Art Along the Trail, a unique self-guided wine tour on Michigan’s Pioneer Wine Trail, is scheduled April 9 and 10. Eight Michigan wineries will be feature a new release wine along with a focus on art with painters, musicians and artwork to entertain. Ticket prices are $35 and are expected to sell quickly.
The Pioneer Wine Trail is conveniently located about 45 minutes from Toledo or Ann Arbor. The official hours for this event are 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and 12:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday. The tickets are $35 each and can be purchased online here.
Guests provide their own transportation and choose their itinerary, visiting the wineries in any order. Pick up a souvenir glass at your first winery and enjoy food and wine pairings at all the wineries along the trail.
Here’s the information on participating wineries:
Burgdorf's Winery will be serving Creole Shrimp Bruschetta paired with Burgdorf's 2013 Syrah or for those with sweeter palates - Burgdorf's 2014 Semi-Sweet Spartan Red. Local art will be on display throughout the production area as well as the tasting room.
Chateau Aeronautique Winery will be serving Mediterranean Turkey-Cumin-Pineapple Meatballs with Spring Flowers paired with Cabernet Franc & Semi-Sweet Pinot Gris. Melissa Morse is hand painting a 31' x 8' vineyard mural on the tasting room addition west wall.
Cherry Creek Cellars will be serving Cider Braised Wings paired with your choice of Hard Cider or Traminette. Saturdays featured artist will be Chip Mezzo, Sunday is Kevin Krieger on the saxophone.
Flying Otter Winery will be serving a Frontenac Italian Beef sandwich with blue cheese dressing and spring greens on a toasted baguette paired with 2013 Frontenac. Sculptor Steve Million will amaze you with his works of art.
J. Trees Cellars will be serving Roasted Asparagus Gruyere Cheese Paninis paired with their 2016 House White made from Vignole & Aromella. Artist Greg Perez will be doing various letterpress prints of his original work.
Pentamere Winery will be serving Italian Sausage Ravioli with Cabernet Marinara Sauce paired with Cabernet Sauvignon. Saturday, Sharon Miller of Something Different will be making various wine bottle stoppers and Sunday, Michelle Cherne will be Tole painting.
Sandhill Crane Vineyards will be serving Crostini - toasted Zingerman's baguette slices topped with brie and homemade Mystic blueberry chutney paired with Mystic ( semi-sweet blueberry/Chancellor blend). Saturday musicians Jason Cross 12 to 12:30 and Chey Halliwell 2:30 - 5:00. Sunday - Paul Schmidt on the piano. Also, art by the Sandhill Crane staff.
Sleeping Bear Winery (located inside Grand River Brewery) will be serving Smoked Local Trout Dip with Capers, Onions, Jalepenos and Club Crackers paired with Sleeping Bear Riesling. There will be an art show in the Private Event room.Photo Credit: cmu chem prof via Compfight cc