Northern Michigan Wine: Trace Northern Michigan’s wine-tasting trail and then follow on with dinner nearby. Suggestions here for the finishing touch to a fine Northern Michigan fall day.
5705 South Lake Street, Glen Arbor 231.334.2530
Sip your way through the Sleeping Bear Loop of wineries and end on fried green tomato with tomato-rosemary cream, seared lake trout with lardons and summer fruit mostarda or expertly cured duck confit with roasted garlic sauce; all with a full view of Lake Michigan.
102 River Street, Leland, 231.256.9081
Perched on the banks of Leland’s river, an idyllic axis for the Northern Loop wineries, The Bluebird offers old-school resort dining. Feast on Great Lakes fish, roast duck glazed with local maple syrup and slow-roasted prime rib paired with an extensive list of local vinos and Old World trophies.
Bella Fortuna North
104 West Main Street, Lake Leelanau, 231.994.2400
Plan a mid-day tasting room intermezzo with a game of bocce, a glass of prosecco and a wood-oven flatbread or spit-roasted chicken and prosciutto panino at this elegant Florentine trattoria in Lake Leelanau.
108 Waukazoo Street, Northport, 231.386.5511
Sometimes a long day of sniff/swirl/spit is best balanced by guzzling cold pints of Michigan craft brew and gnawing house-smoked ribs or brisket sandwiches in The Garage, Northport’s rock-and-roll open air eatery.
13512 Peninsula Drive, Traverse City, 231.223.4222
Unwind after your Old Mission oeno-trek with Adobo-braised pork cheeks and artisan grits, seared duck breast with rhubarb marmalade or salt-roasted beets with fromage blanc and pickled radishes. Drink up bottle-conditioned Belgian style sour ales or a hopped gin martini from Jolly Pumpkin’s on-site brewery and craft distillery.