Recycled Wine Bottle Lamps

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:

  1. Thoroughly clean used wine bottles.
  2. Drill a small hole on the backside of the wine bottle close to the bottom for the cord.
  3. Feel free to decorate the outside or leave the bottle as it is.
  4. Wrap a short strand of Christmas lights inside the wine bottle. The messier the better!
  5. Cap it off with the original cork.
  6. 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!


New Wine Releases: '10 Pinot Noir and Purple Foot

We have just released our new 2010 Pinot Noir and new Purple Foot!

Already an award-winning wine, our Pinot Noir has taken home two silver medals and one bronze before it was even released. Our Pinot Noir is a medium bodied, dry, red wine that has been aged in French oak for twelve months. It is perfect on its own or when served with pasta, grilled meat, salmon or poultry. Best of all, it's just $17.95 per bottle. 

Our new Purple Foot is our red table wine, a delicious blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a touch of Lemberger. This is a dry, full-bodied red wine with deep rich flavors aged in a combination of American and French oak. We suggest serving Purple Foot at room temperature and try pairing it with grilled meats such as steak, lamb or roast beef or perhaps even a grilled portabella.  At $16.95 per bottle, it is sure to please!

If you haven't yet tried our wines, we use an artisan's approach to winemaking. We use taste and instinct, not formula, to build our wines. All of our wines are hand-crafted, small batch fermented, oak mellowed, hand bottled, hand corked and hand labeled. Every part that goes into the winemaking process is done by hand with a great attention to detail.

Take a visit to our tasting room and sample our newest wines! 


Leelanau Peninsula Wine, Food & Music Festival 

We had an excellent time at the Leelanau Peninsula Wine, Food & Music Festival this year! Thank you to all who stopped by and sampled our wines. 

Special thanks to our volunteers, Katie and Elizabeth! They were really great and made the day so much fun.Our sampling of wines for the day!


The Silver Leaf Wine Dogs at the Beach

It has been a busy summer in our tasting room and Enzo and Abby decided to take a Sunday off to enjoy northern Michigan. They sure know how to relax!

 Enzo relaxing after a swim

Abby taking a day off, lounging on the pier


Harvest Stompede 2011

Do you have your tickets for the Harvest Stompede yet? This year's race and wine tour are quickly approaching!

The annual Harvest Stompede takes place September 10th & 11th, 2011. The weekend features a spectacular race through Leelanau's vineyards followed by a self guided wine tour of LPVA member wineries featuring world class wines and culinary delights that reflect the season's bounty. 

Tickets are very limited for the race! Click here for ticket information and to sign-up as a participant. 

Wine & Food Pairings:

The wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail are once again “going local” with our wine & food pairings to showcase the bounty of the Leelanau harvest!

  • L. Mawby - Mac & Cheese with local squash and a sage cream sauce paired with their newest bubbly, Green.
  • Silver Leaf - Local bratwurst & sauerkraut paired with 2009 Riesling – it’s an Oktoberfest theme with German Music!
  • Bel Lago - Local Fall Harvest Vegetable Soup with Italian Sausage with Bel Lago Red, a cabernet franc blend with several select red varietals.
  • Ciccone - Has comfort food at its best – classic hardy corn chowder with local corn and 2009 Pinot Grigio.
  • Cherry Republic - Toasted puff pastry wrapped with local cherries, local vegetables and feta cheese paired with the 100% Balaton Cherry wine “Cherry Twist”.
  • Good Neighbor Organic - Grilled pita, local cherry hummus, and naked brats with wine (and beer!).
  • Black Star Farms - Grilled focaccia with Isidor’s Choice Pinot Grigio poached pear, Leelanau fromage blanc and carmelized wild leek paired with the 2010 Arcturos Riesling.
  • Gills Pier - Barbudos en Salsa de Chile Dulce, a baked local green bean omelet with pulled chicken and roasted red pepper sauce paired with 2010 Riesling. A vegetarian option will also be available.
  • Chateau de Leelanau - Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich featuring all local Beef, Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, Cheese and Bread paired with the Solem Farm Red Wine.
  • Good Harbor - Going local with Carlson’s of Leland fish pate served with grapes and crackers and paired with Fishtown White.
  • Chateau Fontaine - Cincinnati-style chili with local onions (optional) and Big Paw Red .
  • Tandem - Savory buckwheat crepes with Leelanau raclette, Shetler Dairy Milk, local eggs and honey cured ham paired with Ida Gold hard cider.
  • Verterra - Smoked white fish chowder featuring local whitefish & potatoes and paired with Pinot Gris or Pinot Noir.
  • 45 North - Smoked Carlson’s whitefish on crustini with chevre paired with 45 White.
  • Willow - Local apple carmel crisp and Pinot Gris!



A Vineyard Wedding

Congratulations to the happy couple, Anne Hughes & Jeff Stekl! They were married in our vineyard on Saturday with the ceremony on the island of our pond. It was a gorgeous wedding and a wonderful evening to celebrate with friends and family.

We raise our glasses for all that the future holds for Anne and Jeff!



Tawas Uncork'd & Untap'd 2011

Mark your calendars for August 6th for the 3rd Annual Tawas Uncork'd & Untap'd, a food, wine and ale festival!Photo courtesy of B.B. Wolf Fine Art Photography It will be held in East Tawas on Saturday from Noon until 6pm at Harbor Park (corner of Newman and US-23). This annual fundraiser is sponsored by Friends of the East Tawas Library to raise money for a new community library. It brings together Michigan wine, ales, food and mellow music.

This library fundraiser features 13 wineries, 3 breweries and local restaurants and food vendors, including...

Wineries: Bel Lago Winery, Bowers Harbor Vineyard, Burgdorf's Winery, Chateau Chantal, Chateau Fontaine, Dizzy Daisy Winery, Fenn Valley Vineyards, Forty-Five North Winery, Leelanau Cellars, Rose Valley Winery, Sandhill Crane Vineyards, Silver Leaf Vineyard, and Valley Mist Vineyards. 

Breweries: Atwater Block Brewery, Shorts Brewing Company, and Schmohz Brewing Company.

Restaurants & Food Vendors: Reed's on the River, The Willow Tree, Village Chocolatier, Northwoods Steakhouse, Neiman's Market, and Klenow's Market.

Join us for a day of fun that's for a good cause! Tickets available at various local locations and on the day of the event. 


The Vines Are Looking Good!

Things are looking good at Silver Leaf! Pardon the expression, but the vines are growing like weeds. We can't wait to see what this year's harvest will bring. 


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