The man behind the lens... Don Braymer 94, WWII veteran, professional photographer and industry movie producer, shares his incredible black and white auto photo collection in a special showing at the Laurentide tasting room. Come meet and talk about cars, history and the meaning of life with Don, Sunday August 9, 1-4 pm. High quality signed photo reproductions of his personal collection will be available for sale and orders for many others can be taken.
If you are a car aficionado or enjoy stunning black and white art, don’t miss this afternoon’s once in a lifetime reception.
Ben continues his posts for Laurentide, waxing poetic on Chardonnay….
The Chardonnay grape is one of the most recognizable varietals on the planet and a staple in the world of wine. It is commonly the stereotypical white wine used in pop culture and easily one of the most famous varietal of wines. Chardonnay, however is a very polarizing grape. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard people say they either love Chardonnay or dislike Chardonnay. Those who drink Chardonnay are then further divided into two different camps, those who prefer it Oaked or those who prefer it Un-Oaked. Oaked meaning that the Chardonnay was aged in Oak barrels at some stage of the production. Un-Oaked is the style of making Chardonnay without the oak barrels and using stainless steel. These varying styles produce two drastically different tasting wines from the same Chardonnay grapes. The Oaked Chardonnay is often a deeper shade of yellow in its appearance, and a distinct buttery flavor. Obviously this varies with which type of wood is used in the barrel but for the most part the taste of an Oaked Chardonnay is clear when tasting. Un-Oaked Chardonnay is often lighter in its appearance, and has a fruity aspect to it that is often covered up in Oaked Chardonnays by the oak tannins.
Here at Laurentide we have just released our 2013 vintage of Un-Oaked Chardonnay. In my opinion it is the ideal representation of the Un-Oaked Chardonnay. It’s an 100% estate wine, that starts off with a lot of fruit and is deceptively smooth for a dry wine. When I first tried it I was blown away with how delicious it tasted. So when I proclaim that Laurentide’s un-Oaked Chardonnay is the gold standard for un-Oaked Chardonnay, I would be wrong. According to the judges at the International Eastern Wine Competition, it was awarded two awards; best of class for its price range and a double gold. This was a competition with blind tasting so no bias influenced the judges decisions. It was the result of pure Leelanau fruit, world-class winemaking, and a lot of hard work from various people who made it possible. In celebration of winning Best of Class and a Double Gold, we are holding a special sale this month for the 2013 Chardonnay. The special is three bottles for $45 which is a great value for what in my opinion, is the ideal example of an un-Oaked Chardonnay. We hope to see you in the tasting room to try it along with our other estate wines!
TO MARKET TO MARKET, THE ANN ARBOR WESTSIDE FARMERS MARKET THAT IS, WITH 3 WINES ROTATING WEEKLY.
JUNE 11, 2015 OFFERINGS:
SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013, DRY AND GOLD WINNER
CHARDONNAY 2013, UNOAKED AND BEST OF CLASS WINNER
EMERGENCE WHITE 2013, SEMI DRY AND GOLD WINNER
A FABULOUS TRIO OF LOVELY WINNERS FOR YOU TO SAMPLE AND SAVOR. READY FOR THURSDAY’S DINNER AS WE BRING THEM CHILLED FOR YOU! DESIRE ANOTHER OF OUR ESTATE WINES? JUST REQUEST YOUR FAVORITES AND WILL TUCK THEM INTO THE COOLER FOR YOU TO PICK UP NEXT TIME…
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.
Ben, our resident Cherry wine expert and assistant manager writes for Laurentide’s blog….
Obviously, enjoy a glass of it like you would any other wine!
Create a world class sangria with it, the possibilities of different fresh fruit combinations are endless!
Marinate meat with it! Chicken, duck, steak, pork, and my personal favorite… RIBS!
Make a wonderful spritzer! Mix with club soda, tonic water, sprite, basically anything that you think sounds good I would encourage you to try, you really never know.
Fortify it with some fine Brandy or another hard liquor of your choice.
Cook with it! Use as a main ingredient for a reduction. It has a great cherry flavor that is extremely versatile in the kitchen.
Pair it with chocolate! Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or take our recommendation and enjoy it with some authentic Mindo chocolate that is sold right here in the tasting room!
Serve as a dessert wine. Perfect ending to any meal.
Bake with it! It is an outstanding ingredient for brownies that need a hint of cherry flavor or perhaps it could be the star of your, “drunk cupcakes.”
You can throw it In a cooking pot and add some spices to create a delicious mulled wine. Ideal for those cozy fall/winter evenings.
Compare with other cherry wines! Fruit wines are all unique in their own way and it is always fun to see how they differ from one another.
Give it as a gift! A fun gift idea, especially when presented with all of these various uses, can go a long way for the right person.
Use as a staple ingredient when making salad dressing, mixes flawlessly into most vinaigrettes.
Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze it. That way your cherry wine can become instantly chilled without diluting it. You could also throw it in as extra flavor enhancer into the spritzers/sangria’s mentioned earlier.
The fifteenth idea isn’t a singular idea but rather a hodgepodge of all the ideas that didn’t quite make the list on their own but were honorable mentions. Cherry wine has health benefits; either pour into your next bath where it supposedly softens and regenerates your skin or just drink it to get some fruit into your diet. You can use it to wash off other fruits because the alcohol will kill the bacteria that is present. Add it to a smoothie or daiquiri. Add it to cranberry or BBQ sauce. And last but not least.. Stain something red!
Bill and I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Joe Linstroth of The Next Idea to hash out the framework for our essay and interview regarding the status of the the Michigan Wine Industry reputation state and nation wide. We worked with Cynthia Canty of Stateside who was the nicest interviewer we have ever been in the presence of! Sincere thanks to both of you….
Here is the essay and link to the interview. We are so grateful for this ability to speak for the industry and hope that only good things evolve from these ideas.