This year, over 10,000 voters endorsed their favorite Northern Michigan wine bars and Northern Michigan sommeliers in Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine’s Red Hot Best contest. For the casual sipper and enthusiast alike, this blossoming oenophilia means innovation right here in our Northern Michigan vineyards as well as exciting new vino pouring in from all corners of the globe. Here are a few top winners of the 2013 Red Hot Best:
Cru Cellars 411 South Main Street, Frankfort 231.399.0200
This new satellite of the acclaimed Tampa wine bar and bottle shop is hiply curated with modern small grower glass selections from all corners of the wine-producing world paired with creative small plates.
Sit at the bar and sip on a glass of pinot blanc from the Dolomites or gaglioppo from sunny Calabria while feasting on fresh oysters and arty antipasti like grilled octopus or Burratta Pugliese.
Left Foot Charley 06 Red Drive #100, Traverse City 231.995.0500
This Red Hot Best Wine Bar showcases Brian Ulbrich’s mad winemaking skills with single vineyard pinot gris, rieslings and blaufrankisch sourced from some of the best sites on the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. Wine and cider on tap matched with casual snacks.
Troll Michigan’s best selection of small grower Burgundies in the massive temp-controlled cellar, or order a glass of local bubbly off the chalkboard and head to the garden to blissfully nosh al fresco on aged cheese and artisan salumi.
Order a garnet carafe of spicy Spanish crianza and housemade terrine or an ice-cold bottle of dry rosé with Santé’s signature moules frites while you watch Lake Charlevoix lap at the shore.