Traverse City Wine & Art Festival Tasting Notes and Pairings

Gills Pier 2010 Cabernet Franc

(27%) / Merlot (73%) Leelanau Peninsula. Appearance = Translucent dark amethyst. Nose = Ripe seeded blackberries, bay leaf, and olive. Flavors of vibrant spearmint black raspberry, bracing acidity, fine tannins, with a long, bright, blueberry finish. This wine calls for animal protein: rare prime beef canapé with aioli, or marinated flank steak fajita with tri-colored peppers.

Good Harbor 2011 Gruner Veltliner

Leelanau Peninsula. Appearance = Pale, almost clear, greenish tinged. Unintegrated, high toned nose with hints of ginger melon. Palate =Austere, high acid, tart green melon and Granny Smith peel. Four square, nervy, and very palate cleansing. Will develop with time in the bottle. Serve well chilled. Perfect for rich French onion soup with a generous topping of melted Gruyère. Also fatty pork elements (not bacon) like crusty pork roast or fried pork chops. Don’t spare the grease. 

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