Saturday, June 2, 2018

Review: 2 Lads Winery, Traverse City

This weekend was my first ever wine tasting! Now, if you've read me previously you will know that I am not much for drinking, but it was a group thing and pretty fun!

2 Lads winery on Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan is gorgeous. Not only is the building something Wright himself would be proud of, but the views are spectacular! The Grand Traverse Bay is right across the street, basically, and the rows and rows of grapevines are really satisfying.

At 2 Lads the tasting is only $7 and you get five pours. If I drink wine at all, let it be sparkling! And, boy, it was! When it's your turn to sample, the group is welcomed over to the bar and you're given a sassy tasting menu to choose your samples from. A helpful barista pourer walked through any questions we had, no matter how ridiculous. (Does it taste like feet? Can I try just the tangerine dreams? What do your dreams taste like?) She was top notch and really knew her chiz. Trust ya' staff.

I was thrilled to pick all three from the Classic Sparking variety: Sparkling Pinot Grigio, Sparkling Rose and Crisp Sparkling. By time I got to Crisp I was a little done with wine since it was basically breakfast (I drank half) so I shared that one with a buddy who went and bought TWO bottles of it! So that should tell you something bout it! But by time Joe and Mike tried my glass it was too late for me to want it back. My fault. (it was good, I'm just not used to wines)  I also chose one from the 2 Lads Reserve section which was worth two pours. I chose the 2016 Reserve Chardonnay- " produced in just 5 new French Oak barrels, this Reserve Chard is finished in a classic Burgundian style. Lemon and Stony minerality is enhanced with fresh baked toffee brittle and a creamy finish from 6 months contact on the Lees." I didn't get all of that in the wine taste (is it supposed to be?) BUT it's all apparent in the aftertaste (of cookies)! But $44 is a little much for an aftertaste, I hear... 

The prettiest!

We had a really good time giggling over wines. Glass after glass poured between the six of us, and unlike what I heard, nothing was spat out because that's weird. I joke. A little. The menus were pretty good if you're into sarcasm like I. The description on each is like Leslie Knope doing an April Ludgate impression while drunk on Nutri-yum bars and red wine.
See for yourself:
A crisp underworld!

I loved it. I found some neat rocks in the fields, had a blast with my friends and saw my first ground squirrel. What a time was had!

If you're up in northwest Michigan and want to take a wine tasting tour then Old Mission Peninsula is for you! 2 Lads was tons of fun, the Crisp Sparkling is amazing but the aftertaste of that Reserve section is desserty and delightful! It's well worth your time and dollars, believe me! We went to another spot that had a cute dog but NO sass and it just wasn't as much fun! 2 Lads keeps it real, keeps it clever! We will absolutely be back here. Husband is already out of Pinot.

23 comments:

  1. wow ive never been but this looks like such a great winery! im a big pinot fine myself!

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  2. Sounds like fun! I haven't been to a wine tasting in years. But like you, I don't drink very often. But it maybe something my two sister's and I could do. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I have never been and would love to experience something like that

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  4. Wow, five pours for only $7 is a great deal for wine tasting! I love trying new sparkling varieties of wines. The menus are a fun touch, and keep it memorable.

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  5. This looks like a great place to grab wine for a great deal! Thank you! You've inspired me to hunt down a good wine tasting in my area.

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  6. omg I was just thinking about how much I miss the wineries back home.. this place looks awesome to visit and try out some local wines for sure...

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  7. That sounds like a really fun wine tasting!

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  8. Wow a beautiful post. The winyards are a great attraction and one I would live to visit some day. Thanks for sharing some great details and the visuals compliments the writing. I have never travelled to this part of the world and would live to visit some day.

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  9. This post is so nice to read. We haven't been to a vineyard before, but it sounds like a lot of fun! Loved the pictures too :)

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  10. I’ve never been to one but it’s in my bucket list

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  11. Yes, this looks absolutely cool. $7 for five pours sounds absolutely fair, thats great to hear.
    So does it taste like feet? Hahaha how to even give a correct answer to this? :)
    Some very nice overall impressions about the winery, must have truly been great fun to visit.

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  12. I had no idea Michigan had wineries and was known for wine country. I love going to a good tasting and I'm with you, no spittoon for me! I drink everything, especially when the winery charges for tasting.

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  13. I love nothing more than a good wine tour! It's also interesting to know that there are wineries in Michigan; I've not yet visited when in the US. I live between London and Italy, and so drink plenty of good wine! Really in the mood for a glass now.

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  14. $7 for 5 pours? That's a steal! I also love sparkling. It is great to know that at 2 Lads, they have so many varieties!

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  15. I'm a wine lover and it is in my goal to visit many vineyards to many places around the world. I think being a wine maker is such a very delicate and respectable job, because wines are genuine. It takes time to mature, and lasts longer.

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  16. I just love wine and wine tasting. I love that you got so much for $7 (5 pours) I'm debating if i would be a little drunk after that. I love sparkling wine too so glad they gave you the option to have some as part of your tasting.I have not been to michigan so i woll definitely add this to my list for when l go.

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  17. 2 lads winery in Michigan sound like a fun place to have some wine tasting! For only 7$ for 5 pours...I think I will have second tasting! I myself dont drink alcohol very often but I like to chill and chat with good friends over a glass of wine so the 2 lads winery is a good place! Thanks for the recommendatiob!

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  18. Very interesting, I did not know that Michigan grows wine. I am from California and winery visits are one of the greatest things this state has to offer. We love to explore new wine areas and taste their wines. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Northern Mich is almost nothing but! all fruit wines, not just grapes. A lot of cherry brands, too!

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  19. Ooh this sounds so much fun, and being a wine lover myself, 2lads winery will be a great visit. $7 for five pours is such a reasonable price for a tasting session. If it tastes as good as you have described, I would surely go for a round or two more.

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  20. $7 for 5 wine pours is a resonable deal. Also this winery looks awesome on outskirts of Michigan. Wow you spotted a ground squirrel too. Lovely place with reasonable rates.

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  21. You started it just the way I would have done it. I have rum tasting but never wine in a winery. And I am not much into drinking, rather I don't appreciate the taste. However, there are a lot of people who relish and look forward to wineries. This one looks great too. You did have a great time. Everything is a learning.

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