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Left Foot Charley

Left Foot Charley Left Foot Charley is a new winemaking project for white wine fanatic and winemaker Bryan Ulbrich. Bryan and his wife Jennifer have created this winery to discover the sublime in a glass of wine. Their goal is to find Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Blanc vineyards along Northern Michigan’s Left Coast with consistently intense fruit. That’s right - a white wine focus! The different varietals will be released in series over the next few vintages. The first volume in the series is a slightly dry Riesling grown on the Old Mission Peninsula.


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806 Red Drive, Traverse City, MI, US, 49684 Email:
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  Riesling, Old Mission Peninsula
Why Riesling? Riesling is elegance. Riesling is balance. Riesling is vibrant…indefinable by a single style. Riesling is an improvised harmony of sugar and acid, sung by nature and accompanied by the winemaker. Left Foot Charley’s debut Riesling was grown during a cool 2004 summer. The lame summer segued into a perfectly warm, sunny autumn on Old Mission Peninsula. This ripened the sugars while the acids remained firm. The fermentation lasted weeks before petering out with less than 1% residual sugar remaining. We let the wine simmer down and meld with the yeast for five months. Left Foot Charley likes his Riesling slightly dry – with Michigan whitefish. We bottled 200 cases. There would have been more if not for those scrappy starlings. Next year Charley will outsmart them. He’d better - next year he’ll have a second vineyard to tend …Pinot Grigio!


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