Like most people from the Detroit area (as well as a good group from Chicago) we make periodic trips to the Traverse City area of the Lower Peninsula. Some go there every year in the fall for the color of the change of season. We prefer to go, to check out the wineries and the numbers of them have increased immensely and we also go for the food.
One of the hidden treasures, and I do mean hidden is in the town or village of Ellsworth called The Rowe Inn. It is a restaurant that offers seasonal changes in the menu, and strives to have that European feel of a French country inn. They have earned many accolades including the DiRona and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The dining experience begins with great appetizers from pates to seafood, a choice of fresh salads and entrees that encompass choices for everyone. Duck, (for me), steaks, chicken, pork, and fish all prepared perfectly to make the trip there worth it.
We had a bottle of Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon from the Jack London vineyard in Sonoma Valley in California. This was a big Cabernet heavy in tannins, deep color and great legs, with a full after taste that kept you wanting another taste. The restaurant has a nice selection of wines and they now offer the wines at a retail price as well as a restaurant (dining in price).