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Bowers Harbor Vineyards

Alaina Dodds
 
November 18, 2019 | Alaina Dodds

Wine Pairings for a Delicious Thanksgiving Feast

The most magical time of the year is nearly here with the holiday season right around the corner, when families and friends gather around the table and enjoy conversation, great food and, of course, plenty of wine. Although this time is wonderful and we look forward to it all year long, it can also be stressful! Families don’t always get along, cooking for a lot of people isn’t easy, juggling work/kids/travel schedules, etc can be difficult. Well, we have one solution to it all...WINE. Always wanting to make your lives easier, we’ve created the perfect Thanksgiving meal for you, with each course expertly paired with our wines and the reasoning behind the wine choices. So, sit back and enjoy the read. 

Appetizers and Cuvee Evan  

We always like to start festivities out with some bubbly. It’s celebratory, pairs so easily and is light and airy before a big meal. I LOVE our 2016 Cuvee Evan, Blanc de Blanc with baked brie, homemade potato chips or even spicy chicken wings! If you want something a bit fruitier, then a great choice would be Brix.  

Main Meal with Rosé, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Block II, and Bowers Harbor Red 

Stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, turkey, cranberry sauce, candied carrots – oh my mouth is watering! Get out your stretchy pants people because we are going to stuff ourselves with deliciousness. I love serving all the wine with the main meal, giving lots of options for everyone. So, I will put out Rose, Pinot Noir which is a chameleon with food pairing because it is neither a white nor red. It’ll provide some fruitiness, some tartness, as well as some earthy notes on the finish. It’s technically a dry wine, but a people-pleaser! I’ll also add Riesling, Block II to the mix, not only because it’s my favorite wine on the planet but because very few wines can manage green vegetables (like green bean casserole or brussels sprouts) as Rieslings can. In addition, the acidity of the wine cleanses the palate between bites of heavier gravy, meat, and stuffing. With turkey, I like to serve a lighter red, which is where Bowers Harbor Red comes in. It offers fruit notes for the cranberry sauce, it’s not heavy since turkey is a lighter meat, and you will get some hints of smoke on the finish from the barrel-aging that works amazingly well with potatoes and stuffing.  

Dessert and Ice Apple Cider 

This pairing is a staple time and time again, pumpkin cheesecake with Ice Apple Cider. Believe me, when I say, it’s MAGIC and you want it on your holiday table this year.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how these pairings turned out. Wishing you all the happiest of holiday seasons! 

Click on the highlighted wine names to go directly to each wine to shop, or click here to shop all wine. 
 

Time Posted: Nov 18, 2019 at 8:29 AM
Alaina Dodds
 
December 27, 2018 | Alaina Dodds

Spirit Cider Cocktails and a New Year's Day Brunch

It is VERY hard to believe but 2019 is right around the corner...no really it is, it’s in 5 days! I’ve been going back and forth about what I want to do for New Year's, how do I want to ring it in? I’ve decided that I want to switch it up this year and cook a New Year's Day brunch for me and my husband. But (here’s another twist), it will be a Spirit Cider-inspired brunch! Everyone goes the sparkling wine route for New Year’s Eve so I thought it would be fun to be bold with Spirit Cider instead. Here’s my menu if any of you want to try this too! 

Cocktails and Confessions 

Blueberry Cider Delight  

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz Tito's Vodka (or your favorite vodka)
  • Blueberry Spirit Cider
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Method

Muddle blueberries, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker tin. 

Add vodka and ice, and shake. 

Strain over fresh ice into a pint glass. 

Top with Blueberry Spirit Cider (fill the rest of your pint glass) and garnish with a lemon twist. 

Spirit Cider Mimosa 

Pay attention here, this one is tricky.... 

Ingredients: 

Method: 

Pour Spirit Cider into a Champagne flute, top with OJ and garnish with orange slice.

Voilà! 

Brunch Bunch 

Days where brunch is involved are the best days – am I right? You can sleep in, maybe get a workout in before (if you’re feeling feisty) and meet your friends for a hearty meal and a carafe (or 10) of mimosas. Then a nice long nap and you have had yourself a nice little Saturday. Sound familiar?  

What is brunch without carbs? It’s not brunch at all in my book! Here I am to introduce you to the carb of all brunch carbs...a Dutch Baby, which is a light and puffy/fluffy pancake that actually pairs amazingly well with our Spirit Cider.

Blueberry Dutch Baby

Serves two  

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 
  • 2 1/2 ounces (72 grams) all-purpose flour, approximately 1/2 cup 
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature 
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • Powdered sugar, for serving 
  • Bluberries, for serving
  • Lemon wedges, for serving 

Method:

Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. 

Put 1 tablespoon of the butter in a 10-inch cast iron pan and heat the pan in the oven for 10 minutes. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and set aside to cool slightly. 

Pulse together the flour, sugar and salt in a blender or food processor. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla extract and melted butter, and blend the batter until smooth and frothy, 30 to 45 seconds. 

Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven and immediately pour the batter into the center. Bake for 20 minutes, do not open the oven while baking. The Dutch baby will puff up in the center and the edges will be dark and crispy. 

Serve warm with a sprinkling of powdered sugar, a handful of blueberries and lemon wedges for squeezing. 

Apple and Cheddar Quiche

Serves six (great leftover!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 large apples (cored and cut into bite sized chunks) 
  • 1 cup Seven Apple Spirit Cider 
  • 4 strips bacon (cut into 1 inch pieces) 
  • 6 sheets phyllo (thawed as directed on package) 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary (chopped) 
  • 1 cup strong cheddar (grated) 
  • 4 eggs (lightly beaten) 
  • 1 cup half and half 

Method:

Simmer the apple slices in the Seven Apple Spirit Cider until they just start to turn tender, about 3-5 minutes, remove and set them aside. 

Simmer the remaining cider to reduce to about 2 tablespoons. 

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a pan and set aside. 

Brush a sheet of phyllo pastry with the olive oil and fit it into the bottom of a greased 9 inch pie dish or springform pan with the ends hanging over the side of the pan and repeat with the remaining sheets placing them on top. 

Toss the apple slices in the reduced cider and spread them out over the bottom of the pan. 

Sprinkle the bacon, rosemary and cheddar cheese on top of the apples. 

Mix the eggs and half and half, pour into the pan and fold the edges of the phyllo dough that is hanging over the sides. 

Bake in a preheated 375F oven until golden brown and set in the center, about 45 minutes (check every few minutes after 35 minutes for desired doneness).

Make ahead hint: I plan to make this on New Year’s Eve and just pop in the oven the next day.  

Enjoy!

I’d pair both of the above dishes with any of our fruity Spirit Ciders – and I AM going to pair them with BOTH of the Spirit Cider cocktails above. Give it a try and let me know what you think! 

I'm wishing the best year yet for all of you, Happy New Year! 

Time Posted: Dec 27, 2018 at 10:06 AM
Alaina Dodds
 
December 12, 2018 | Alaina Dodds

Shipping Promotion and Top 10 Gifting Ideas

She's baaaaaack! We know you're stocking up for all of the holiday parties you have coming up, and we know you need more wine for your own personal stash...so we have ONE MORE chance for you to stock up and save BIG! This will be the last shipping promo we do until February!

Enjoy $5 Shipping for 12+ bottles and $10 shipping for 6-11 bottles of Wine and/or Spirit Cider! 

*If ordering 12 bottles or more, please order in 12 bottle increments, like 12, 24, 36...)
*Offer is valid Monday, 12/10/18 - Monday, 12/17/18 and 11:59 p.m.

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20% off 36+ bottles

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Top 10 Gifting Ideas

 

Cutting Board

How cool is this cutting board with the BHV logo?! It is made out of smooth, light wood and would also be perfect for serving or displaying several cheeses or appetizers at a party! Do you have a chef in your family who would love one of these? 

Box Sign

We have so many cute and sassy box signs that I'm sure you'll be able to find one that speaks to you! I love setting these up around my house as a little reminder not to take life so seriously. Also, since this box sign is talking directly to the dog lovers, I must point out that we have a whole page in our online gift shop dedicated to dog lovers. 

$150 one-time joining fee

Spirit Cider Society Membership

Membership Includes: 

  • Stainless Steel Growler
  • First Growler Fill Free
  • Spirit Cider Hat
  • Spirit Cider Decal Sticker
  • Pint Glass to Take Home
  • First Access to Newly Released Cider
  • 15% Off All Spirit Cider & Spirit Cider Merchandise
  • Free Birthday Pint
  • Special Activities & Events for Cider Club Members

To see all membership perks and to join online, click here

Coffee Mug

This adorable coffee or tea mug also has our BHV logo on the back. It's calling your friend's name (you know, the one who complains about work a lot or the one who has small children?)!

Cork Cage

Who's the crafter in your life? Chances are, she's done a cork project at some point in her crafting career. These cork cages are a cute way for her to save her corks for her next project! I also love to use mine to save the corks of all the super special bottles of wine we drink, as a way to remember them and the great times we had. We have tons of different cork cages, check them all out here

Wine Bottle Tag

Wine bottle tags are the perfect addition to the wine you always bring as a hostess gift. This little memento will make your wine bottle stand out against all of the others and bring a smile to her face. Check out all of the wine bottle tags we have and pick one that reminds you of her, for an extra (and thoughtful!) gift. 

Wine Gift Box

Wine gift boxes are a great way to show your love from afar. They are stuffed with local products, two wines each and are really fun to open! We have three different boxes to choose from, our Red Wine Gift Box which is shown to the left, a Flagship Wine Gift Box and a Dog Lovers Wine Gift Box. You can see them all and their contents here

Wine Sippy Cup

These to-go sippy cups are so popular! I'm gifting one in a white elephant gift exchange because I know my friends will fight over it. They love their wine to-go...not in an illegal way or anything, more in a to-go to the beach, to-go outside, to-go on a hike...kind of way. They are stainless steel with your choice of white (shown here), teal or pink lid! 

Gift Card

Gift cards serve many purposes. They allow the giftee to pick out their own gift, they're perfect for "the person who has everything", they are easy to mail in a card (or simply e-mail), you don't have to wonder whether they will like it or not...and the list goes on and on. We have a plastic gift card (shown here) that you can add to a card or we have an e-gift card that you can send to them via email. Both options are here

Wine

And last but certainly not least...don't forget about wine! Everyone needs it! Especially delicious wine and Spirit Cider from Bowers Harbor Vineyards. We have sparkling, red, white, dessert wine and hard cider sure to satisfy even the toughest of critics. 

Time Posted: Dec 12, 2018 at 9:46 AM
Alaina Dodds
 
November 19, 2018 | Alaina Dodds

Thanksgiving Pairings

Blanc de Blanc:  Bright, fresh notes of green apple and lemon-lime make great dance partners with all those gorgeous bubbles! Pairs well with the salty, nutty, and creamy flavors, such as Baked Sausage & Brie Appetizer.
 
2017 Unwooded Chardonnay: Lean citrus aromas of lime and lemon zest are layered atop notes of green apple and pear. Pairs well with Citrus Roasted Turkey!

2017 Riesling, Medium Dry: The acidity in this wine is great with spice, and the fruitiness would perfectly match the crisp apple component in Sausage and Green Apple Stuffing.

Winston: Lots of intense, plummy, jammy flavors with spicy, peppery notes. Pair with Cranberry–Berry Compote.

2016 Pinot Noir, Wind Whistle: Look for bright cherry and raspberry flavors, balanced by toasted caramel contributed from our high quality French Oak barrels. Pair with Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
 
2017 Gewurztraminer, Late Harvest: Indulgent aromas and candied pear and pineapple segue into mouthwatering notes of honeyed orange and cantaloupe, with a whisper of spice on the finish. Pair with Cherry Pie for a Traverse City twist on a traditional Thanksgiving dessert!

Time Posted: Nov 19, 2018 at 8:31 AM
Alaina Dodds
 
January 31, 2018 | Alaina Dodds

Super Bowl Foods Are For Wine Drinkers, Too

When I say Super Bowl, you think—what? Football? I think… comfort food, cool commercials, hanging out with friends and Justin Timberlake (halftime performance!). The snacks served on Super Bowl Sunday are typically comfort food on steroids. The flavors are spicy, salty, bold and vibrant.

While beer is the natural match for Super Bowl food, don’t discount the wine (I got you, wine lover!). The same qualities that make Super Bowl appetizers good with beer, also make the perfect pairing with fruit-forward, slightly sweet and bubbly wine. And since the food is easygoing, the wines should be, too. No need to break the bank supplying beverages for a crowd if you’re hosting.

Below are some of my favorite Super Bowl foods along with Bowers Harbor Vineyards wines that are guaranteed to make them taste even better.

Spicy Chicken Wings

Pair with 2016 Riesling, Medium Dry. The bright, green apple flavor and perfect acidity is a nice complement to the wings. And there is just enough sweetness to cut through the spiciness and cool the palate. Spicy wings would also be amazing with the 2017 Riesling, Medium Sweet, which we just bottled and will be available to purchase in the next couple of days! 

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Pair with our newly released 2017 Pinot Grigio. This is our #1 selling wine for a reason! We call it a crowd pleaser because it’s bright, tropical, citrus flavors pair well with just about any food (including all of the appetizers in this list). It is also the perfect pairing for this dip! Top Tip: avoid red wines with spinach dip since spinach can coax an unpleasant metallic note out of red win. 

Cheesy Nachos

Golden Delicious apple and pear flavors with the crisp finish of 2017 Unwooded Chardonnay cut through the richness of the ooey, gooey, mouth-watering cheese.

Meaty Chili

50/50 Merlot and Cab Franc blend, the 2016 Claret, Wind Whistle, pairs perfectly with chili. It’s aged in French Oak barrels and the black pepper spice and toast from the barrels is sure to compliment the heartiest of chilis!

Potato Chips

And here is my favorite combo on the list: potato chips and sparkling wine! There is just something so satisfying about pairing an everyday food item, like potato chips, with a glass of sparkling wine, which screams celebration! The bubbles of Blanc de Blanc will cut through the saltiness of the potato chip and be a match made in heaven in your mouth! If you are getting fancy and serving something like truffle potato chips (to DIE for!) then try pairing them with 2014 Cuvee Evan Blanc de Blanc for it's rich and creamy characteristics. 

Bullet Point Summary 
  • Sweetness cools the palate
  • Bubbly cuts through salt
  • Red wine aged in barrels will pair well with chili spices
  • Pinot Grigio goes with just about everything

No matter who you’re rooting for this weekend and even if you’re only watching to see Justin Timberlake at halftime….these food and wine pairings are sure to make for a fun night! Try a few of them and let us know which one is your favorite! 

Time Posted: Jan 31, 2018 at 1:55 PM
Alaina Dodds
 
December 27, 2017 | Alaina Dodds

Set Up the Ultimate Champagne Bar for Your New Year's Eve Celebration

Planning a New Year’s Eve celebration? The New Year can be such an exciting time, full of fresh starts and future plans. It makes sense to ring it in with your closest family and friends. Popping open a bottle of bubbly is a surefire way to get the party started. But keeping the party going is another story, you don’t want to have to pour bottle after bottle throughout the night. Setting up a self-serve champagne bar will not only stretch your bubbly supply with the addition of juices and liquors, it will also leave you free to hang with your guests and actually enjoy your own bash.

So put some bubbly on ice, stock up on aperitifs and fresh juices, and gather up some other garnishes. Here’s how to set up the ultimate bubbly bar:

Stock up on Bowers Harbor Vineyards Sparkling Wine

Skip the high-end vintage Champagne. Opt for a dry, domestic, sparkling wine. One bottle of bubbly is enough for about eight cocktails, so keep your RSVP list in mind when shopping. My personal favorites are:

 

2012 2896 Brut Rosé

  • 100% Pinot Noir and estate-grown
  • Strawberry fruit flavors with hints of white pepper
  • Great with smoked salmon, brie cheese and prosciutto, chocolate and raspberries

Blanc de Blanc

  • Explodes with bubbles
  • Always a crowd favorite
  • Bright green apple flavors
  • Delicious with stuffed mushrooms, buttered popcorn, shortbread cookies

2015 Pinot Secco

  • 100% Pinot Gris
  • Refreshing citrus flavors
  • Great with oysters, bacon-wrapped asparagus, almonds & antipasto
 
Stock Up on Booze

Experimentation is half the fun of a self-service Champagne bar, so make sure to gather up a wide range of liqueurs and spirits. Some of my favorites include:

  • Cognac
  • Gin
  • St-Germain
  • Bourbon
  • Crème de Cassis
 
Gather the Mixers

Dry Champagne works well with most juices, so encourage your guests to mix, match and try something they otherwise wouldn’t order at a bar. I suggest stocking up on the following:

  • Simple syrup
  • Sugar cubes
  • Bitters
  • Peach juice
  • Orange juice
  • Stout beer
  • Lemon juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Grapefruit juice
 
Garnish Your Bubbly Bar

Not only will a variety of garnishes make your bubbly cocktails look beautiful, booze-soaked fruit is always a treat to find at the bottom of your flute. Set up bowls of raspberries, strawberries and cranberries for guests to plop into their bubbly libations. Pre-cut lemon and grapefruit twists are also great flavor enhancers and a lot of fun.

 
Pop Those Bottles!

Now that your bubbly bar is all set up, it’s time to make the cocktails. Fill a large bucket with ice to keep a few opened bottles on hand. Store the extra bottles in the fridge for later use.

Label your booze, mixers and garnishes with note cards, mini chalkboards or simply line a table with butcher paper and write ingredient names directly on the surface. Set out Champagne flutes, jiggers and bar spoons.

While I say go ahead and experiment with new flavors and inventing unique cocktails, here are a few of my favorite classic combinations to get you started.

  • Champagne + orange juice = Mimosa
  • Champagne + crème de cassis = Kir Royale
  • Champagne + bitters + sugar cube + lemon twist = Champagne Cocktail
  • Champagne + peach juice = Bellini
  • Champagne + stout beer = Black Velvet
  • Champagne + gin + lemon juice + simple syrup = French 75 (my absolute FAVE!)

Hope this inspires you to set up your own version of bubbly bar, I know that I have never NOT had a good time at a party where there’s been a self-serve bar...

Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all a safe and fun holiday! Cheers to 2018!

 

Time Posted: Dec 27, 2017 at 8:11 AM
Alaina Dodds
 
December 19, 2017 | Alaina Dodds

Top 10 Gifting Ideas

1. Snowshoe Wine & Brew Tour

This is one of the most fun things to do in the winter. Who doesn’t like snowshoeing through the beautiful vineyards and wine tasting with a group of friends or as a fun day date? This tour starts at Jolly Pumpkin where the Brew Bus will pick you up and drop you off at Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery. From there you will snowshoe a marked trail to Bowers Harbor Vineyards, and then follow the interpretive trail back to Jolly Pumpkin. Enjoy 5 tastes and glass specials at each spot!

2. Spirit Cider Society Membership

Our brand new Spirit Cider Society is here! 

Join in December for only $125!
*Starting January 1st, $150 one-time joining fee

Membership Includes: 

  • Stainless Steel Growler
  • First Growler Fill Free
  • Spirit Cider Hat
  • Spirit Cider Decal Sticker
  • Pint Glass to Take Home
  • First Access to Newly Released Cider
  • 15% Off All Spirit Cider & Spirit Cider Merchandise
  • Free Birthday Pint
  • Special Activities & Events for Cider Club Members
3. Gift Basket

Delight your family and friends with a special gift basket created just for them! We've curated a few of our favorite gifts inside the basket for them to enjoy. A gift basket is a unique wedding, holiday or housewarming gift! We have a few different options available, just click on Gift Basket above to check them out! 

4. New Year's Eve Sparkling Wine 

Our Brut Rosé came out on top in a recent poll as to what people would prefer to get under their tree at Christmas and we think it’s a wonderful gift to give or get all year long. There’s just something about bubbles that screams “Celebrate!”

5. Gift Card

Gift cards are the perfect gift for someone who has everything! They can be used on wine and merchandise both. We have two different gift cards to serve every gifting need.

6. Cork Cage

There are some people who don’t think saving evidence of how many bottles of wine you drink is cool…but we aren’t one of them. We have a wide variety of decorative cork cages that you can use to save the corks from your favorite wines and remember the memories for years to come.

7. Wine Club Membership

Our wine club membership is amazing. It is one of the few wine club memberships that is customizable to your liking! We pick our favorites each quarter but if you’d rather have something different, then we will switch them out! We have three different clubs to choose from and offer a ton of fun in the form of wine club dinners and tasting room perks.

8. Holiday Date Night Wine Dinner

Everyone can use a date night, right? Wow your special someone with a special night, just for the two of you. Click on the link above to view the menu, it is sure to impress!

9. Mix & Match Case of Wine

There are few things I’d rather get as a gift than a case of wine….I mean WHO wouldn’t want that? Our mix & match options gives you the chance to choose your favorites, their favorites, some new ones AND a cider or two. All orders of a case of wine automatically get 15% off!

10. Dog Bandana

Because your pooch deserves it. 


Enjoy!

 

Time Posted: Dec 19, 2017 at 8:05 AM
Alaina Dodds
 
November 22, 2017 | Alaina Dodds

Wine Pairing for Your Thanksgiving Feasts

Bowers Harbor Vineyards top choices for pairing wine with your Thanksgiving feasts

Time Posted: Nov 22, 2017 at 11:41 AM
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
 
December 28, 2015 | Bowers Harbor Vineyards

Celebrate the Holidays with Wines from Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula

The holidays bring a festive atmosphere ready to celebrate with Michigan’s finest wines. The folks at the eight distinctive Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula have put together some suggestions for wine pairings with your favorite holiday dishes to help you celebrate the season!

For a crisp, Granny Smith apple flavor that pairs well with holiday spices and finishes with a tinge of sweetness, go for the 2014 Bowers Harbor Vineyards Riesling Medium Dry. This bright wine bounces off the spices, and cuts through the richness of many holiday dishes, allowing the taste of both of the food and wine to come through. The sweeter finish offers a cool down, proving this Riesling to be the perfect complement to hot dishes.

Read the full article here.

Time Posted: Dec 28, 2015 at 5:30 PM
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