparkling wine top off service. 

Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay
Founded in 1998 and located along the 45th parallel, which is home to some of the greatest wine regions in the world. Black Star Farms takes a hand-crafted approach to wine making, with fruit sourced from both the proprietor's vineyards and from those of local grower partners, allowing for a consistent quality across vintages. Expect to sample the winery's popular 2015 BeDazzled, Delighted and 2010 Black Star Farms Brut Cuvee sparkling wines Friday night.  

Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Old Mission Peninsula
Converted from the family's former horse barn, the Bowers Harbor Vineyard now produces some of Michigan's top rated wines. The property now boasts five vineyards and founded the process of producing stainless steel fermented Chardonnay in Michigan. A process you can discover yourself Friday night as you sample Bowers Harbor's Blanc de Blanc, 2896 Brut Rose, and Brix.

Chateau Chantal, Old Mission Peninsula
In the tradition of the European chateau, Chateau Chantal evokes an old-world feeling and is always at the top of any wine lovers must-visit list. In December 1983, Robert and Nadine Begin formed Begin Orchards and purchased 60 acres of cherry orchards. The first grapevines were planted in the spring of 1986.  Now you have the opportunity to try this award-winning winery's Beguile. Celebrate!, and Cherry Sparkling.

Good Harbor Vineyards, Leelanau Peninsula
Born of a cherry orchard, the idea for a vineyard came about in the 1970s, when Bruce Simpson returned to the family farm after studying viticulture and oenology at the University of California Davis. Vineyards were soon planted and Good Harbor Vineyards opened in 1980, the fourth winery established on the Leelanau Peninsula. Today the winery has 70 acres of vineyard and manages hundreds of acres around the peninsula. Good Harbor will be debuting their Trillium Sparkling Riesling Demi-Sec, along with Sleeping Bare Blanc de Blanc, and Moonstruck Blanc de Noir.

L. Mawby Winery, Suttons Bay
Known as Michigan's preeminent sparkling wine producer, L. Mawby was established 1976, and today boasts 20 acres of vines, including pinot noir, vignoles, pinot gris, regent, riesling, chardonnay and pinot meunier varieties. With a list of accolades to its name and award-winning sparkling wines, you will sample a multitude of wines from L. Mawby Winery during Sparkle. Starting with Friday's sparkling wine reception, and Saturday evening at the Sparkling Wine Dinner.

Mackinaw Trail Winery, Petoskey, Manistique
Founded in 2004 Mackinaw Trail Winery is one of the fastest growing wineries in the state of Michigan, which includes a brand new state of the art facility in Petoskey on 30 acres of beautiful rolling hills planted with 15 acres of grapes.  In its first year at the new facility, Mackinaw Trail has taken over 50 medals and 6 best of class awards. In its 10 years of operation, Mackinaw Trail continues to be one of the most awarded and recognized wineries in the state of Michigan. Be sure to try its Blanc de Noir and Blanc de Blanc and taste for yourself what everyone is talking about.

St. Julian Winery, Paw Paw
St. Julian holds the distinction of being Michigan's oldest, largest, and most awarded winery. For nearly a century, their winemakers have embraced Michigan's rich glacial moraine soils to grow beautiful grapes. The shores of Lake Michigan boast the oldest commercial grape expanse in the state. Lake Michigan AVA vineyards date back to 1867, with lake effect taming the strong Michigan winters to produce a warmer growing. Taste two of the many offerings from St. Julian's Friday evening, including Sweet Nancie Sparkling Traminette and Sparkling Peach

Rudbeckia Farm, Walloon Lake
The newest edition to our Sparkling line-up, Rudbeckia Farm is located above the 45th on 190 acres with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and Walloon Lake. Being so far north limits the variety of grapes that will tolerate cold winters, so all of the grape varieties chosen for the vineyard originated from the University of Minnesota's grape breeding program where different varieties are cross-pollinated breed vines that not only survive winters down to about -30°F or colder but also make award-winning wine.