Brewvine: 45 North Vineyard and Winery Seeing Red

The change in seasons has Northern Michigan wine makers seeing red.

For this week’s Brewvine, we take you to 45 North Vineyard and Winery in Leelanau County to see how they can take two varieties of grapes and turn them into four very different and very unique red wines.

“We got pretty much something for everybody at this point from a really light pinot noir, light bodied pinot noir all the way up to a really barrel specific limited release of a cab franc, merlot blend,” said winemaker Jay Briggs.

45 North has seven red wines to sample this fall with a wide variety of flavor profiles.

Four of those reds are blends of cabernet franc and merlot but each one has its own distinct taste — like their fruit forward “Veritas”.

“SPG” is also made from cab franc and merlot but is on the other end of the flavor spectrum.

The bold red wine is also tribute to their founder, Steven Paul Grossnickle, who passed away two years ago.

45 North is also excited to bring back their wine club dinners after nearly 18 months.

“We’re getting back to that normal feel a little bit,” said Jay. “We’re anxious and we’re excited to see the faces again and excited to get the wines out and with some food and to see the wines express themselves, it’s going to be pretty cool.”

Even if you can’t make it out to a wine dinner, you can always stop in to sample their unique cab franc, merlot blends.

“There’s nothing better than sitting out right now, especially in the fall with some red wine, get some meat and cheese and just relax.”

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