Hello everyone, and my apologies for the long hiatus. I’ve moved to the Ann Arbor, Michigan area and am finally able to do some serious wine-tasting. I’m currently on my second trip to the Traverse City area, in the northwest corner of Michigan’s lower peninsula, and have a lot of tasting notes to transcribe.
I plan on doing 2 more ebooks about Michigan wine. One of them will concentrate on Traverse City, since it’s the best-known wine region in the state, and is significant tourism destination. The other will cover the rest of Michigan, including the lake shore between Grand Rapids and Indiana, as well as the wineries scattered around central and southeast Michigan. Yoopers, I promise I’ll try to visit there sometime in the next few years!
Here’s a list of the places I’ve tasted at in the last month or so:
- Cherry Creek
- Chateau Aeronautique
- Lone Oak
- Seven Lakes
Traverse City area:
- Black Star
- Brengman Brothers
- Peninsula Cellars
- Chateau Grand Traverse
- Bower’s Harbor
- Chateau de Leelanau
- Shady Lane
- 2 Lads
Keep your eyes open for additional news and travel advice to Traverse City, plus random tasting notes from all over.
Although I generally blog about wine, it’s not the only thing in my house that comes in a bottle. With the huge explosion of craft brewing and home brewing in the US in the last 15 years, dedicated beer drinkers are just as discerning and analytical about their tipple as wine drinkers.
If you’re a beer drinker who wants to branch out and appreciate wine, I’m working on the ebook for you. Think of it like those pocket language guides for travelers. I’ll start with a little introduction on the taste, body, and aroma properties of wine that beer-drinkers may not be aware of. Then I’ll present a lot of translations – if you like stout, then consider Zinfandel and Petite Sirah; if you drink a lot of weissebeer in the summer, look into Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Blanc. And so forth.
But those translations won’t be bald lists – you’ll actually learn why those beverages have similarities, down to the organic chemistry level. Just like with languages, where learning Spanish helps to sharpen up your English grammar, the side-by-side comparison of beer and wine will get you thinking deeper thoughts on your brews. I’ll wrap up with a beginners guide to sampling and serving wine, from a beer-drinker’s perspective.
I’m just now in the outlining process, so look for this to hit the Amazon Kindle store at some point in the late spring.
I’m cracking away on my fourth Wine Me Up! ebook – Shopping at Trader Joe’s.
It should be out right around Christmas – the perfect thing to give as a gift to a frugal wine-lover or a new Kindle owner.
Look for an announcement here, or check the Amazon Kindle store!
Here’s what I’m working on – I hope to have two of these out in July
How to Shop
Ordering Wine in Restaurants
Kir made with pomegranate liqueur and Gruner Veltliner
That lovely little glass is a Kir – one of the classic wine cocktails that you can read about in my new ebook. Wine Me Up! Sangria, Mimosas, Bellinis, and Other Wine Cocktails is now available on the Kindle store for only $0.99 – grab your copy today!
Since Spring has finally hit, I’m going to put out a quick ebook of recipes for wine cocktails. You’ll learn why you should never soak citrus fruit in your Sangria pitcher. the difference between a Mimosa and a Bucks Fizz, and how to make a Kir Royale. Stay tuned!
Wine Me Up! The Hundred-Bottle Cellar is now available in the Kindle Store for $2.99!
This has everything you need to know to start a wine cellar: what and how much to buy, how long to store, how to serve, and what to pair with.
Look for more titles in the weeks ahead.