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  • Thanksgiving at Grand Hotel

Enjoy some wine suggestions for the holidays from Grand Hotel Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer.

The preparations are being made and the menu is extensive. Let me offer some wine suggestions to make this part of your gala a bit easier.

Sparkling wine is always a good choice, it acts as an aperitif and can hold up throughout the dinner with its lightness and firm acid.

  • Sparkling Suggestion: Bower’s 2896 Brut Rosé

Always a crowd-pleaser, Riesling is a strong choice either semi-dry or with a touch of sweetness.

  • White Wine Suggestions:
    • Trefethen Dry Riesling or Black Star Farms Late Harvest Riesling
    • New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
    • Lightly oaked Chardonnay such as Calebread Cellars

Your red wines should also be lighter and fruitier to not overwhelm the many flavors on your menu. Beaujolais, Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir are good examples of this.

  • Red Wine Suggestions:
    • Stolpman Love you Bunches Gamay
    • Dubeauf Beaujolais
    • Et Fille Pinot Noir, and Frank Family Zinfandel

Don’t worry too much about your wine choices, enjoy this time with family and loved ones. That is the best pairing of all!

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Romance on Mackinac

Celebrate your special occasion at Grand Hotel, the perfect location to get away from it all for your anniversary, honeymoon or romantic getaway. Choose from two packages depending on your ideal vacation.

During a romantic two-night stay, take time for yourselves to sit back, relax, and indulge, while we take care of all the details with flowers, fudge and champagne, fine dining and more; plus add even more romance with a private horse-drawn carriage ride and Afternoon Tea, available on the longer length of stay package.