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Shady Lane Cellars was just as cute as it could be.  We loved everything about it.

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By the time we arrived, the rain had subsided, the sun was out, there was a cool breeze and their outdoor tasting bar beckoned.

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The cobblestone tasting room was rustic and charming.

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I took lots of photos which someday will serve as inspiration for a patio and party area at our forever home.

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We settled in for a fantastic tasting.  They had an extensive list with lots of choices.  Our tasting selections included:

  • 2013 Gruener Veltliner
  • 2013 Gewurtraminer
  • 2013 Muscat
  • 2014 Hennessy Harbor White – a blend of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Gruener Veltliner
  • 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling
  • 2014 Coop De Blanc – Vignoles
  • 2014 Cabernet Franc/Merlot Rose
  • 2015 Coop De Rose – Regant
  • 2013 Pinot Noir
  • Coop De Rouge – a Red blend of Regant, Cab Franc and other Red varietals
  • 2013 Blue Franc – Blaufrankisch
  • 2013 Franc ‘N’ Franc – a blend of Blaufrankish and Cabernet Franc
  • 2012 Late Harvest Vignoles

There were so many good wines!  The Gewurztraminer was slightly sweeter than most with a nice nose that was not overwhelming.  The Coop De Blanc was tangy and the Coop De Rose had a bit of spice to it.  The Pinot Noir was nice and oaky.  Both the Coop De Rouge and Blue Franc were peppery.  The Late Harvest Vignoles was very similar to an ice wine.

My favorites were the Gewurztraminer, Coop De Rose, and Pinot Noir. Bushmaster preferred the Gewurztraminer, Coop De Blanc, Coope De Rose, Coop De Rouge, and Blue Franc.  The wines at the top of Aary’s list were the Gruener Veltliner, Gewurztraminer, Coop De Rose, and Coop De Rouge.  With so much we liked, it was very hard to narrow down our purchases.

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Shady Lane Cellars clearly became our favorite winery of the day and one of the top wineries of our entire visit to the Traverse City area.  The wine and the venue were outstanding.  If you are in the area, this is not a winery you’ll want to miss!

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