Our camping vacation was in Traverse City, Mich., which in my opinion is the pretty place on Earth. The area is known for it’s cherries, clear waters, resorts and wineries.
While we were up there, I took a winery tour with my brother and his wife and another couple. (Don’t worry, my husband and children were living it up at an air show.)
We got a taste of each winery through their samples and atmosphere. Over the next few days, I’m going to share those with you.
There are so many places to get wine in Traverse City, but it you’re looking for amazing views, views of Lake Michigan and truly a very relaxing journey, visit the Old Mission Peninsula.
The first winery on our stop: 2 Lads.
This winery is way our on the peninsula, but what I mean by way out is something like 12 miles, so that’s not too bad.
This winery was one of my favorites. Not only were the views fantastic, but it was very hip and modern and, well, not pretentious.
They had a great wine tasting package. I don’t remember exactly how much it was, but we had many samples. It was only a few bucks. Plus, if you check in on FourSquare, you get your first sample free.
We started out with the whites. I was a fan of the Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Riesling, but not so much the rose. We moved on to reds, of which I’m not a huge fan of anyway. The Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc were okay, but again, I’m just not a huge red fan.
The one thing about this wine, it’s a twist off.
Yeah, yeah, I know what you are thinking. “Go home with your grocery store wine you cheap jerk.” But, no, this was not “cheap wine.” It was a good $18 per bottle at least. But 2 Lads has a reason why they don’t cork the wine. Apparently the corks, which aren’t made in the United States, do impact the taste of the wine. It seemed so foreign at first, but the “twist-off Pinot Grigio” tastes great, doesn’t give me a head (like cheap, cheap wines) and came from my home state.
From the bar, I purchased a bottle of the Pinot Grigio. The store also offered cook books, pairing books, etc. also on sale. As well as their T-shirts and wine glasses for purchase.
One more note about 2 Lads: amazing customer service. Check out these tweets:
Cool place, cool people and amazing wine. I’m glad that we took the time to drive out to this amazing Michigan winery. You can check them out in Traverse City, or online at the 2 Lads website. Or tweet them! Someone will probably respond.