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Pick Your Own at Spicer Orchards

October 25, 2010

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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!

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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.

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Fortified by many little “tastes” of wine and glasses of house-made hard cider, we tottered out to the berry patch.

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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.

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The bounty:

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Spicer Orchard | 10411 Clyde Rd Fenton, MI 48430 | 810-632-7682

 

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!

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