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Michigan Field Trip: Sippin' on Sweet Cherry Wine in Harbor Springs

July 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM | by | ()

Summertime, and the livin' is easy. So you're thinking of a late season trip so long as there's blue water involved, hm? Believe it or not, Michigan's got beaches, blue water and budget-friendly destinations. This week we'll be looking at the ways and places in which you can chill out while diving into the state's Upper Peninsula.

In honor of #winewednesday, and partly because we dedicated our palate to Lake Erie Wineries last week, today we visit a winery in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, just outside the hopping town of Harbor Springs.

Harbor Springs Vineyard and Winery sits on Pond Hill Farm, an organic working farm with a general store, restaurant, wine tasting room, garden (full of hollyhocks right now!), sheep, pigs, livestock barn, greenhouses and something called a Squash Rocket.

Tasting details: A first tasting is $2 and any following are $1 each. Pours are a generous 1oz, plenty for two people to share. There's also the option to taste four reds or four whites, or custom pick your variety, as we did: Chardonnay, Riesling, Peach Hard Cider and Cherry Hard Cider. Other options include Pinot Gris, Regatta Red, Cherry Wine, Cherry Finale and Apple Hard Cider. Add a cheese plate for $9 or charcuterie for $10.

Our wine pick: ...is not a wine at all! On a hot, sunny day as it was, nothing proved more refreshing than their crisp Tunnel Vision Peach Hard Cider. Pushed to chose a wine, we'd go with their 2010 semi-dry Riesling.

Now, about that "Squash Rocket." Just beyond the small parking lot are three wood contraptions of increasing size. Go for the largest, of course. Pay $1 for 4 shots (of ammo ranging from potatoes to actual squash) and let 'er loose by placing each veggie in the slingshot and pulling back 'til you just can't hold it any longer. The veggie will shoot into a field with distance markers, where it'll become feed for the grazing sheep.

Disclosure: We were in the Upper Peninsula as a guest of Pure Michigan, but all photo and opinions are completely our own.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]

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