big LITTLE, Mixtape Blend, Leelanau Peninsula, 2019

Style: Full-body white             Vintage: 2019              ABV: 13%

Appellation Leelanau Peninsula      Region: Michigan     County: United States

The grapes are grown and picked together for this field blend.  The wine is fermented slow and cold and bottled with residual grape sugars.

Tasting notes

Pink grapefruit, sweet tart, refreshing acidity 

Pairings: Latin and Asian foods, BBQ

Other notes

My brother and I remember making mixtapes of carefully arranged tracks meant to convey a specific message to the listener.  So too our wine, Mixtape, was made to capture the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Mixtape is a field blend of several varietals.  We fermented this wine at cooler temperature to capture the fresh fruit aromas.  Balanced with a touch of sweetness, this wine will have you pining for auto-reverse.


In 2003, our parents planted two acres of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir vines on an old cherry farm in the Leelanau Peninsula.  We had been visiting the area for years: spring, summer, fall, and winter.  We would spend time with our grandparents and marvel in the beauty of this area.  Now we had new purpose, a plot of land and two thousand vines with which to craft wines we loved and could relate to.

Over the following seven years, the land’s magnetism drew us from other careers to this place with this common goal in mind.  By 2010, we were both living and working here. Our first vintage together brought good weather and great fruit.  Learning winemaking through hands-on, heads-down hard work, and help from this area’s respected winemakers, we produced a pair of unique wines that express the fruit and our style in a way we hope you enjoy.

Big and Little brother, making Big wines from this Little Peninsula.