Yesterday Jess and I ventured into uncharted territory on the Leelanau Peninsula. She had seen an all-call for area photographers to shoot the Leelanau Peninsula Vintner Association’s annual Sip & Savor event, and thought it sounded like fun. She asked if I’d like to join (plus, safety in numbers, right?), and as a non-drinker, I figured volunteering as a photographer was probably my best bet to see some of the Peninsula’s 25 wineries…and with an exciting cast of characters.
We started out in Glen Arbor just a little past 11:00. I sampled Jess’ sangria (surprisingly drinkable) – which she opted not to finish, because unlike other Sip & Savor participants, she intended to remain sober – but I opted for a cherry ginger ale (very good with a strong spicy finish…see, I can do this connoisseur thing!).
By 3:00, we had visited eight wineries. Jess had begun asking for very small tastes at each place, and because we are
gross such good friends, I also sipped each of the offerings. No surprise, the sangria was the only one I even marginally enjoyed, but I will say I did note a distinct flavor difference in the food pairing offered at Gill’s Pier. Eight small samples of wine later, Jess was still fully sober. However, eight full tastings of wine later, many participants were cheery and bleary-eyed. I’m betting they spent at least some of the evening enjoying the day’s purchases, so I suspect that this morning wasn’t pretty for many of them. We’ll see because we go back out there for round two this afternoon 😉
After our Leelanau touring, we rejoined with husbands and Jackson (Jess’ son) for a debrief followed by dinner. And since the sun was still above the horizon, Tony and I jaunted out to the woods. Just in case. Our find exceeded our expectations by a good order of magnitude. Instead of a paltry dozen, we counted 173 morels. Some of them were seriously tiny, and we obviously didn’t pick them – but we found them, so we counted them. Anyone who wants directions to our spot – just ask. I’m happy to tell. Sure I am. 😉
Photos include some of the itty bitty ones, so I do recommend clicking through for the greater detail in the slideshow Happy Hunting (if you hunt) or just Happy Spring (if you don’t)!