Northern Michigan Food and Wine: Blustone Vineyards Wins Double Gold

Northern Michigan Event: November marks yet another milestone for Leelanau Peninsula’sBlustone Vineyards; the 40-acre family-owned vineyard opened their highly anticipatedtasting room this month to showcase wines already achieving top honors in internationalcompetition.

"We're very excited to be introducing Blustone to so many new friends and areencouraged by their response to our new tasting room and to our wines,” commentedowner Tom Knighton. The wood, steel, stone, and glass structure sits atop a hilloverlooking the vineyard with panoramic views of the Leelanau landscape.

Knighton said more than 800 people visited Blustone’s tasting room on its openingweekend as part of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association’s “Toast the Season”event.

Tom and Joan Knighton purchased the vineyard in 2010 and with help from theirseasoned vineyard management and winemaking team achieved success with their veryfirst vintage of unoaked 2010 Chardonnay. The wine won a Gold medal at the PacificRim Wine Competition and Double Gold at the Taster’s Guild International WineCompetition.

Before the Knightons purchased the vineyard, it was supplying grapes to variouswineries in the area. Today, the Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer,and Pinot Blanc, along with 10 acres of cherries supply Blustone with a palatablecombination of flavors to charm any wine-lover’s palate.

Two years in the making, Knighton said getting to this point has been a team effort,“I couldn’t be prouder of the entire Blustone team —those who care for our vineyard,who make our wine and serve our guests in the tasting room. They’ve helped make Blustone a reality.”

One Blustone guest posted their reactions to the new tasting room on the winery’sFacebook page, “Gorgeous tasting room, fabulous staff, and great wines—a fantastic visittoday!”

Visit Blustone’s new tasting room located at the vineyard on north Sylt Road in LakeLeelanau to savor any of their award winning wines. The tasting room is openThursday through Saturday, 12- 5pm throughout the winter. Visitors can taste fivewines for five dollars.

Blustone’s recent accomplishments

2010 Chardonnay – Double Gold at Tasters Guild International Wine Competition

2010 Pinot Noir – Silver at Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2010 Winemakers Red – Silver at Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2011 Pinot Grigio – Gold at Finger Lakes International Competition

2011 Pinot Noir Rose – Gold at Tasters Guild International Wine Competition

2011 Riesling (dry) – Double Gold at Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition.

2011 Late Harvest Riesling – Gold at Tasters Guild International Wine Competition

2011 Gewurztraminer – Silver at Tasters Guild International Wine Competition

To request more information on Blustone Vineyards and their upcoming events, contact the family by email at [email protected] or by phone at (231) 256-0146.