Spring Sip & Savor Wine Tour coming to Leelanau Peninsula April 30-May 1

The Spring Sip & Savor is annual celebration of spring’s return to the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula that takes place over the weekend of April 30th and May 1st. It’s the perfect opportunity to take friends and family out to enjoy Michigan’s largest wine trail to enjoy one of the most unique wine events in the country.

In addition to delectable wine and food pairings at 17 wineries on the Leelanau Wine Trail like caramelized leek and wild mushroom quiche, crab cakes or spiced pear & peach ginger crunch, the Sip & Savor offers you a chance to pull out that wild pair of PJs or crazy hat and try your luck in the Pajama and Fancy Hat contest. Participation in contest is of course totally optional, and while it may sound like child’s play, the prizes certainly aren’t!

Each winery will offer a special prize for different categories of hats and pajamas from "Most Effervescent Couple" to “Most Eye Opening” to “Most Leelanau” and all in attendance are eligible to be selected as the Grand Prize Winner. This year’s winner will receive two tickets to any LPVA trail event along with two nights lodging at any time during the year (subject to availability) at The Homestead Resort on Lake Michigan in Glen Arbor. They’ll also receive dinner for two with dessert at Leelanau’s authentic French country restaurant, La Becasse, Sunday brunch for two at the famous Bluebird in Leland and a wood-fired pizza from the Hearth & Vine Cafe, perfect for a lunch or a light meal out on the trail.

Even if you choose not to dress up, you still have opportunities to win! One lucky person who casts a vote for the Grand Prize winner will randomly be selected to win tickets to the 2012 Sip & Savor. Your chances don’t stop there, because you’ll learn the Sip & Savor Sunday Secret Word on Saturday. If a call comes to to the winery where you are early Sunday afternoon, all you have to do is be the first person to shout it out and you win two tickets to any Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Event!

The Spring Sip & Savor and a trip to the Leelanau Wine Trail is the perfect way for wine lovers to cap April, Michigan Wine Month. It’s specifically designed to be fun & friendly for both experienced wine drinkers and first-time drinkers and is one of the best ways to experience some of Michigan’s most spectacular scenery on the Leelanau Peninsula.

Tickets are $30 per person and include a commemorative LPVA coffee mug, wine and food pairings at participating wineries along with a $10 gift certificate that can be used for purchase at any LPVA winery. Participants may tour up to 8 wineries on Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00pm and another 8 on Sunday from noon to 5:00pm.

Tickets, lodging packages, food & wine pairings and PJ/Hat Contest categories are available online at www.lpwines.com/spring.

For more information on the 2011 LPVA Spring Sip & Savor, please contact Andrew McFarlane at 231-421-1172 or email info@lpwines.com. And please visit our website www.lpwines.com for information on Leelanau wine & wine events.