Local Winespotting: NATO Summit, Frog n Snail

May 25, 2012 at 11:48 am

Furthering my periodic series (okay, very occasional series) highlighting places where local wine is served, two exciting developments came this week via Chateau Grand Traverse’s Facebook page:

NATO Summit: Everyone’s heard by now that Paul Kahan and Blackbird catered a lunch for Michele Obama during the NATO Summit here in Chicago last weekend. What most people don’t know is that Chateau Grand Traverse’s “Laika” Grüner Veltliner 2010 was paired with the first course, which included La Quercia prosciutto from Iowa, kale, fresh chickpeas, sesame brittle and grilled ramps. CGT has not been bottling Grüner Veltliner for long, and they are one of few (and possibly the only) Michigan winemaker that is making Grüner Veltliner, a varietal found in many Central European wines.

Frog n Snail: Dale Levitski’s new Lakeview restaurant offers CGT’s 2010 Whole Cluster Riesling by the glass. As the name implies, the whole cluster of grapes is pressed very gently to extract the juice from the grapes while minimizing harsh malic acids and astringent tannins that comes from the skin and seeds. As with Laika, CGT is probably the only Michigan winemaker doing a whole cluster Riesling.

 (Photo credit: Chateau Grand Traverse, Facebook page)