Small Plates Event - Saturday, June 16

The days are getting longer and summer is just about here! We have so many exciting events coming up, but you won't want to miss this one! With a cost of only $15 per person per seating, it's quickly becoming known as one of the greatest values of the season.

Join us for the Leelanau Peninsula Vintner's Association's 3rd Annual Small Plates Event on Saturday, June 16th. The event will feature eight of the member wineries and offers a full glass of wine paired with a tapas dish at each location. 

At Silver Leaf, we will have 3 separate seatings, one hour each from 6:00-9:00pm. We're limited to 20 people at each seating, so make sure you purchase your tickets soon!

Check out the list of small plates pairings from the participating wineries:



Bel Lago
Bel Lago will be pairing their 2010 Pinot Grigio with Chicken Paillard with an asiago crust and Lemon Caper sauce accompanied by a salad of local greens.

Black Star Farms
Black Star Farms will be serving their own Hard Apple Cider brined pork tenderloin with bacon, shiitake mushroom and goat cheese risotto, candied fig butter and red onion agrodulce. This amazing dish will be paired with 2011 Arcturos Cabernet Franc Rosé..

Chateau Fontaine
At Chateau Fontaine, Paul Carlson, the chef from Bella Fortuna, will be preparing Seared Scallops with Toscanelli Bean Puree, crispy Housemade Panchetta, and a Lemon/ Spring Pea Shoot Pesto. Served with award winning 2011 Pinot Blanc.

Ciccone Winery
Tris Mediterraneo will be the theme for the evening at Ciccone Vineyard. We will be serving champignon : Small Mushroom stuffed with Crumb Bread, Cheese, Mushroom and Parsley.- asparagus wrapped in a puffy pastry with ham and shaved Parmesan cheese and Arancine – made with saffron rice and meat ragu; all paired with our Riesling. (second seating only)

Forty-Five North
45 North is partnering with Ethnic Garden Catering and doing a semi spicy-sweet and savory coconut curry with shrimp and rice noodles paired with their choice of 2010 dry Riesling or 2009 semi dry Riesling.

Gills Pier
Gills Pier’s Chef de Cuisine is Kristin Karam of K2 Events and Edibles. They will serve Majaraja Curry (tomato, chickpea, cinnamon and cream with a bit of spice) served over basmati rice with vegetarian or lamb kabobs. The pairing will be the 2011 Semi-dry Estate Riesling. Vegetarians welcome! Contact the tasting room to specify: 231.256.7003 –

Silver Leaf
Silver Leaf will serve Butterflied Prawn with Andouille sausage & Remoulade sauce paired with their 2010 Riesling.

To demonstrate the versatility of Rieslings and Spicy Asian cooking, Verterra is serving a Chinese spicy, crispy Hunan prepared Catfish with a Tempura batter to be paired with a medium sweet Riesling.


For tickets, please visit the Leelanau Peninsula Vintner's Association's website


2012 Leland Wine & Food Festival

It's almost that time of year again! Time when the streets of Leland and Fishtown fill with crowds to enjoy amazing wines and delicious food all to help celebrate the start of summer. Don't miss the Leland Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, June 9th. 

Join Silver Leaf Vineyard and the Leelanau Peninsula Wineries as we welcome in the summer season in the 27th Annual Leland Wine & Food Festival! Come enjoy a day near the Leland Harbor and Leland's Historic Fishtown tasting wines from local wineries and tasting the specialties from local restaurants and vendors. Listen to live music in the park all day and enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou islands.

Admission is $15 and includes an etched wine glass and two tickets for wine tasting. Additional wine tickets will also be available. Food vendors accept cash only.

For more information, visit Leland's website


$500 Raised for Make-A-Wish Foundation


Thank you to everyone who donated in our tasting room during the Spring Sip & Savor this past weekend! We raised over $500 for Nora and the Make-A-Wish Foundation!

In case you hadn't read our last blog article, Nora is a 5 year old girl who lives in Traverse City, Michigan and is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. Her wish is to go to Disney World after the transplant this fall. 

To read Nora's story, please click here.



Spring Sip & Savor - Make-A-Wish Foundation Donations

We are proud to announce that in lieu of our fee for our full tasting menu during the Spring Sip & Savor this upcoming weekend, we will be accepting donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation!

We were on a recent trip to/from Chicago when we stopped at a rest stop to let our dogs, Abby and Enzo, out of the car for a break. We ran into a family with an adorable young daughter who wanted to pet the dogs. After we started talking we realized they were on a trip to DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids with their five-year-old daughter, Nora. Nora is currently in stage four renal failure and will have a kidney transplant this fall. 

The Make-A-Wish Foundation will help Nora's family to celebrate the end of her reanal failure journey by donating an all expenses paid trip to Disney World. With donations to this wonderful organization families like Nora can help to forget about the ugly events in their life and celebrate the amazing ones.

Please read Nora's story posted below as told by her mom, Tonya. Nora was our inspiration, and as you can tell, she is quite inspirational. 

See you on the wine trail!


Spring Sip & Savor - May 5 & 6, 2012

Join us the weekend of May 5th & 6th for the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners' Association's Annual Spring Sip & Savor wine trail event. As our vineyards wake to the sun & warmth of May, we kick off the season with a brunch-themed wine and food pairing at each of the 18 wineries on the wine trail.
Visit up to 8 wineries on Saturday from 11 to 6pm, and up to 8 on Sunday from noon to 6pm.

We will be featuring our Purple Passion served as a Sangria with a classic Spanish tapas, Patatas Brava, spicy and hot potatoes with a Brava sauce to match, along with another classic, Chorizo Brazed in Red Wine. Our prize of a Silver Leaf gift certificate will be given for “La chica en un sombrero más guapo” (the woman in the most beautiful hat).

Tickets are just $35 and include wine and food pairings at each winery, a commemorative glass and a $5 gift certificate, that can be used at any LPVA winery.

For ticket information, please visit


Northern Wine Loop Wine Release Weekend

Have you heard about the Northern Wine Loop yet? We are a group of 10 wineries all located north of M-204 in Suttons Bay. To kick off our brand new wine loop, we are holding a Wine Release Weekend!

Join us on Saturday, April 14th. You're invited to participate in judging at our first ever People's Choice Awards during our Wine Release Weekend. Each of our  member wineries will be releasing 2-3 brand new wines for you to sample. 

Bring your friends along for a day of new wine releases. You'll have the opportunity to vote for your favorites! 

Make sure you also 'Like' the new Northern Wine Loop on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all of our exciting news and events. 


Taste the Passion Wine Tour

Thank you to everyone who joined us this past weekend for the 2012 Taste the Passion! On behalf of the Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery staff, we thank you! We hope you had as much fun as we did.


New Chafia Cherry Wine Label

We've updated our look! What do you think of our new Chafia Cherry wine label? It will soon be available in stores.