Brian Walters
Erin Rose, Libation Lover at Bel Lago
Erin Rose, Libation Lover


You might say I accidentally fell into my love affair with wine. I just never got into the beer scene during my college years, and my distaste stayed with me. For the next several years, I stuck mostly to mixed drinks, masking what hit my tongue like the grown-up version of a Fireball candy with either pop or sweeter mixes. 

It wasn’t until long after college that I discovered my preference for wine - finally, an adult beverage that tasted soft, yet complex without burning my tongue or tasting too sweet. Still, short of Malbec or a mellow cab, it was only after I moved north to the Leelanau Peninsula that I knew I found my wine groove, even more so after having the fortune of working for the amazing folks along the wine trail. Gewürztraminer, Dry Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, laid-back pinot noirs, deeper reds that don’t burn my tongue, and the occasional Late Harvest Riesling...this is my happy place!

I’m no sommelier (whatever that means)—I just follow the arrows along M22 and let my nose and taste buds do the rest. Join me as we explore the fun, interesting, and unknown clusters of northern Michigan wine country, Leelanau style!

Wintery Wine Fun: Snowshoeing the Vineyards

The thought of sweet, sweet summertime always elicits a yearning for soft grass beneath your bare feet, the warmth of the sun on your shoulders, a perfectly chilled glass of Michigan crafted Pinot Grigio or cider—and if you can escape from the office for a trip up north—a blissful escape to the lake…

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An Afternoon at Two K Farms

Nestled right off of M22, a storybook farmhouse overlooking an apple and grape-growing paradise awaits you. Admittedly, Two K Farms’ modest wood sign does little to advertise the breathtaking property that sits tucked away until you venture up the casual dirt road. But for the daring explorers who…

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