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Rieslings

Dry Riesling Semidry Riesling Late Harvest Riesling Block Twelve We captured the essence of Riesling in this palate pleasing, off-dry style specialty white wine. By cool fermenting and crafting in stainless steel, this wine offers a combination of mineral, fruit-forward aromatics, delicate citrus, ripe melon, pineapple, and viscosity.

Pair with:
Meat and Cheese, Peanutbutter Pad Thai, Pizza, Chicken Wellington, Cajun, Grilled Panini
Whole Cluster Block Twelve Riesling Ice Wine MichMash Riesling GTS Sweet Harvest Riesling GTS Semidry Riesling
Dry Riesling Semidry Riesling Late Harvest Riesling Dry Riesling This expressive dry white wine is crisp, fruity, and fresh. Along with mineral notes, the well-cut acidity gives this Riesling a taut structure to balance flavors of crisp Granny Smith, white grapefruit, quince jam and honeycomb. These intricate flavors are matched with a steely-dry finish.

Pair with:
Seafood, Shellfish, White Sauce Pasta, Chicken Picatta, Pork Tenderloin, Fish Tacos, Green Bean Casserole, Stuffing, Turkey, Mac and Cheese
Whole Cluster Block Twelve Riesling Ice Wine MichMash Riesling GTS Sweet Harvest Riesling GTS Semidry Riesling
Dry Riesling Semidry Riesling Late Harvest Riesling SemiDry Riesling We craft all of our Grand Traverse Select wines to pair well with the foods that wine lovers enjoy on their dinner tables. In this semidry riesling, flavors of ripe apple, lemony-citrus and pear come together with a slight sweetness to provide an exceptional white wine for most any occasion.

Pair with:
Barbecue, Poultry, Salads, Burgers, Fish, Pizza
Whole Cluster Block Twelve Riesling Ice Wine MichMash Riesling GTS Sweet Harvest Riesling GTS Semidry Riesling
Dry Riesling Semidry Riesling Late Harvest Riesling GTS Sweet Harvest Riesling We craft all of our Grand Traverse Select wines to pair well with the foods that wine lovers enjoy on their dinner tables. This sweet Riesling wine abounds with flavors of ripe peach, apricot, melon, and honey. A perfect wine to serve with rich and savory foods.

Pair with:
Barbecue, Ribs, Ham, Pork, Poultry, Stir Fry, Panked Salmon, Cherries, Watermelon
Whole Cluster Block Twelve Riesling Ice Wine MichMash Riesling GTS Sweet Harvest Riesling GTS Semidry Riesling
Dry Riesling Semidry Riesling Late Harvest Riesling Late Harvest Riesling This exceptional Late Harvest Riesling abounds with dazzling fruit and crisp citrus flavors balanced with a naturally sweet finish. Aromas of honey and vanilla lead to a soft and creamy palate combined with plenty of tropical and stone fruit.

Pair with:
Cheese and Fruit, Roast Pork, Glazed Ham, Poultry, Barbecue, S'mores, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie
Whole Cluster Block Twelve Riesling Ice Wine MichMash Riesling GTS Sweet Harvest Riesling GTS Semidry Riesling
Dry Riesling Semidry Riesling Late Harvest Riesling MichMash Riesling This semisweet Riesling wine offers bright flavors of ripe pear and honey-crisp, accented with refreshing acidity and light citrus flavors. It is perfect for every day entertaining as well as serving with a variety of foods.

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Whole Cluster Block Twelve Riesling Ice Wine MichMash Riesling GTS Sweet Harvest Riesling GTS Semidry Riesling
Dry Riesling Semidry Riesling Late Harvest Riesling Riesling Ice Wine This rich, almost nectar-like, dessert wine comes alive with flavors of ripe pineapple, golden raisins, dried apricot, and ripe lemon. Aromas of honeysuckle and sweet herbs lead to a bold and luscious palate combined with notes of ripe grapefruit and honey to finish.

Pair with:
Dessert, Dark Chocolate, Cheese and Fruits, White Chocolate
Whole Cluster Block Twelve Riesling Ice Wine MichMash Riesling GTS Sweet Harvest Riesling GTS Semidry Riesling
Dry Riesling Semidry Riesling Late Harvest Riesling Semidry Riesling Flavors of ripe pear and Honey Crisp, accented by scents of Meyer lemon and acacia honey. Very refreshing acidity extends the finish.

Pair with:
Most any dish, Stir Fry, Barbecue, Indian Cuisine
Whole Cluster Block Twelve Riesling Ice Wine MichMash Riesling GTS Sweet Harvest Riesling GTS Semidry Riesling
Dry Riesling Semidry Riesling Late Harvest Riesling Whole Cluster This is positively an awesome Riesling! Let it shine with crisp aromatic style, bright fruit and citrus accented with enduring flavors of ripe apple and pear. It was made from hand-picked grape clusters pressed “whole” without any de-stemming or crushing. The resulting wine is sleek and minerally with just a touch of natural sweetness for balance.

Pair with:
Cured Meats, Black Bean Burger, Salmon, Turkey Sandwich, Fish Tacos, Licorice
Whole Cluster Block Twelve Riesling Ice Wine MichMash Riesling GTS Sweet Harvest Riesling GTS Semidry Riesling
Other White Wines

Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Late Harvest Chardonnay Etcetera White Botrytis Chardonnay This rich, dessert style wine abounds with flavors of honey, apricot, citrus, and pineapple. A rare release, the naturally occurring botrytis concentrates the essence of the grape, resulting in a dynamic and smooth sweetness.

Pair with:
Sweet Potato Casserole, pâté, bleu cheese, honey, cheesecake, or roasted nuts
MichMash White Botrytis Chardonnay GTS Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer Ship of Fools Grüner Veltliner Pinot Grigio
Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Late Harvest Chardonnay Etcetera White Barrel Fermented Chardonnay This exceptional quality Chardonnay is bright with crisp and complex falvors. Creamy and well-spiced in French and American oak with nuances of nuts and vanilla, layered with flavors of ripe pear, honeydew melon and baked apple joined by a lively acidity.

Pair with:
Sauteed Mushrooms, Cashew Chicken, Grilled Tuna Steaks, Cheese and Fruit, White Fish, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque, Mac and Cheese
MichMash White Botrytis Chardonnay GTS Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer Ship of Fools Grüner Veltliner Pinot Grigio
Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Late Harvest Chardonnay Etcetera White GRÜNER VELTLINER Our small block vineyard provides intense late-season ripening, creating a laid back wine with marvelous lemon and lime qualities, flinty minerality and hints of white pepper. With a clean, off-dry finish, you can just sit back and be your far out self.

Pair with:
Cod, Fried Chicken, Pesto Pasta, Clam Chowder, Chicken Tacos
MichMash White Botrytis Chardonnay GTS Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer Ship of Fools Grüner Veltliner Pinot Grigio
Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Late Harvest Chardonnay Etcetera White Ship of Fools This wine is comprised of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Muscat Ottonel, which seem to shine better as a harmonious blend versus individually. This wellstructured wine exhibits lemony citrus flavors, flinty mineral qualities, and aromatic green tea, with a lingering dry finish.

Pair with:
Lake Trout, Cheese, White Sauce Pizza, Garden Salad, Shrimp Stir Fry, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Popcorn
MichMash White Botrytis Chardonnay GTS Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer Ship of Fools Grüner Veltliner Pinot Grigio
Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Late Harvest Chardonnay Etcetera White Etcetera White This exquisitely structured white wine offers zesty citrus, melon, and green apple flavors with striking minerality and spice. Pairs with a day at the lake, great company, good friends...Etcetera.

Pair with:
Marguerite Pizza, Mac & Cheese, Grilled Sausage and Peppers, White Fish
MichMash White Botrytis Chardonnay GTS Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer Ship of Fools Grüner Veltliner Pinot Grigio
Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Late Harvest Chardonnay Etcetera White Gewürztraminer Robust and spicy with a pronounced aromatic style. Exotic aromas of lychee, citronella, and ginger are matched by ripe flavors of apricot, pear, and starfruit. The palate extends with flavors of rose, ginger, and citrus with earthy nuances.

Pair with:
Thai or Indian dishes, foi gras with fresh dates, smoked chorizo
MichMash White Botrytis Chardonnay GTS Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer Ship of Fools Grüner Veltliner Pinot Grigio
Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Late Harvest Chardonnay Etcetera White GTS Pinot Grigio A slightly sweeter wine offering ripe fruit flavors, citrus-herbal qualities, and crisp acidity. This versatile wine pairs beautifully with spicy dishes.

Pair with:
Seafood, salads, poultry, spicy foods.
MichMash White Botrytis Chardonnay GTS Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer Ship of Fools Grüner Veltliner Pinot Grigio
Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Late Harvest Chardonnay Etcetera White Late Harvest Chardonnay Soft and creamy palate, combined with plenty of tropical fruit and rich sweetness. Wonderfully scented with vanilla and candied kumquat, this wine is a delicious twist on a classic favorite.

Pair with:
Cajun, Thai, Indian Cuisine, Crème Brulee, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Stilton Cheeses, Apple Pie
MichMash White Botrytis Chardonnay GTS Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer Ship of Fools Grüner Veltliner Pinot Grigio
Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Late Harvest Chardonnay Etcetera White MichMash White Aromas of nectarine and green apple, combined with lemony citrus flavors and a touch of sweetness make this is an ideal entertaining and food-oriented wine.

Pair with:
Chicken Alfredo, Stir Fry, Portabello Steak, White Sauce Pasta
MichMash White Botrytis Chardonnay GTS Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer Ship of Fools Grüner Veltliner Pinot Grigio
Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Late Harvest Chardonnay Etcetera White Pinot Grigio Bright acidity and beautiful mineral qualities with wonderful fruit. Its floral-citrus flavors and herbaceous style will make this a very food-friendly wine, perfect for summertime.

Pair with:
Seafood, Seared Scallops, Pesto Chicken, Stir Fry, Spicy Foods, Potato Chips, Mac and Cheese
MichMash White Botrytis Chardonnay GTS Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer Ship of Fools Grüner Veltliner Pinot Grigio
Reds & Rosés

Etcetera Red MichMash Red Gamay Noir Reserve Cabernet Franc Reserve This beautifully structured red wine exhibits fragrant aromas of berry, black pepper, dark chocolate, and hints of coffee. The palate comes to life with firm tannins, earthy minerals, and strong oak references from 26-months aging in small oak barrels.

Pair with:
Red Meats, Strong Cheese, Hearty Pasta, Wild Game, Korean Beef
Pinot Noir Cabernet Franc Reserve Merlot Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Gamay Noir Etcetera Rosé Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris Silhouette
Etcetera Red MichMash Red Gamay Noir Reserve Etcetera Red This handcrafted red blend reveals mouth quenching acidity, robust berry flavors, and subtle oaky earthiness. Made from a blend of Merlot and Syrah, this balanced wine is made to be enjoyed with any occasion.

Pair with:
Burger, Grilled Salmon, Spicy Paella, Charcuterie
Pinot Noir Cabernet Franc Reserve Merlot Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Gamay Noir Etcetera Rosé Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris Silhouette
Etcetera Red MichMash Red Gamay Noir Reserve Etcetera Rosé This handcrafted rosé reveals mouth quenching acidity, robust berry flavors, and subtle oaky earthiness. Made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, this balanced wine is made for summertime sipping on the patio.

Pair with:
Burger, Grilled Salmon, Spicy Paella, Charcuterie, Enchiladas, Carnitas, Turkey
Pinot Noir Cabernet Franc Reserve Merlot Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Gamay Noir Etcetera Rosé Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris Silhouette
Etcetera Red MichMash Red Gamay Noir Reserve Gamay Noir Light bodied and fruity, this wine is refreshingly aromatic with distinct tart cherry, red plum, and wild strawberry flavors, with just a trace of cappuccino.

Pair with:
Cheese and Breads, Grilled Salmon, Roast Duckling, Wild Mushroom Pizza, Pig Roast
Pinot Noir Cabernet Franc Reserve Merlot Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Gamay Noir Etcetera Rosé Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris Silhouette
Etcetera Red MichMash Red Gamay Noir Reserve Gamay Noir Reserve This bold and inviting red wine offers earthy flavors, firm tannin, and balanced acidity. Hints of dark cherry, ripe berries, black pepper and light chocolate are highlighted by refined character from 24-months aging in small oak barrels.

Pair with:
Savory Dishes, Red Meats, Grilled Salmon, Wild Game, Lamb, Beef Kabob
Pinot Noir Cabernet Franc Reserve Merlot Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Gamay Noir Etcetera Rosé Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris Silhouette
Etcetera Red MichMash Red Gamay Noir Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Made from a selected blend of 100% vinifera grapes, this wine displays a fruity flavor with rich red wine undertones.

Pair with:
Barbecue, Poultry, Salads, Burgers, Fish, Pizza, Cheese and Sausage
Pinot Noir Cabernet Franc Reserve Merlot Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Gamay Noir Etcetera Rosé Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris Silhouette
Etcetera Red MichMash Red Gamay Noir Reserve Merlot Reserve Think berries, black pepper, chocolate, espresso, firm acidity, and big tannins. Aged for 26 months in small oak barrels, this full-bodied, dry red wine comes together with captivating flavors and abundant fruit.

Pair with:
Red Meats, Wild Game, Marinara, Hearty Vegetables, Green Coconut Curry
Pinot Noir Cabernet Franc Reserve Merlot Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Gamay Noir Etcetera Rosé Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris Silhouette
Etcetera Red MichMash Red Gamay Noir Reserve MichMash Red Full-bodied with juicy flavors of plum and raspberry, matched with dashes of spice and pepper notes, it has a long and generous finish with a touch of berry-like sweetness.

Pair with:
Spicy Foods, Cured Meats/Aged Cheese, Red Sauce Pasta, Chicken Parmesan, Blue Cheese Burger
Pinot Noir Cabernet Franc Reserve Merlot Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Gamay Noir Etcetera Rosé Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris Silhouette
Etcetera Red MichMash Red Gamay Noir Reserve Pinot Noir This wine comes alive with flavors of cherry, raspberry and chocolate with medium body, firm tannins and a fruity finish.

Pair with:
Grilled Salmon, Roast Duckling, Wild Game, Dark Chocolate, Meat Lovers Pizza, Carne Asada Tacos, Turkey, Stuffing, Cranberries
Pinot Noir Cabernet Franc Reserve Merlot Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Gamay Noir Etcetera Rosé Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris Silhouette
Etcetera Red MichMash Red Gamay Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Reserve This dry red wine has a spirited sort of elegance. It comes alive with delicate cherry and strawberry nuances, mingled with subtle chocolate flavors. Aged for 26 months in small oak barrels, this wine offers refined oak complexity, light tannins, and a lasting finish.

Pair with:
Red Meats, Wild Game, Grilled Fish, Roasted Vegetables, Ostrich Steak, Scotch Egg
Pinot Noir Cabernet Franc Reserve Merlot Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Gamay Noir Etcetera Rosé Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris Silhouette
Etcetera Red MichMash Red Gamay Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris With classic salmon hued color and medium body, our Pinot Noir Rosé flourishes with natural crispness as well as sleek and savory texture. A complex bouquet of tart cherry, ripe melon, and slight vanilla evolve with rich mouthfeel and lingering flavor.

Pair with:
Fruit Salad, Chicken Kabobs, Salmon, Salad, Tabouli, Falafal, Poultry, Mac and Cheese
Pinot Noir Cabernet Franc Reserve Merlot Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Gamay Noir Etcetera Rosé Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris Silhouette
Etcetera Red MichMash Red Gamay Noir Reserve Silhouette Silhouette is fruity and rich in body, with subtle mellowing from aging for 22 months in new and seasoned French and American oak barrels. Hints of red berries, bittersweet chocolate with a round and smooth texture.

Pair with:
Red Meats, Pastas, Grilled Fare, Barbecue, Pork Belly, Beef Jerky, Tacos, Mashed Potatos and Gravy, Turkey
Pinot Noir Cabernet Franc Reserve Merlot Reserve GTS Sweet Traverse Red Gamay Noir Etcetera Rosé Pinot Noir Reserve Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris Silhouette
Cherry Products

Cherry Riesling Cherry Reserve Cherry Reserve Cherry Wine Cherry Sangria This is a sweeter dessert wine made from pure Northern Michigan cherries. Aged for nine months in small oak barrels, it reveals fragrant cherry aroma and delicious flavor. We added natural cherry juice to sweeten and further integrate flavors and create smooth balance. Serve at 55°-65° F.

Pair with:
Dark Chocolate, Aged Cheeses, Dessert
Cherry Riesling Cherry Riesling This unique and flavorful wine was made from our Semidry Riesling Wine and Northern Michigan Cherry Wine. Simply put, this enchanting semidry wine displays crisp, fruity style with a delicate hint of cherry. We recommend serving this versatile wine slightly chilled as an accompaniment to picnic or barbecued fare, as well as cheese and fruit.

Pair with:
Barbecue, Cheese and Fruit, Garden Salads, Grilled Poultry, Grilled Pork, Grilled Fare
Cherry Reserve Cherry Wine Cherry Sangria
Cherry Riesling Cherry Sangria This is a sweet wine made from Cherry Wine blended with natural lemon, lime, pineapple, banana and orange flavors.

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Cherry Reserve Cherry Wine Cherry Sangria
Cherry Riesling Cherry Wine This all-natural Cherry Wine is made in a sweeter style and is produced from a variety of tart cherries grown in nearby orchards. We cool fermented this wine in stainless steel tanks to capture the delicate fruit qualities, ripe cherry flavors, and beautiful color. Serve slightly chilled for best flavor.

Pair with:
Barbecue, Cheese and Fruit
Cherry Reserve Cherry Wine Cherry Sangria

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