This year celebrate Thanksgiving with a bottle of northern Michigan wine at the table. We hit the wine trail over the weekend to get some suggestions for wines that pair well with rich Thanksgiving dinners. We’ve got picks for white wine, red wine, rose and bubbly.
Make Mine a White Wine
2016 Gewurtztraminer, Shady Lane Cellars
Tasting notes: This estate fruit wine offers notes of orange blossom, lychee and white pepper. It’s a medium bodied dry white wine with the flexibility to pair with many holiday dishes.
Pairs well with: Try with sage and sausage stuffing, roast honey lamb, bacon roasted Brussels sprouts or cranberry and orange chutney.
Available in: The tasting room on the Leelanau peninsula and online. If you’re dining out you may also find it on the wine list at Bistro Fou Fou.
2016 Dry Riesling, Left Foot Charley
Tasting notes: A balanced dry wine where peach and dried apple play with a spicy acidity.
Pairs well with: Everything from slow cooked pork to your pumpkin pie.
Available in: The tasting room at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, on their website, and in limited distribution while supplies last.
2016 Chardonnay, Peninsula Cellars
Tasting notes: This light body stainless steel chardonnay has fruit forward flavors of crisp apple and pear, with aromas of apple blossoms and honey.
Pairs well with: Herb roasted turkey and sage stuffing
Thanksgiving special: Buy 2 bottles for $25
Available in: The tasting room on Old Mission peninsula
I’ll Choose Rosé All Day
2017 Rosé, Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery
Tasting notes: This Cabernet Franc Rosé is very dry with a rich mouth feel and tart finish. It’s the perfect ying/yang match to your cream-laden holiday dishes.
Pairs well with: Scalloped potatoes.
Thanksgiving special: Ask for the Thanksgiving wine bundle and save 25%. Includes a 2016 Dry Riesling, 2017 Rosé and 2016 Pinot Noir for $64.50 plus tax.
Available in: The tasting room on the Leelanau peninsula and on their website.
Red, Red, Wine
2017 Gamay Noir, Black Star Farms
Tasting notes: This new release is fruit forward with slightly more tannin than a Michigan Pinot Noir. Look for flavors of raspberry, blackberry and plum.
Fun Fact: This is the first time Black Star Farms has produced Gamay Noir in a single vintage.
Pairs well with: Game birds and mushroom gravy.
Available in: The tasting rooms on the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas.
Please, Let There Be Bubbles
2018 Auxerrois Brut, Bel Lago Vineyard & Winery
Tasting Notes: Enjoy pleasant vibrant aromatics of pear and stone fruit with notes of guava, lemon zest and fresh bread. Clean on the palette this wine is refreshing, balanced and delicious.
Pairs well with: Hor d’oeuvres, cheese, dark meat turkey and even the cranberry relish.
Fun Fact: Bel Lago is well know for their Auxerrois varietal wines, but this is the first year they’ve created a sparkling wine from the Auxerrois grape.
Available in: The tasting room on the Leelanau peninsula.
We say the best wine to bring to Thanksgiving dinner is a wine you like to drink – and a wine you’re willing to share! Our northern Michigan wineries have plenty of options that will pair well with your holiday meal. So this year, why not bring a Michigan wine to the table. (They make a great hostess gift too!)
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!