All over Northern Michigan ranging from Traverse City to Leelanau County to Harbor Springs, Northern Michigan wine has become a staple in many households. Whether you enjoy pairing your vino with food (cheese please!) or just sipping on a glass of red after a day of work, we have some Northern Michigan wine tips and pairings to make the next glass your best one yet.

How to Taste Wine

There’s a method to the madness of tasting wine. Let Chateau Chantal’s Mark Johnson shed some light on what your tongue should be tasting with this MyNorth Media video:

Find more videos with Mark Johnson and his cohorts from Chateau Chantal.


Perhaps one of the most classic, yet delicious traditions in the world of pairing is cheese and wine. This combination seems simple but if you pair a winning match your tastebuds are clear victors. As you might discover you can’t go wrong with a late harvest riesling and some raclette!

Petoskey Cheese owner Katie Potts walks us through how to make a cheese plate in this MyNorth Media video:


Dinnertime holds a lot of pairing potential. Whole meals can be planned around a wine. But first you have to decide on what you want to work around. The wine or the main dish? Are you in the mood for some seafood? Red meat? Something a bit more rustic? Don’t worry there’s a wine waiting to complement your chosen dish.

This recipe for fall-off-the-bone short ribs by Patrick Brys of Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery in Traverse City is chock-full of flavor. Get the recipe and find out what to pair it with in this MyNorth Media video:

Picnic Pairings

Spread out the blanket, enjoy some Northern Michigan natural beauty and get out the corkscrew:


Because dessert is usually pretty sweet, the general rule of thumb is to not over do it. Try pairing a sweeter wine with a less sugary option like pears, or go ahead and indulge your sweet tooth with something delicious. Learn more with the following link:

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