Traverse City, Mich., will turn into the City of Riesling July 27-28, to celebrate the signature grape of Michigan.
The event is founded by Sean O’Keefe of Chateau Grand Traverse on nearby Old Mission Peninsula and restaurateur and sommelier Amanda Danielson of Trattoria Stella and The Franklin in downtown Traverse City.
The inaugural event will feature German wine specialist and author Stuart Pigott.
Along with Traverse City-area Riesling growers and wineries from other key regions, collaborators at the event will focus on the diverse styles and age-worthiness of the wine made famous in Germany but well-established and earning accolades in Michigan, New York and other areas outside of Europe.
“Riesling’s range goes from bone dry to honey sweet, from feather light to tongue heavy and every single gradation and combination of those things,” Pigott says in a media release. “No other grape variety can do that.”
Pigott, who was born in the U.K. and lives in Berlin, has chosen to kick off the Midwest debut of his latest book at the fest: It’s titled “Best White Wine on Earth: The Riesling Story.”
Sunday’s events include the Riesling Oyster Riot at The Little Fleet from 3-5 p.m., and in the evening, the showing of Pigott’s film, “Watch Your Back: A Riesling Movie,” at Bijou by the Bay followed by the Night of 100 Rieslings, with a popup bar featuring Rieslings from all over the world staffed by Riesling professionals. The tasting will include live music by Girls with Guitars and a dinner by Epicure Catering.
Monday’s Salon Riesling events start at 11 a.m. at The Franklin restaurant in downtown Traverse City and will feature presentations and tastings by Pigott and other wine professionals.
For tickets and details, go to CityofRiesling.com.