Where Wine Lives — Cozy Up with a Glass for Fall

(Photo and graphic by Justin McKee)

(Photo and graphic by Justin McKee)

Wine is perfect for every season, but for me it seems more fitting for fall. The temperatures cool, the leaves begin to change, sweaters begin to sneak their way into my closet and nights call for snuggling up with your honey under a cozy blanket sipping the elixir to relax you. White, red, or rosé, wine is perfect during a quiet evening at home or a fun dinner party with your closest friends!

Wine was an acquired taste for me, but as more and more independent wineries sprang up from entrepreneurs of all ages, sweeter wines have been the trend and are what made me dive into the wine world. But I’m no expert! I’m willing to try just about any type, but I personally do not care for dry wines, which I know will give me a red ‘X’ in any professional connoisseur’s book.

Wine is a huge product of Michigan, especially if you travel up to the Traverse City/Leelanau Peninsula area, and one of the larger brands, St. Julian, also is produced here. However, one of the newest wineries and probably the best kept secret in northern Michigan is Cadillac Winery, located outside of the small village of LeRoy. Owners Kevin and Jean have worked hard to make a large selection of wine using produce grown on their own property.

Cadillac Winery2They have the cutest little tasting room and shop, which is about to be expanded to make room for their own brewed beer.  They offer about 15 types of semi-dry, semi-sweet and dessert wine, and some of their flavors come and go with the seasons.

Cadillac Winery3Jean and Kevin welcome everyone to try their selection and often host evenings of entertainment throughout the season, such as Halloween parties, chili cookoffs and Ladies’ Nights.

I try to get up to the winery on a regular basis, and when I do, it’s always hard deciding what I want! I definitely have my favorites. Though any type of Cadillac Winery wine is perfect year-round, a few in particular are great for fall.

Cadillac Winery5It’s pretty obvious why Crantastic fits the bill for the season. Cranberries are everywhere starting in the fall and through the start of winter, especially when the holidays roll around. This sweeter wine carries the tart flavor of cranberry and is great for every day drinking or with your Thanksgiving meal if you’re in the U.S.

Cadillac Winery6Bunk House Red, a.k.a. my favorite wine from Cadillac Winery, screams fall. Its bold flavor is classic red wine, and perfect for a night around the campfire with friends and neighbors. I have yet to try it mulled, but I believe Bunk House Red would be the perfect base. This wine is my type of wine and I never want to share it!

Another top choice for fall wine is Green Apples. Does it need explaining? Autumn is apple season and the semi-sweet Riesling base lends itself well to the fruit. It also has a punchy tartness to it, which you’d expect in most green apples. Incredibly yummy.

By the way, did I mention Cadillac Winery can create custom labels for your event? Seriously. Need a quick gift or favor item? Having a party? Bridal shower? Bachelorette party? Wedding? Anniversary dinner? They can make a custom label specifically geared toward your celebration with the photo, text and wine type of your choice.

Cadillac Winery8How cute is that?! It definitely gives me some ideas for the future!

Cadillac Winery4So make sure to check out what Cadillac Winery has to offer and keep up with the business through its Facebook and Instagram pages. I’m off to pour another glass. Cheers!

—K

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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