LEELANAU PENINSULA – For the fourth consecutive year, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail is preparing for its upcoming Sips & Soups (Saturday, January 20th)’a locals’ favorite event featuring scrumptious wine and soup pairings at 19 wineries along the trail. $5 of each $20 ticket sold benefits local food banks.
Sips & Soups has attracted both visitors and locals since its first successful year, with participants enjoying a wide variety of wine and soup pairings along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail’ three ‘loops’ or mini trails. The soup, stew and chili options’many of which are prepared by local restaurants’are decided months in advance in effort to pair them specifically to the peninsula’ food-friendly wines.
‘This is personally one of our favorite events,’ shares Lorri Hathaway, Executive Director of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. ‘Sips & Soups tends to attract a mostly local crowd who looks forward to enjoying the wine and unique ambiance of our tasting rooms during less crowded seasons, and we in turn give back to an amazing cause.’
The giveback, facilitated by Leelanau Christian Neighbors, benefits two key needs: keeping shelves stocked at Leelanau food banks and affording funds for Blessings in a Backpack’a program which assures that over 180 impoverished children receive a backpack filled with food to keep them nourished over the weekends when they’re not at school. The 20-plus-year-old Leelanau Christian Neighbors helps coordinate the donations.
Tickets to Sips & Soups are quickly approaching sell-out and participants are encouraged to purchase their tickets soon. The self-guided wine & food tour begins at noon on Saturday, January 20th and ‘Sip & Soup-ers’ have the entire afternoon until 5 pm to navigate their way from winery to winery to enjoy anything from Artichoke & Asiago Bisque paired with Dry Riesling and Hearty Beef and Vegetable Soup paired with Pinot Noir to Hungarian Mushroom Soup paired with Gew++rztraminer and White Chicken Jalepe+¦o Chili (from Art’ Tavern of Glen Arbor) paired with Pinot Gris.
Get tickets, the full menu and more details at www.lpwines.com/events/sips-soups.
The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail is a member-driven, winery association founded in 1998. The mission of the association is to spread the word about all the good things happening along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. The trail is divided into three mini-trails for easy touring: the Sleeping Bear Loop, the Northern Loop and the Grand Traverse Bay Loop. The Leelanau Peninsula AVA is home to 20-plus wineries located within diverse microclimates uniquely suited for a variety of wine grapes. Among the internationally acclaimed varietals are Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The local wines continue to achieve national and international accolades with each passing vintage.
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