Ben, our assistant manager continues writing his thoughts for Laurentide’s blog….
If you are like me then you’re relatively new to the world of wine and all that it has to offer. Whether you enjoy a casual glass with dinner or you are new to the wine tasting scene, the amount of information associated with wine can be intimidating. This may be a deterrent for inexperienced wine drinkers to learn more about wine even if they remain curious deep down. This has been my dilemma. It seems the more that I learn about wine, the less I seem to know. This seems counter-intuitive, but however you want to look at it, the reality of wine as a subject is one that is basically infinite. So it would make sense to just accept the fact that it’s an impossible topic to master and to just start with the basics, asking yourself questions like… do you prefer dry or sweet wines? Which varietals taste the best to you? In my opinion that’s what makes Leelanau county a great place to discover your palate. Leelanau has always been a great place for producing world class fruit, cherries, apples, and of course, grapes.
A common trait in the wines produced here is that they all have a very authentic fruitiness to them that allows for a clean impression of the varietal that you are tasting. This allows for novices like myself to confidently say a sentence like, “I am finding I really enjoy a dry white wine like Pinot Gris.” Now when you throw in the beautiful countryside, friendly people, laid back pace, and numerous unique wineries, then you have the ingredients for an ideal wine tasting experience. All of these qualities to Leelanau County make it an exceptional wine tasting experience for first timers.
So my advice to inexperienced wine drinkers is to remain curious and be a sponge for any and all information. The BEST advice I’ve ever heard in this industry so far is along the lines of, “you like what you like and don’t let other people tell you that you are wrong for liking a certain wine.” A simple but very important philosophy to remember when you are wine tasting. Hopefully we will see a few new faces here at Laurentide so we can serve you world class wine and provide a sliver of what Leelanau has to offer.
Thank you to :http://www.andersonaerialphotography.com/galleries/plog-content/images/counties/leelanau/north-lake-leelanau-pano-n-s-psd-copy-copy.jpg for the aerial image.