Northern Michigan wine drinkers understand the fine art of Riesling. Fortunately, there is an event that takes place in Traverse City that aids in that department. The City of Riesling kicks off with the Night of 100 Rieslings on July 23rd This two-day event is jam-packed with meals, tastings, and educational seminars – all circulating around Riesling!
At this event, you are in good company of wine lovers, winemakers, authors, and sommeliers. Internationally, individuals flock to the City of Riesling to participate in the various activities. Fabulous wine events take place in many locations in Traverse City, check out the full line up here
Sunday night brings the Night of 100 Rieslings. This takes place at 305 West Front Street and starts at 6:30PM. 100 different Rieslings from all over the world are present for this event. Admission gets you 13 individual one ounce pours and a beautiful souvenir glass. Entertainment at the Night of 100 Rieslings will be popping with live music from Laith Al-Saadi.
The new Sugar 2 Salt (S2S) Catering plans to serve up an amazing menu. Items include duck and cherry sausage and lavender shortbread. S2S recently opened a new breakfast restaurant at the Grand Traverse Commons. This is the perfect place to start your day before attending a Riesling-filled event.
The education offered at the City of Riesling event is fascinating. There is a winemaker’s roundtable, hosted by The Franklin. Immediately after the roundtable, tastings of California’s ‘new wave’ and ‘old school’ Rieslings are available. Wine writer and journalist, Stuart Pigott, will be present and leading a discussion at The Franklin that afternoon as well.
Everyone knows that in order to make great wine, we need high-quality water. That is why a portion of the event’s proceeds goes to For the Love of Water (FLOW). FLOW is working to influence people to protect our Great Lakes. Their mission is to protect the waters of the Great Lakes Basin through public trust solutions. FLOW does a lot of amazing things for our state, check out their website to learn more.
A full schedule of events and descriptions is available on the City of Rieslings website. Tickets can be purchased there as well. Whether you love learning about Riesling or just love drinking it, this event is for you. Come on down to Front Street on Sunday night to toast this beautiful city and its abundance of great Riesling.
Have you been to the Night of 100 Rieslings before? Which winery produces your favorite Riesling?