Each season brings new varietals to the Grand Hotel wine cellars from family owned wineries in Michigan and California. For the past 30 years Grand Hotel has partnered with L. Mawby Winery located on the Leelanau Peninusula in Northern Michigan and for 15 years with Trinchero Family Estates located in Northern California. Every season both wineries create signature wines only available at Grand Hotel.
L. Mawby Winery produces some of the best sparking wines in the State of Michigan – two of which are specifically crafted and served at Grand Hotel each season. Both wines are served for different occasions. The Blanc Blanc is on the Captain’s list in the Main Dining Room. Guests may enjoy this Chardonnay based wine each evening with the five-course dinner. The Blanc Blanc is a variant of one of their best selling sparkling wines currently in distribution. It is Chardonnay based and a classic variety of Champagne. The grapes are harvested and produced every year on their 13 acres of land in Northern Michigan. About 10 years ago we determined a need for a wine that could be produced is a larger quantity due to demand but maintain the same quality. This is when the Blanc Noir was developed and is available to larger groups or conventions. It is a Pinot Noir based wine and uses a tank fermented process in replace of a more traditional fermenting process that takes much longer. Both are dry sparkling wines using different grapes and production process but result in the same high quality product served only at Grand Hotel. We value the Michigan heritage of this winery and are proud to to bring Michigan wine selections to our wine lists for all of our guests.
Trinchero Family Estates provides Grand Hotel with four to five varietals every year. Each season winemakers from the Estate travel the California coast to find the best growing areas in the region. They follow different vintages and find out where the best fruit is coming from in order to develop the most high quality wines for the following season. Every year the wine they provide Grand Hotel is unique and a result of a combination of blends from different regions. In the early Fall Trinchero travels to Mackinac Island with multiple bottle of wine without labels or descriptions. Executive Chef Hans Burtscher, the Head Wine Sommelier, and Dan Musser, President of Grand Hotel gather to taste and decide on what will be developed and served the following season. Each of the wines we choose Trinchero then goes back to blend to make ready for the market in late April. Next season you will find Pinot Noir which is a favorite but changes yearly, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and a Cabernet. In addition we will have a special vintage of Barbera that will only be produced in small quantity as the fruit will come from the Piedmont region of Italy. Our private wine label selections are available in the Main Dining Room, bars, and off-site restaurants. We value the family owned philosophy of Trinchero and are excited every season to bring a part of Napa Valley to Mackinac Island.