There is no better way to unwine(d) on a Sunday afternoon, than with a little boodling! I chose to begin my wine tasting journey by sampling a bit of wine from the Petoskey wine region. This region is bit lesser known, but is quickly gaining recognition.
I chose Boyne Valley Vineyards as my first review, simply because of the eye catching structure that was recently constructed along US 131 North. This noteworthy building is not actually the wine tasting room, but it's certainly gets ones attention!
Boyne Valley Vineyards is one of the newer vineyards here in the Petoskey wine region, but will quickly become a favorite. The owners, Christi and Tom Mahaney, bought their first 14 acres between East Jordan and Boyne city in 2015, as a bit of "tractor therapy." Their original 100 vines did so well, they expanded their operation to the current location, and opened a tasting room in 2019.They now have over 3000 vines.
This hidden gem is located between Petoskey and Walloon Lake on US 131N, and features a bucolic setting of rolling hills, lush vines, sunshine and fresh air. The charming, rustic tasting room is nestled at the back of the vineyard on a grassy green, surround by mature trees. There is plenty of outdoor seating on this spacious patio, as well as cozy seating inside the airy, and well appointed tasting room. Check out their FB page, they feature live music through out the week!
I was specifically interested in tasting a wine made from the Marquette grape on this particular day! I was not disappointed! Read my next blog post for more information on this awesome new grape!
I generally prefer dry wines; I enjoy my whites in the summer, and my reds in the winter. On this particular day I chose to taste a flight of dry wines. The pours were generous, and the wines excellent. I must say, one particular lovely white stood out the most, the Boyne Blanc; this bright and flavorful white wine, took me by surprise. A perfect summer white! I highly recommend it. My second favorite was the Boodlin' white, a bit drier, but still light enough to be refreshing! The name of this white, is a bit of a nod to the Beaver Island tradition!
Next time you are in the Petoskey area, stop by for a tasting and let us know what you think!
Have you sampled any Michigan wines recently? Do tell!