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Monday, November 10, 2014

Uncle John's Cider Mill

Orchards in Autumn

You may recall seeing a visit to the Cider Mill on my October Bucket list, and it did not disappoint! I dragged James along (he wasn't difficult to convince) and headed out to a Michigan mill for the first time in years. We chose a beautiful, cold week night for it -- ideal, in order to miss the crowds that run around at most other hours and temperatures -- and caught the last few rays of sunshine.

Uncle John's Winery

We arrived just before sunset, and our first stop was the tasting room. Why wait? Uncle John's makes a wide variety of unique ciders and several kinds of wine, and also stock and sample some wider varieties of wine and liquor. Each patron can choose six to sample for free! I liked the American 150 cider best, and I would have loved to bring home a bottle of the Harvest White if they had any left to buy! We did end up bringing home a bottle of sparkling peach wine (it tastes like sparkling, clarified peach -- absolutely wonderful), although it isn't produced at Uncle John's.

Uncle John's Winery
Uncle John's Winery

From the winery we moved on to the cider, doughnuts, and other farm goods available for purchase. Mutti went a little crazy, and we came home with a pumpkin, a bunch of weird gourds, and several romanesco broccoli, along with the leftover doughnuts and cider from what we referred to as "dinner". Later, she decided that all these gourds were not enough for our Thanksgiving table later this month, and we went back for another bag full. I ask you.

Uncle John's Cider Mill
Uncle John's Cider Mill

It was a great night, and we have really enjoyed the spoils so far! I think we're going to have to turn it into a yearly thing -- who doesn't love a good old-fashioned harvest celebration? Uncle John's is open May-December every year, and has something of interest for people of all ages. Check their website to find the daily hours and events happening at any given time of the year.

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