Pop in and celebrate at these Northern Michigan wine bars.
Tim’s Pick // Provisions Wine Lounge // Boyne City
Stepping into Provisions Wine Lounge, an ice-beaded bottle of bubbly pops it cork on cue. Giant charcuterie boards punctuated with ribbons of prosciutto, fiery red peppadews and wedges of creamy Affinois cheese land on sleek banquettes among garnet glasses of briary Spanish Garnacha. With retro incandescents overhead pouring soft light onto exposed brick it might seem like we tripped through a wormhole into Midtown Detroit or Chicago’s Fulton Market. Not so, as is this scene of buzzy bacchanalia is the third prong in Ed and Kristine Brehm’s trident of businesses in downtown Boyne City. While there are cold beers and craft cocktails to be had, Provisions Wine Lounge is refreshingly wine-centric with a whopping 75 international by-the-glass selections kept fresh with a commercial Verre de Vin system.
Vintage Chophouse & Wine Bar // Bay Harbor
The wine list at the Inn at Bay Harbor’s swank lakeside space is anchored by blue chip California bottlings balanced with selections from Bordeaux, Spain and Northern Italy.
Pour Kitchen & Bar // Petoskey
Sommelier Todd Chinnock curates an on-trend program of casual wines on tap and geek-friendly selections like amphora-aged Portuguese whites and Cru Beaujolais.
Cellar 152 // Elk Rapids
Sip a cold flute of Prosecco or lush New World red blend while grooving to live music at this hip and intimate Elk Rapids watering hole.
The Queen’s Head Wine Pub // Cheboygan
New to the sunrise side, Queens Head slings smoked fish, cheese and charcuterie to complement a list of ripe West Coast wines.
Zephyr Wine Bar // Marquette
Lending wino bona fides to Marquette’s enduring coolness, Zephyr is surely the only place along the Superior shore to get a glass of Calabrian Gaglioppo and a plate of smoked duck, figs and shaved beets.