2008 Chateau Grand Traverse Gamay Noir

Brian Ziegler

July 24 2011 - 3:48 PM

To me wine from Michigan sounds as exotic as something from a place such as Moldova or Georgia.  Hard to find, yet so close to Chicago, and moreover, it’s a challenge to pick a good Michigan wine.   When I was up in Lansing over a year ago, I decided to scope out a good wine shop and buy a bunch of bottles.  One of the recommendations was a Gamay Noir, best known as the grape used in Beaujolais.

Chateau Grand Traverse is in the Old Mission Peninsula, which as I discovered in learning about wine, is the peninsula east of Leelanau in the vicinity of, as the name implies, Traverse City. The winery produces a variety of Rieslings, as well as Pinot Noir and even cherry wines.

I served this wine lightly chilled with grilled pork sausages.  It had a cherry nose, but an interesting red-brownish color that was rather dark for a Gamay, a grape for which I normally see more purplish hues.

–Brian Ziegler