October Wine Club

What we’re drinking… that’s what special about our wine club here. It’s sharing with you what we’re really excited about at this moment. What we enjoy and what we’re passionate about. As the leaves change and wind blows in cooler temperatures, our cravings and our mood changes too. We feel this is perfectly represented with these wines we’ve chosen to share with you for this October.


P. & E. Mullins

Tire Swing, big LITTLE Leelanau Peninsula, MI

Pat and I were recently up in the Leelanau Peninsula where we honeymooned over 8 years ago and where we’ve spent some anniversaries. We hadn’t been in about 4-5 years. This year it was different, we are “in the know” a little bit more now if you know what I mean. The relationships we have built in Michigan have only introduced us to more awesome things and we love sharing these things. One of them is big LITTLE wines…

Two brothers, Peter and Michael Laing grew up making memories in the Leelanau Peninsula. They’re parents purchased an old cherry orchard in 2003 and planted it with vines. By 2010, both brothers had quit their careers, one as a mathematician and one as an industrial engineer, to live here full time and take on the roles as winemakers. We’ve chose to share with you the “Tire Swing” bubbles which the Laing brothers say contains both “youthful exuberance and aged reverence.” Tire Swing is a blend across several vintages and grape varietals. A portion of the previous year’s blend is kept every vintage to combine with the current vintage. This blending method helps achieve a mature yet refreshing bubbly. Tire Swing is a sparkling wine made in a brut style. This blend of 75% Riesling, 10% Gewurztraminer, 10% Pinot Gris, 5% Pinot Noir grapes has aromas of apples and pears with a dry, elegant finish. All the grapes were hand-harvested from the Old Mission Peninsula and the Leelanau Peninsula and whole cluster pressed. Perfect as an aperitif, this complex wine pairs well with just about any food, including two of our favorite pairings; fried chicken (preferably from the Southerner in Saugatuck) or freshly popped popcorn. Only 186 cases were produced.

2015 The Furst… Riesling Grand Cru Vorbourg de Rouffach, Alsace France

As the season changes, there’s a chill in the air and our wine drinking mood changes with it. It’s a time of year we appreciate wines with more pronounced aromatics, wine that stands up to bolder richer foods. A common conception is that all Rieslings are sweet. That is not the case. It’s true that Riesling wines are often made to leave residual sugar. This practice is to balance the wine since the varietal is so acidic, especially when grown in cooler climates. However, there are many examples of dry Riesling wines that may just change your mind about the grape. Like The Furst…, The Furst… wines are produced in the town of Kaysersberg, France. This town in AOC Alsace, at the foot of the Vosges mountain range, is found in the middle of the regions wine belt. This verdant area takes one’s breath away with it’s amazing wines, history and beauty. Kaysersberg is one of the finest wines growing areas in the Alsace region. The first vines were brought to the area in the 16th century from Hungary, and wine production is an important aspect of the town’s economy today. The Furst… Riesling Grand Cru is a wine made from one of the finest vineyards in Alsace. The grapes go through a traditional fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. It exhibits exquisite mineral characteristics, as the best Rieslings from this area do. The wine is aromatic with notes of stone fruit, pears and white flowers. The palate has almost an oily mouthfeel but continues to a long clean finish with bright acidity.

2016 Roagna Dolcetto D’Alba

We’ve been wanting to open up this wine for quite some time. Finally, the moment showed itself. Holed up in a little cabin in Northport on this very anniversary trip we cozied up with this beautiful wine. Luca Roagna is a 5th generation wine maker in Italy’s Northwestern-most region of Piedmont. His focus is traditional and natural wines. All of the Dolcetto is estate fruit and comes from Roagna’s 16 acres in Paje and Carso right in the heart of Barbaresco. The grapes are all hand harvested from very old vines and fermented for ten days in large French casks with indigenous yeasts. Aging takes place for about a year in neutral French oak. Oddly, “Dolcetto” means “little sweet one” which the wine itself is neither sweet nor little. Roagna’s Dolcetto is the dense leathery style, On the nose was dark lush berries and a hint of violets. The palate reminded us of a cherry cola with a little vanilla and a refreshing acidity that cleans your palate. The finish exhibits a bit of spice and earth and lingers nicely. Only 1,113 cases produced.

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