While we were up in the wine country, we took a side excursion to another village that we have been to before. We went to Frankfort, Michigan which sits on the Betsy Bay. There is quite a marina just off of Lake Michigan and the main street runs for about six blocks with an assortment of restaurants, taverns, inns and little shops. We also had a chance to walk along the beach, which I have to say is more invigorating to my Bride than for me. Frankfort reminds her of her youth at her family’s cottage up in Canada.
We also stopped and had a bite to eat at Villa Marine Bar. The last time we were in Frankfort, we were meeting up with friends and The Caller had gotten there early and he enjoyed some drinks sitting out on the back terrace overlooking the marina. Now, it was our turn to check it out. The back terrace was on the main floor, but because of the hill that sloped down from the main street, we were on the second floor in the back of the building and it was a beautiful way to relax and enjoy the day. The menu was decidedly bar food and we kind of figured that out, so we weren’t planning on anything special, just a nice setting. My Bride had the Barbequed Pulled Pork sandwich and I had the “Polish Reuben” which was charbroiled kielbasa with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on Marbled Rye bread. The companionship and the vista made up for the menu.
We also went for something cold to drink and we had some chilled wines. My Bride had the Four Vines Naked Chardonnay 2015 from the Santa Barbara County part of the Central Coast of California. I think that they call the wine “Naked” because it is un-oaked, which for years an oaky wine was the norm on the West Coast. This was a bottle of pure Chardonnay that aged on the lees for six months in Stainless Steel for a crisp unfussy taste, which on a hot day was delightful. I had a Portuguese Rosé which in my youth was where all that types of wine were noted for, think of Mateus. The Caves de Cerca Famega Rosé 2016 had just a touch of sweetness to be enjoyable with a pretty soft color. The indicative blend of grapes for this wine would be Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Nacional, which are the three most popular grapes for this region outside of Albarino. The funny thing is that every time that I have this type of wine, I think back to the Sixties and Seventies and most men would not order it out in public, because it was not a “manly” drink, but you know what? I enjoy the flavor and taste of a chilled Rosé.