This Leelanau Wine Tasting Event Has an Incredible Menu

Celebrate Northern Michigan wine, local cuisine and winter’s wonders along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail at the annual Taste the Passion event on February 8–9. You’ll explore Leelanau County’s sweet small towns while wine tasting and enjoying sweet and savory bites at 20 local wineries.

Tickets are $40 (good for both Saturday and Sunday) and include a souvenir wine glass and delish Leelanau Peninsula wine and food pairings at each of the participating wineries. Even better, most wineries offer an two additional, complimentary wine tastes! Food-only tickets are available for designated drivers for only $20. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass that you can pick up upon check-in at your starting winery. Once you’ve checked-in, the wine trail is yours to explore.

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– Taste the Passion Food & Wine Pairings –

Amoritas Vineyards, Lake Leelanau
Bruschetta from Folgarelli’s paired with 2017 Pinot Gris

Aurora Cellars, Lake Leelanau
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Shortbread made locally by The Flour Shop paired with Brut Rosé

Baia Estate, Northport
(not listed yet)

Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay
Hand Crafted Black Star Farms Merlot and Cherry Truffle dusted with Pistachio and Malden Smoked Sea Salt paired with Sirius Cherry Dessert Wine

Blustone Vineyards, Lake Leelanau
Decadent Chocolate and Cherry Brownie topped with Pinot Noir Ganache paired with 2017 Pinot Noir

Boathouse Vineyards, Lake Leelanau
Homemade Mini Cheesecake infused with Apricot Compote and paired with our Gold Medal-winning Dry Dock Riesling

Chateau Fontaine Vineyard and Winery, Lake Leelanau
Butternut Squash Ravioli Alfredo paired with Chardonnay

Cherry Republic, Glen Arbor
(not listed yet)

Ciccone Vineyard & Winery, Suttons Bay
Vidalia Onion Relish Cream Cheese Spread on Pita paired with  2017 Starboard (Tawny Port Style Wine) or  2018 Grazie (Fruit Wine)

45 North Vineyard & Winery, Lake Leelanau
(not listed yet)

Good Harbor Vineyards, Lake Leelanau
Candied Bacon with Brut (Sparkling Gruner Veltliner)

Green Bird Organic Cellars, Northport
Mini Passion Pizzas (heart-shaped!) with Sparkling Chardonnay

Laurentide Winery, Lake Leelanau
“No Worry” Chicken Curry with Sweet Potatoes and Lemongrass over Jasmine Rice paired with Gold-Winning Sweet Riesling 2017

Leelanau Cellars, Omena
Kilwin’s Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffle with a light pink Raspberry Drizzle or Champagne Milk Chocolate Truffle with White Chocolate Drizzle paired with Winter White Bubbly

Mawby, Suttons Bay
Gingersnap Cookie paired with Roobi, a new low-alcohol canned bubbly

Nathaniel Rose Wines, Suttons Bay
(not listed yet)

Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery, Traverse City
Belgian Truffles with a Cocoa Dusting paired with 2014 Cab Franc/Merlot or 2018 Select Harvest Riesling

Shady Lane Cellars, Suttons Bay
Coconut Cream Cheesecake Bites paired with 2016 Estate Chardonnay

Silver Leaf Vineyard and Winery, Suttons Bay
Silver Leaf Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chestnut paired with Passion

Soul Squeeze Cellars, Lake Leelanau
(not listed yet)

Tandem Ciders, Suttons Bay
(not listed yet)

Two K Farms, Sutton Bay
Sponge Cake Bite drizzled in a Strawberry Sauce with Whipped Cream (optional) paired with 2017 Colonnade Apple Wine

Verterra Winery, Leland
(not listed yet)