It is that time of year when our thoughts are aimed at the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is an annual occurrence, when my Bride makes a trip up there for business, before the deadly black fly season. There have been years past when I have made the trip with her, and we get a chance to try some new restaurants, as we meandered around that part of the state, even going so far as to be in another time zone. Alas the stars did not align properly and my Bride had to go there are her own, the “road warrior” that she is.
One of the nights she found herself in Marquette and she was planning on having dinner at a delightful restaurant that we both went to, and then she went the following year there again, but the restaurant was closed. She called her contact person in that city and asked for a restaurant recommendation and he suggested Vierling, so she walked until she found the place. She told me that the restaurant was very packed, but it was mostly people having drink and appetizers looking out on the lake. She informed that she was only the only single diner there, but she made the most of it. She started off with a bowl of Roasted Red Pepper Soup that she enjoyed. That was followed up with a dish of White Fish Scampi, a kind of unique dish of three large pieces of White Fish along with three large shrimps on a bed of Linguini with Parmesan cheese, with a side of fresh green beans sprinkled with green onions. She told me, that she had no room for dessert.
Her waitress suggested the new wine that they had just received from Francis Ford Coppola Winery and my Bride agreed. She remembered fondly the time that we took a tour and a private wine tasting at Niebaum-Coppola, the old Inglenook estate. She enjoyed the Coppola Rosso & Bianco Chardonnay 2014 which is an un-oaked Chardonnay with a California designation, so the fruit may be harvested from any where in the state. She said that it was light and very drinkable, and since she was walking back to her hotel, she had another glass of it and enjoyed the view.