TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN: In celebration of Michigan Wine Month, vino lovers are invited to enjoy Traverse City Uncorked throughout the entire month of May. The festivities include complimentary wine tastings, discounted lodging packages, winery events and sipping souvenirs for participants.
Traverse City Uncorked is a month-long promotion of the premier grape-growing region in Northwest Michigan. The region’s two peninsulas, Leelanau and Old Mission, are both designated as American Viticultural Areas (AVA) with diverse microclimates uniquely suited for a variety of wine grapes. Together, the 35 wineries throughout the peninsulas make up Traverse Wine Coast. Among their internationally acclaimed varietals are Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.
Traverse City Tourism, the region’s official Destination Marketing Organization, partners with Traverse Wine Coast for 31 days of celebration. Trevor Tkach, President and CEO of Traverse City Tourism, says the wineries are key in making Traverse City a pretty great place. “We have a fantastic wine region that stands out among other regions across the country, not only for the high-quality wines we are producing here but also for everything else that goes with it --- a beautiful region, one of the top foodie towns and our outdoor recreation.”
Participants of Traverse City Uncorked will also enjoy the regional marks of spring, namely the millions of cherry blossoms that make Traverse City the Cherry Capital of the World (you can celebrate the 2018 National Cherry Festival June 30 – July 7). Culinary enthusiasts and foragers will enjoy May’s wild morels and leeks, plus the downtown restaurants that daily harvest and transform their seasonal finds.
Special events throughout Traverse City Uncorked include Spring Sip & Savor on Leelanau Peninsula (May 5-6) as well as Blossom Day on Old Mission Peninsula (May 19), both offering food and wine tastings at the wineries. Small Plates, a progressive dinner with Leelanau winemakers, takes place along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail (May 31), while Sips n’ Giggles offers a live comedy show pairing (May 19). For a complete list of Traverse City Uncorked events and lodging packages, pour a glass and visit traversecityuncorked.com. Clink!