Thursday, April 9, 2015

Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail Sets Michigan Wine Celebration April 11-12

Rachel KramerJoin the Michigan Wine Celebration with the wineries of the SE Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail during this special event April 11 and 12. Each winery along the trail will feature an appetizer or dessert prepared by a local chef and paired with their featured wine. The price also includes one tasting glass.

Tickets for this self-driven tour with eight delicious food and wine pairings are $30 per person. Each ticket purchase includes tasting up to six additional wine samples at each winery. Designated drivers eat for free. Discounts for groups of 25 or more are available by calling (517)-423-9000.

There are no physical tickets mailed for this event. Once purchased, your name is added to a registration list that will be at each winery. Simply bring your ID and enjoy

The Pioneer Wine Trail is supporting Michigan viticulture and oenology research by donating $1 of each ticket sold for this event to the Michigan Wine Foundation, a foundation that supports wine and grape growing research throughout Michigan. Through continued research and development of Michigan's grape and wine industry, award winning wines from Michigan grown grapes are becoming world renowned for their quality and remarkable taste.

If you would like to donate to support Michigan viticulture and oenology research please click here.


Planned food and wine pairings:

Burgdorf’s Winery: Chicken thighs marinated in a red curry sauce served over pecan wild rice by Chef Tom, Golden Rose with 2013 Naked Chardonnay or 2012 Cayuga.

Chateau Aeronautique Winery: Lobster bisque, Catering by Meredith with 2013 Naked Chardonnay or 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cherry Creek - Old Schoolhouse Winery: Braised chicken wings with Riesling.

Flying Otter Winery: Muffaletta stuffed baguette with herb aioli with Chancellor.

J. Trees Cellars: Minted Pea & Prosciutto Crostini with House Sangria.

Lone Oak Vineyard Estate: Thai Chicken Satay with Vintner's Suite Riesling.

Pentamere Winery: Shish Tawook (shish kebab with chicken) and hummus with Celebration White.

Sandhill Crane Vineyards: Strawberry & pecan salad with spinach & feta by Sandhill café with Blushing Crane.

Ticket holders are welcome to visit each location over the two-day event, or they may choose to limit their visits (as time permits). The Wine Trail encourages ticket holders to bring a designated driver. Hours of the event are Saturday, April 11, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday, April 12, from noon to 6:00 PM. There are a limited number of tickets available, ticket sales will end on Wednesday, April 8 at midnight (or when sold out), and tickets will not be available the day of the event.

For more information call (517) 592-4663 or (517) 531-3080. If no answer, please call 517-655-2883 or 517-764-0679.

Photo by Rachel Kramer

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