October 25, 2010
This is a guest post from our neighbors, T. & A., who also enjoy Toledo. Sorry for the delay in getting this up!
Goaded on by the uncommonly warm weather and a Columbus Day off, we headed up to Michigan in search of pick-your-own apples at Spicer Orchards. We managed to just miss the time frame for PYO apples, but what we found was arguably better: free tastings of Spicer wine, a delicious panini, and pick-your-own fall raspberries.
Before heading out to the berry patch, we sampled some of the wines at Spicer Carriage House Cellars. Served by a knowledgeable hostess, Kristina Marks, we tried some zingy fruit wines like Cranberry &Red Currant and a Cabernet Franc that was surprisingly bold and dry. Of the whites, we liked the Pinot Grigio and the Traminette, which is similar to a Gewurtztraminer. We had to talk ourselves out of leaving with a case. Nice job, Michigan grapes!
While in the winery, we split a savory-sweet panini, which was filled with gooey white cheddar, tart green apples from the orchard and sautéed onions.
Fortified by many little “tastes” of wine and glasses of house-made hard cider, we tottered out to the berry patch.
Fall raspberries are wanton and transgressive. They invite you to go back in time and wring the last bit of life out of summer – in case you didn’t get enough while it officially lasted.
Spicer Orchard | 10411 Clyde Rd Fenton, MI 48430 | 810-632-7682
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