Boathouse Vineyards was located in a pretty setting and true to its name had a boat launch behind it.  They had a huge circular tasting bar and a large covered back porch which beckoned visitors to stop and relax with a bottle of wine.

They had so many wines to choose from.  Here’s what we tried:

  • 2012 Pinot Noir
  • 2013 Pinot Noir
  • 2012 Boathouse Red – a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot
  • 2013 Boathouse Red – a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot
  • 2012 Cabernt Franc
  • Anchor Red – a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah aged 9 months in French oak barrels.
  • 2013 Semi-Sweet Riesling
  • 2015 Seas the Day – a white blend of 40% Muscat, 36% Chardonnay, 14% Auxerrois, and 10% Pinot Gris
  • 2014 Northern Lights – a sweet Riesling
  • 2014 License to Chill – a Pinot Noir Rose
  • Sweet Seduction – a Cherry dessert wine made from a blend of Montmorency and Balaton cherries, fortified with Michigan spirits and aged 1 year in French oak barrels

My favorites here were the 2012 Pinot Noir and the 2012 Boathouse Red. Bushmaster preferred the 2013 Boathouse Red.  Aary’s favorites were both Pinot Noirs, Seas the Day, and Sweet Seduction.

We all agreed that it was time for a break and that License to Chill was the wine we would share.  It was the perfect pairing with that various varieties of cheeses we had purchased earlier in the day at The Cheese Lady in Traverse City prior to our first winery stop.  The breeze and shade on the back porch made for a comfortable oasis for us to savor the moment and enjoy just being together.