We interrupt the tour of the Traverse City wineries to update you on some of our more recent excursions.

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I’m not sure whether it was withdrawal or what, but the day after we returned from vacation, we found ourselves on our way to visit another winery.  It had been a while since we visited Smith-Berry Winery and I was craving Norton, so that was the destination we chose.

We had brought Peanut, our newest Classy Canine, with us so I waited on the patio while Bushmaster did a tasting and brought me a few if his samples for me to try.

Unsupervised, he selected the following from their tasting list:

  • Zinfandel
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chambourcin
  • Riesling
  • Bluegrass Blush
  • Blackberry

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Their Norton supply had been depleted and so I was left to choose from the Zinfandel, the Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Chambourcin.  The Zinfandel came off sweeter than what I have come to expect from Zins.  The Chambourcin, having been back sweetened, was also a bit to sweet for my taste.  But the Cabernet Sauvignon was just right.  Bushmaster went on to enjoy the samples of the sweeter wines.  After he was finished we enjoyed a small picnic of cheese, crackers, and a nice red wine.

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Even though Peanut was not able to have any wine, he enjoyed his outing as an “only dog”. It was a nice diversion and relaxing interlude before truly calling an end to vacation and returning to work the next morning.

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