Add These Brooklyn Wineries To Your Michigan Boozy Bucket List
Brooklyn, Michigan is probably known more for the "Irish Hills" and most importantly, Michigan International Speedway. However, this race weekend, me and my gal pals took to the wineries!
It is safe to say this was the most tame race weekend Brooklyn has probably ever seen being that fans were not packing the stands this time around due to COVID-19 restrictions.
However, despite it all, wineries are still able to operate, with their own set of restrictions, and thank goodness they are.
Now I have always been more of a beer person but "variety is the spice of life" so I am always down for an afternoon of wine tasting!
We first headed out to Cherry Creek Cellars where they have beautiful outdoor seating, fun and friendly staff and awesome food and wine.
I had always been aware of Cherry Creek and wanted to go as I would pass it every day on my way to work in Brooklyn and loved the history behind the building itself as it's in an old schoolhouse.
According to their website, they've been in the wine game for over 100 years as "Four generations of Burtka’s have been making wines in this country for the enjoyment of their friends and families. John + Denise Burtka decided to turn this passion into career by creating Cherry Creek Winery in 2003, a boutique winery using old world hand crafting from their European roots."
Each of us actually ended up getting two tasting "flights" just because they were so darn good, proving that spending over 100 years on the same craft sure does pay off.
Their charcuterie (meat and cheese boards) were among the most phenomenal I've ever had. It was the perfect mix of fancy meat, cheeses like this incredible goat cheese with lemon and their own spicy pepper jam you could buy a whole jar of!
We then made our way to Chateau Aeronautique Winery and Blue Skies Brewery for just one more glass on our way home.
Chateau Aeronautique is not only fancy and fun to say but is an extremely unique place to be! Their bar is literally an airplane wing!
They also have two locations, one in the Irish Hills (Brooklyn) area as well as a bit closer to Lansing in Rives Junction.
I fell in love with their dry wines at the Rives location and fell even more in love with their bourbon-aged beer at the Brooklyn location.
It is safe to say after those two wineries we were all set, though I wish we could have stopped at more. However, the next day I was slightly wishing I had not over-indulged and on Monday I was reminded the importance of drinking water while wine-tasting.
So, if you are looking for a fun little day getaway filled with wine, or beer, or ciders, add Brooklyn to your Michigan boozy bucket list!
If drinking isn't your thing, here's another Michigan "bucket list" item you could check out...waterfalls!