The perfect wine pairing highlights the flavors of a meal, just as the perfect pairing of facial expressions explains the reasons behind a grunt. Discover ideal partners with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a wine flight of five wines with gourmet cuisine pairing and a vineyard tour for two at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, which is located about a three-hour drive from Grand Rapids on the Old Mission Peninsula outside Traverse City (up to a $50 value).
Casks of award-winning vintages tempt guests at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, which earned Best of Class for its 2007 Cabernet Franc at the 2010 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition, among multiple other awards and pleasantly slurred compliments. Surrounded by verdant hills near the lapping tongue of Lake Michigan, Proprietor Spencer Stegenga oversees the harvest, fermentation, and self-defense training of a delicious range of reds, whites, and sparkling wines, as well as hard cider. Visiting sippers can silence their thirstily jabbering tongues with Bowers’ signature reds—the 2896 blend of merlot and cabernet franc, touched with a bit of cabernet sauvignon, or the Meritage blend, whose soft tannins create a smoothly quaffable mouthful. Or try the 2009 Rosé, redolent with the flavors of flowers, berries, and wine.
To bring out the flavors of the vinos, Bowers’ oenologists will match wine flights with suggested gourmet edibles, including a whitefish pâté cavorting with delicacy cheeses and a bread dip swirled with feta and peppercorn. Spencer also leads tours of his estate’s rolling vineyards, sharing grapey knowledge during the brief but informative Viticulture 101.