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Thursday, 02 December 2010


retro sweets

very nice pics! the places look beautiful. it's like they were taken out of a postcard. so idyllic especially the apple orchard. :)

Boots in the Oven

Thank you! It's a really pretty part of the country.

Kris Sterkenburg

Next time you are on the Old Mission Peninsula - Go back to Chateau Grand Traverse and try their wines before you walk out and shun them because their tasting room was busy. Their tasting room was busy because they have 20+ wines and they have awards on local, national and international levels. I own a winery in the area and I would hate to be judged by the length of the lines at my bar than for the wines.

Boots in the Oven

To be fair, the lines were the least of my concerns with the place.

The reason that they were packed was because of the disgorgement of several large tour busses packed with name tag sporting, corporate foot-shuffling masses. Not because they had attracted a savvy and interested fan base of oenophiles. (I suspect the bus phenomenon may have to do with the easy highway access.)

The tasting room was packed with so many scented candles that I'm not sure I would have been able to taste the wine over the cinnamon-vanilla-jasmine. Also in my experience, a small winery should probably be focussing on a small number of wines. The 20+ figure does send off some bells in my quality-concern-o-meter.

These are all matters of personal bias, I admit. And I never actually tried the products so I don't mean to be too hard on them. Overall, I suppose they just didn't strike me as my style but I am glad to see any American winery prospering. If I come across their wines in the future I'll be sure to give them a taste.

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