We LOVE Traverse City's Restaurant Week and we are beyond excited to have our wines make some appearances at our favorite restaurants. First Up is Aerie Restaurant, which is located inside the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa!
fresh sunchokes, Shetler’s dairy cream, brown butter crumb, crispy pancetta, sunchoke chips, fresh herbs
lump blue crab, capers, bell pepper, shallot, and red onion served in an avocado shell, watercress, wasabi lime aioli, toasted sesame, cilantro
sweet potato, bell pepper, acorn squash, white onion, broccoli, served with house made ponzu sauce, toasted nori, yuzu citrus
confit pork belly, roasted butternut squash, crispy brussels leaves, candied pecan, roasted squash puree, wild flower honey
house made potato gnocchi, bacon tomato jam, creamed spinach, charred carrot, roasted carrot puree
chargrilled center cut filet, grilled asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, balsamic cipollini onion, boursin celeriac potato, natural jus
potato crusted Alaskan halibut, grilled oyster mushrooms, roasted romanesco, black truffle, caviar beurre blanc
creamy raspberry cheesecake with raspberry glaze, almond crust crumble, raspberry dust
chocolate cake layered with peanut butter mousse, glazed with chocolate ganache
Flavors of apple, pear and citrus followed by a crisp, clean finish.
50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot
Flavors of black cherries and red raspberries. Aged in French Oak barrels, enhancing the natural spices of cinnamon and black pepper, creating balance and complexity
Port-Style Cordial perfect for sipping after dinner. Rich cherry flavors with a sweet satisfying finish.
Mission Point Lighthouse Friends and Bowers Harbor Vineyards announce the release of their specially labeled 2018 Lighthouse Wine. Produced with Bowers Harbor Vineyards’ light and refreshing Pinot Grigio, a portion of the sales are dedicated to the preservation of the peninsula’s beautiful lighthouse.
For the third year, Mission Point Lighthouse Friends invited artists to submit their work to be featured on the specially labeled Pinot Grigio. Each April, the public is invited to Bowers Harbor Vineyards’ Tasting Room to help select the winning artwork. This year’s winner was Ruth Kitchen, whose beautiful watercolor is featured on these lovely bottles of wine.
To date, Bowers Harbor Vineyards has counted it a privilege to be able to donate over $4,300 to this beloved local landmark. The Lighthouse Pinot Grigio is available at Mission Point Lighthouse and at Bowers Harbor Vineyards; this wine is also available to ship. To view more of Ruth Kitchen’s work, go to her website. Click here to purchase the Lighthouse Label Pinot Grigio.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
The 2nd wine label art competition has started! Are you an artist? Enter your label design for the Mission Point Lighthouse wine only available at Bowers Harbor Vineyards. Click HERE for the application and instructions. Don't delay! Deadline is March 10th!
Our 2nd wine label art contest/fundraiser design winner reception party will be Friday, March 31st 2017 at Bowers Harbor Vineyards! Come out and be an art label judge! This is a fantastic fundraiser for the Mission Point Lighthouse. Lots of fun and raffle prizes too.
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Anyone that has been to Bowers Harbor Vineyards probably noticed a little doggy influence at the winery. Otis, a Labrador Retriever, Cooper and Brix, both Bernese Mountain Dogs have been a part of the vineyard and now have wines named after them.
On Sunday, November 6th, Bowers Harbor Vineyards hosted Bow-Wow-ers Harbor Vineyards Dogs and Wine event benefiting the Cherryland Humane Society, a local non-profit, no-kill shelter in Traverse City where all animals are vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered. “Our connection with our furry friends lead to this event,” states Kristy McClellan, Director of Operations for Bowers Harbor Vineyards. “We teamed up with the Cherryland Humane Society to raise money, gather volunteers and even adopt some dogs, all while enjoying a fantastic glass of wine.”
The event raised over $1,500 directly for the Cherryland Humane Society plus gave 4 dogs and 2 cats new loving homes. “On behalf of the Cherryland Humane Society, I would like to thank the owners and staff of Bowers Harbor Vineyards for making this event possible,” states Heidi Yates, Executive Director at the Cherryland Humane Society. “We are truly grateful for such wonderful support.”
The day was topped off with a visit from local celebrity, K-9 Piper, wildlife control at Cherry Capital Airport, when he generously “manned” the doggy kissing booth. “Piper was the star of the event,” says Kristy, ‘everyone was lining up for a smooch from the Airport K-9.”
Those who couldn't make the event are invited to go to www.cherrylandhumane.org/donate to contribute.
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