Requisite holiday cheer can be joyfully found in liquid form at our community of independent local wine shops in Northern Michigan. In addition to offering the fruits of the vine from the Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas, these destination merchants universally showcase value and variety from all corners of the grape-growing globe to give as gifts or to accent your holiday table. Join us this month as we rummage the shop shelves in search of perfect bottles for your gatherings.
Burritt’s Fresh Market 509 West Front Street, Traverse City 231.946.3300
A universe of great wines spills out of wooden crates and huddles on towering displays beside gleaming cases of marbled rib-eyes and aged cheeses. Burritt’s is stocked with New World trophies—lots of boutique West Coast wines—great local bottlings and daily drinkers of every description.
Folgarelli’s 424 West Front Street, Traverse City 231.941.7651
Case stacks of Chianti and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo are right at home beside olive barrels, aging salumi and fresh-cut pasta at this Old World TC landmark. Cognoscenti will delight in great Brunellos and Amarones.
The Blue Goat 875 East Front Street, Traverse City 231.941.9463
With undisputed bragging rights to the largest selection of local wines, the Blue Goat offers access to the entire wine world with thousands of bottlings from both north and south hemispheres.
Bon Vin 539 East Eighth Street, Traverse City 231.421.8577
TC’s newest shop, owned by longtime Ann Arbor wine merchant Ric Cerrini, is an intimate oeno-oasis with custom wooden racks stocked to satisfy novice drinkers and hardcore wine geeks. Expand your wine horizons with Ric’s picks from Southern France and Northern Italy.
Elk Rapids Wine Shop 100 River Street, Elk Rapids 231.264.9000
Wine industry veteran Rob Crandell and his wife, Mary, are the proud new owners of this beloved bottle shop with a fluid offering of international values in every price point. Check out the spread of southern Italians.
Esperance 12853 U.S. 31 North, Charlevoix 231.237.9300
Esperance’s massive temperature-controlled cellar is stocked with rare Burgundies, grower Champagnes and delicious work-a-day wines meticulously selected by sommelier and proprietor Pram Acharya.
Boyne Country Provisions 127 Water Street, Boyne City 231.582.2151
High, hammered ceilings and exposed brick play a charming backdrop to hundreds of boutique offerings from Northern California to Southern France in this classy Boyne City cellar. Check out owner Ed Brehm’s Wine of the Week.
Symons General Store 401 East Lake Street, Petoskey 231.347.2438
Culty California collector wines, modern Spanish drinkers and a smattering of classified growth Bordeaux make this subterranean wine nook a must-see for anyone rolling through Petoskey.
Toski Sands Market 2292 M-119, Petoskey 231.347.1571
Specializing in high-profile vino sold at super competitive prices, Toski Sands moves boxes in and out by the truckload. Cabernet fans rejoice!