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Before we arrived at our destination in Traverse City, of course we found a winery en route. The promise of fresh baked goods, fudge, cider, and a farmer’s market made it all that more enticing. I had hoped to find some nice options for my son who was not old enough to participate in our wine tastings.

We thought it would be the market that would be the biggest treasure, but it turned out to be the winery. From the original information I found about Spicer Orchards, we thought we’d be tasting a few fruit wines and some ciders, but it turned out they had a full line of wines. Amongst Bushmaster, our daughter, and myself, we sampled the following:

  • Merlot
  • Carriage Dry Red – a blend of Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot
  • Red Demi Sec – a blend of Marechal Foch and Chambourcin
  • Traminette
  • Spicer’s Original Hard Cider
  • Spicer’s Hard Cherry Cider
  • Spicer’s Sweet William’s Hard Cider
  • Catawba Blush
  • House White – a blend of Riesling, Vidal, Vignoles, Seyval, and Pinot Grigio
  • Soft White – Niagara
  • House Red – a blend with a flavor similar to Fredonia
  • Blueberry Wine
  • Cherry Wine
  • Red Currant
  • Hartland Cranberry
  • Sparkling Peach
  • Honey & White
  • Vidal Ice Wine

My favorites were the Merlot, Red Currant, and Honey & White, but the Cranberry beat them all. With its perfect tartness, I came away with two bottles — one to share in the hotel that evening and one to bring home for later.

Aary’s favorites were the Traminette, Original Hard Cider, Sweet William’s Hard Cider, and the Cherry Wine.

Bushmaster’s mind must have wandered to thought of fresh hot doughnuts because he neglected to mark his favorites on his tasting sheet.

After tasting, we shopped for a few tasty treats at the market and then were on our way.

Spicer Orchards offers quite an extensive list of fruits available for purchase or as pick your own throughout the summer and fall.  We couldn’t help but think of the fruit wines we could experiment with making if we lived closer.

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