Tweet And Taste (Wine) Redux: Shady Lane Cellars, April 13, 7:00 CST

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April 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm

About a month ago, I wrote about a new program from regional wine blogger, Shannon Casey at Michigan By The Bottle, called “Tweet and Taste,” in which every month or so, he selects wines from a single Michigan winery to taste and discuss on Twitter at a designated time. Anyone can join in the discussion, or follow along online. (Participants attach the hashtag #ttmi to every tweet so they can be followed on a Twitter feed.) In other words, you can drink wine in your pajamas, and then discuss it with complete strangers. What could be more fun? Last month’s Tweet and Taste featured Black Star Farms, and was hugely successful with over 65 active participants.

We’re doing it again, this Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00 CST. This time around, the featured winery is Shady Lane Cellars, and its winemaker Adam Satchwell will participate in the discussion. The wines to be sampled during next week’s Tweet and Taste are Shady Lane’s 2008 Dry Riesling, 2008 Blue Franc (or Blaufränkisch), and 2007 Pinot Noir. (Ever try Blaufränkisch? Now is a good time!)

Shady Lane Cellars is located on the Leelanau Peninsula, and its goal is to produce classic, cool-climate wines that “exhibit elegance of structure and intensity of aroma and flavor.” Of late, Shady Lane has made great strides in producing organically-grown grapes. In 2008, Shady Lane’s pesticide program was 80% organic, and it aims for 90-100% organic within the next couple of years. Part of their growing program involves recycling spring pruning to the vineyard, composting, and other means of organic fertilization. Shady Lane plants cover crops to reduce the need for herbicide, while adding valuable nutrients to the soil.

Shady Lane’s winemaker, Adam Satchwell, studied and worked for years in California before finally settling in the Midwest at Shady Lane. In California, he learned winemaking from his uncle, Jed Steele, winemaker for Kendall-Jackson, and also worked at such wineries as Mark West and Edmeades Vineyards.

If you’d like to participate in Tweet and Taste on April 13th, contact Shady Lane directly to order your wines, which you can do online at www.shadylanecellars.com. More information on Tweet and Taste can be found here.

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks for the write up! Our Tweet & Taste event looks to be a whole lot of fun. I love this concept, it’s like wine democracy in action, you know where the people have a voice and that voice is heard by one and all. What can be better than that!

    And thanks for noting our philosophy of respecting our cool climate characteristics and our commitment to sustainable, responsible winegrowing. We take both very seriously and we think it shows in our wines. We just started distributing our wines in Chicago and I expect to be visiting very soon. Until then, be good, be better, be best… and never neglect your glass!

    Adam Satchwell
    Shady Lane Cellars

  2. Kennyz says:

    Darn, no Champagne-method sparkling? The Shady Lane Brut is the best Michigan wine I’ve ever had.

    • Waeschlimann says:

      Kenny -

      I see that Shady Lane is currently offering a sparkling riesling. Is that what you had? By the way, I’ve reached out to Shady Lane’s new Chicago distributor to find out more about where their wines are available in Chicago. I will post when I hear back.

  3. Kennyz says:

    I did taste the sparkling riesling at the winery, but no – that’s not it. The one I’m talking about is a traditional blend of pinot noir and chardonnay.

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