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Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Tour in a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

By Darin Pemberton and Holly L. Smith Ten days before the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Tour, Duane asked if I would attend in his stead. I agreed and that simple agreement lead to a fundamental change in my views of Michigan wines. I am getting ahead of myself. As the event drew closer, the good […]

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Chateau Chantal Naughty Red

By Duane Pemberton Winery website:  http://www.chateauchantal.com/ While the state of Michigan has been gaining traction for some of its tasty white wines, the reds – for many – have not been what they’re looking for. The industry there is still very young and a lot of wineries are still trying to figure out what grows […]

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Peninsula Cellars Red

By Darin Pemberton Peninsula Cellars, located in Traverse City Michigan, is a producer of wines that happens to sit on the same 45th parallel as Alsace, Burgundy and Bordeaux. It makes both red and white wines and seems to have pretty solid distribution in Michigan and surrounding areas. Additionally, they also sell direct. Peninsula Cellars, […]

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Filipo Marc 2009 Luna Rossa

By Darin Pemberton In today’s world of information gathering, passing, and storing frustration can surround secrets. The exact make-up of Filipo Marc’s 2009 Luna Rossa is a secret according to the proprietors. I was able to get ONE of the grapes – Sangiovese. If the label is to be believed I am holding nobility in […]

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2007 Filipo Marc Amarone Del Tresard

By Darin Pemberton Filipo Marc winery doesn’t look like a winery.  It’s neighbors are what you’d typically find near a strip-mall on the corner of two busy streets.  I visited the winery/retail sales location and spent most of my time chatting with Vinny – if he told me he was a brother of actor Ryan […]

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