We had an excellent time at Toast the Season! Thank you to everyone who joined us. We love meeting new faces and sharing our wine with you.
We've had a busy fall harvesting at Silver Leaf, but we're extremely pleased with this year's crop! Below are some photos from the harvest.
We were recently featured in the Autumn Issue of Michigan Home and Lifestyle Magazine as part of their "Michigan's Vibrant Vineyard Vacations" segment.
Check out the article on their website or pick up the Autumn Issue at your local bookstore.
Michigan Home and Lifestyle writes,
Silver Leaf Vineyard
Along grapevines and nearby cherry trees, a rustic, log-hewn cabin resides on the grounds of Silver Leaf Winery in Suttons Bay. The cozy cabin is ideal for whiling an afternoon away, reading a good book and sipping wine on beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. In the tasting room, vinters Mark and Patti Carlson pour tastes of their wines, handcrafted from their 22-acre vineyard. Revel in the brightly displayed artwork by local artists that graces the walls and is available for purchase. Or, linger on the spacious deck accessible through French doors. The treetop and vineyard views just may inspire you to trek along a two-mile trail through the estate, guided by a handy map. Be sure to pack a lunch, as the serene setting offers several picnic spots.
Ever wonder how many grapes it takes to make a bottle of Silver Leaf wine? How many grapes are in a glass? How much wine does one vine yield? We've answered these burning questions and more in this handy-dandy conversion chart.
Grape-to-Wine Conversion Chart:
1 grape cluster = 1 glass
75 grapes = 1 cluster
4 clusters = 1 bottle
40 clusters = 1 vine
1200 clusters = 1 barrel
1 barrel = 60 gallons
60 gallons = 25 cases
1 vine = 10 bottles
1.2 vines = 1 case
30 vines = 1 barrel
400 vines = 1 acre
1 acre = 5 tons
5 tons = 332 cases
76.5 vines = 1 ton
1 ton = 126 cases
That's a whole lot of grapes!
It's almost time to once again Toast the Season! This year's Toast the Season Wine Tour takes place over two November weekends, the weekends of the 5th and 6th and the 12th and 13th.
The tour is self-guided and you may visit 8 of the 18 member LPVA wineries each day in whatever order you desire between the hours of 11am to 5pm Saturday and noon to 5pm Sunday.
The tour features a special wine pour accompanied by holiday themed gourmet food at each of the 18 Leelanau Peninsula member wineries. At your starting winery you will be given a commemorative glass, an LPVA holiday ornament and a holiday gift bag featuring local, fair trade and organic food and more!
For tickets or more information, visit www.lpwines.com.
Here at Silver Leaf, we love being eco-friendly. Not only are we the official drop-off location for Cork ReHarvest natural cork recycling in Leelanau County, but we also love to recycle our own wine bottles. We've turned our empty wine bottles into vases for flowers and hanging decorations.
We love this idea of turning your favorite wine bottles into a fun and unique festive lamp. We've listed the easy directions below:
- Thoroughly clean used wine bottles.
- Drill a small hole on the backside of the wine bottle close to the bottom for the cord.
- Feel free to decorate the outside or leave the bottle as it is.
- Wrap a short strand of Christmas lights inside the wine bottle. The messier the better!
- Cap it off with the original cork.
- Plug it in and you have a fun, beautiful and festive table center piece.
Have you made your own recycled wine bottle lamp? Share your creative photo with us on our Facebook Page!