Now and then I like to have a glass of wine, you may or may not believe that. Here I was on Mackinaw Island and we still found time to take a nice walk for a couple of miles, of course there are a lot of other people doing the same thing, especially when walking is the favored mode of transportation. We tried to keep on the straight and narrow, but she shops and I just look around. It would have been the perfect day for a cigar, but I gave them up, so now I am just another guy walking down the street. Of course, we (she) had to stop and look at some of the stores, because she wanted to buy gifts or perchance something looked so cute, she had to give it more study. Me, like I said, a cigar would have been good, but I have been good and I seldom even think about them anymore. We ended up at a wine bar, of course we have been there before.
Goodfellow’s Wine Cellar is a third of a complex that is in the lower front of the historic Lake View Hotel, of course just about every hotel on the island is historic and if you kind of step back and look beyond the storefronts, you really are amazed at the size of the buildings on the island. There are three Goodfellow entrances on the main drag. There is “Wings and Things,” the “Italian Chop House” and “The Wine Cellar.” I probably go to more Italian restaurants than any other style, or at least it seems that way, but we have never eaten there. We usually stop at The Wine Cellar have a nosh and a couple of glasses of wine and then walk back to the hotel. The nosh my Bride had her heart set on, was some Baked Brie and it was out of stock that day, so we had to rough it and just have some wine, I mean it is not like we were starving since we had gotten on the island and breakfast was wonderful, but no Mimosas, so no discussion about that meal. With all of the cases of wine, I knew that we could find a couple of glasses of wine to rejuvenate us for the long trek back.
I am forever trying to get my Bride to try something new, and most of the time it works, there have been a couple of times that she wasn’t thrilled with a wine, I guess it just meant more for me. She had a glass of Vignobles Domaine Laffourcade Savenieres 2016. Savenieres is a parish amidst the Anjou region of the Loire Valley and they are known for having rather strict yield restrictions for the vineyards and the grape for the region is Chenin Blanc. In the old days the region was known mostly for a sweeter wine, but now they produce from sweet to dry. This was a very good example of a Chenin Blanc, a bit chewy, more steely or minerally with a finish of chamomile. I wanted to try something different, because I had been drinking Cabernet Sauvignon and I had a glass of Laurent Dufouleur Bourgogne Pinot Noir “Le Minee” 2017. I could find almost nothing about Laurent Dufouleur, so I shall presume that they are a negocient and the grapes are from the Cote de Beaune. The wine had good color and nose for a Pinot Noir from Burgundy, but it was very young, so it didn’t have the nuances that I would look for, but it was also affordable to be served by the class. Just a nice way to spend a couple of hours and trying some new wines.