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(Press Release provided by The Inn at Bay Harbor)

BAY HARBOR: The 2nd Annual Sparkle returns to the Inn at Bay Harbor of Bay Harbor, Michigan, with expanded event offerings on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22. This one-of-a-kind event exclusively celebrates Michigan sparkling wines and features five popular vineyards – L. Mawby, Black Star Farms, Bowers Harbor, St. Julian and newly opened, Rudbeckia Winery.

Several varietals of sparkling wine will be uncorked on Friday, October 21 during the Sparkle tasting event from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sagamore Room. Enthusiasts can mingle with vintners and nosh on complementing hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include a commemorative Sparkle champagne flute.

Tickets for all events, including combination tickets, can be purchased online at MyNorthTickets.


Saturday features a Flavor Profile Presentation from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Inn’s Arlington Room where guests can learn how food parings enhance the flavors of sparkling wine. Twenty-eight-year wine-industry veteran and certified wine specialist, Bill Borre, will lead the insightful tasting process. Borre is also a wine educator at the Les Cheneaux Culinary School of Hessel, Michigan, and the Great Lakes Culinary Institute in Traverse City. Tickets are $25.

Saturday evening, delight in an exquisitely paired five-course L. Mawby Sparkling Wine Dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Sagamore Room. The dinner is hosted by Larry Mawby, founder of national recognized L. Mawby Winery of Suttons Bay, who also was recently featured in the documentary series “Wine Warriors” airing on A&E’s FYI network. Tickets are $80, inclusive of tax and gratuity. To view the complete menu, make reservations and more information on Sparkle, visit

Stay the weekend and enjoy all the bubbly festivities with a special Sparkle event lodging package including Friday and Saturday night accommodations at the Inn at Bay Harbor, entry to all events, mimosa breakfast, and much more.

Watch this MyNorth Media video to hear from nationally-recognized vintner of Michigan sparkling wines, Larry Mawby, on how his brut rosé bubbly entitled “Sex” got its name.

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