Tuesday, October 27, 2009

FOLLOWING THE WINE TRAIL (FERTILE EARTH) ~ LEELANAU PENINSULA ( Mini-Wine Tour )

"If God forbade drinking,
would he have made wine so good?"
~ Armand Cardinal Richelieu


LEELANAU PENINSULA
(Click on photos to enlarge ~
purple link below will take you to each site)

SHADY LANE CELLARS











WILLOW VINEYARD


"A glass of good wine is a gracious creature,
and reconciles poor mortality to itself,
and that is what few things can do."
~ Sir Walter Scott

26 comments:

Mom said...

Shady Lane - what a beautiful spot.

flowrgirl1 said...

Great post! I lived right next door to Circa and never once had a chance to stop! Guess I was too tired after work. I have been to all the others though. Isn't Leelanau fantastic! I hope to move there permanently someday.

Gail said...

Someone has been having a good time! I am so glad! hugs, gail

joey said...

Indeed Mom ~ what is not to like about our beautiful state! Thanks for popping over :)

I do hope your wish comes true, flowgirl1 ... (Not a shabby view)! Circa is getting rave reviews as are many of our award-winning MI wines ...

Hugs, sweet Gail! Last week's vacation meets this week's reality :)

Heather BT said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, I know that she was very loved. I'm sorry I haven't been following your blog much this summer to know.
Thank you for your uplifting words, this is a day I truly needed them.
H
(you don't have to post this)

Sue said...

When they say wine country, they must be talking about where you live. You captured the beauty well!

Nutty Gnome said...

Augh .... I want to come on the wine tour with you next time please - it just looks so gorgeous (and the wine is an added bonus of course!)

Roses and Lilacs said...

I'll bet all your friends are getting a bottle of Michigan wine for Christmas;) Love the stone building.
Marnie

joey said...

Thank you and welcome, Sue. I live in MI but not in the wine country, a beautiful and fruitful area to visit.

Now wouldn't that be fun, Nutty! Indeed, the wine is an added bonus ... it's delightful to uncork a bottle and remember the fertile earth from where it came!

Oh yes, Marnie, especially the sparkling wines from L. Mawby,, perfect for the holidays. Willow Vineyard is indeed charming with a stunning view. When we were there, they were pressing grapes ... very interesting (should have included those photos)!

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

BEAUTIFUL images, Joey! Michigan is rich with wineries, isn't it?

Lindalou said...

It's amazing how many wineries there are on Leelanau. I've been to many, but off the ones you visited, I've only been to Mawby. So many more to visit. Just thinking about it makes me happy. Thanks for the dose of happiness.

Beautiful photos and montages.

Shady Gardener said...

Isn't the countryside gorgeous, too? You've been having a good time, I see! The drive alone lifted my spirits! :-) Hugs!! SG

fairegarden said...

You could illustrate the travel books, Joey, or do you already do that? I love the hand holding the sign at Mawby. And the gargoyle at Willow. That one looks especially grand. :-)
Frances

joey said...

Indeed it is, Kylee, and becoming richer each year ... a wonderful gift for our waning economy.

We return each autumn, Lindalou, amazed with each new offering in both wine and new vineyards. We are indeed blessed to have this gift ... after all, we are the 'Great Lake State' :)

How sweet, dear Frances! Because of my great passion for this beautiful state, I deemed myself a self-proclaimed 'ambassador' :)

joey said...

Hugs Shady ... have you ever visited? When here next summer/autumn, grab your son's hand and drag his family UP NORTH :)

Msrobin said...

Now I long to see this lovely area again in the fall! I was looking forward to your beautiful winery photos, I knew they'd come eventually!

joey said...

You're a dear, Robin. Do hope life brings you back this way to enjoy another autumn touring Michigan wine country ... it is memorable, isn't it :)

Té la mà Maria - Reus said...

very good blog, congratulations
regard from Reus Catalonia
thank you

joey said...

Thank you for visiting and the kind words, Te la ma Mariea-Reus.

Kathy said...

Joey girl... you certainly captured Michigans Up-North finest vineyards!!! Your photos are fabulous... love the mosaics, and Amical is a favorite of mine! I have not tried the Thai crab cakes, something to look forward to! Loved going through your blog this morning. Reafirms what a lovely state we live in...so rich in beautiful countryside and agriculture....YEAH! MICHIGAN!!!!, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

joey said...

Thank you, Kathy ~ even though we visit every year, still have not done them all, a wonderful reason to return but, as you know, there is so much more to see and do ... like dinner at Amical, a favorite, and The Boathouse ... just to name a few :)

A wildlife gardener said...

Your photo montages are exquisite...sooo beautiful...thank you for sharing them :)

Lino Ruiu said...

Hi
thank you very much
congratulations for THE VILLAGE VOICE blog
Warm wishes

joey said...

Hello dear Wildlife :) Thank you and Autumn Blessings!

Thank you, Lino Ruiu ... you are most kind.

Catherine said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful Joey!! What a tour guide you make!:)And what a Beautiful State you live in~that Gorgeous Lake, & Wine country~& that beautiful garden of you'rs!!:) If the Wine is even half as special as your post, photos & collages~it is some mighty fine Wine!!
what's you're favorite Mi. Wine Joey? I've always wondered what you enjoy on that beautiful lake,w/your scrumptious meals, & what you toast that moon with!!:)
Big hugs Bloggin Sis!
Cat

joey said...

Hello, dear Cat, and thank you for your kind thoughts. Although a trip we annually take, this year was tough with loosing my sister and running back & forth settling her estate. But we did it in her memory ... 2 short days with dear friends joining us. I post not only for myself but as a Michigan blogger, loving this state ... each wine we choose, then drink, is extra-special after visiting the beautiful vineyards, seeing/photographing the earth where grapes were grown, and visiting with the owners, in awe of how they tender the earth. And you and I both know how to honor the full moon ... toasting thoughts of each other. (BIG HUGS)