Aerie Restaurant Celebrates Third Wine Spectator Award

Cheers from Grand Traverse Resort and Spa! We’re proud to announce that this July, Aerie Restaurant & Lounge received its third consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Wine Spectator magazine bestows the Award of Excellence to restaurants with wine lists featuring at least 90 selections that include a well-chosenAwardofExcellence19colorLogo.pngassortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Whether compact or extensive, focused or diverse, these lists deliver sufficient choice to satisfy discerning wine lovers.

Aerie is located just minutes away from the renowned wineries of Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas, which make up the Traverse Wine Coast. With Michigan’s wine country in the backyard, Aerie’s staff is dedicated to providing vintages from around the globe—including featured local wines.

“We put great effort into building a wine list that works for our guests from all over the world,” says Aerie manager and sommelier Alex Truck. “Creating this list is one of the more challenging, yet rewarding aspects of what we do. It is an honor to be included with the other recipients of this award who embark on a similar endeavor.”

To celebrate the award, Aerie will be offering a special $25 wine flight for the month of July. The flight includes three Wine Spectator “Top 100 Wines” bottles, including Charles Smith “Kung Fu Girl” (Columbia Valley, WA), Caparzo “Brunello di Montalcino” (Tuscany, Italy), and Tait “The Ball Buster” (McLaren Valley, Australia).

The Wine Spectator award isn’t the only thing new at Aerie—the restaurant debuted its “Share the Sweet” community giveback program this summer, in which $1 from every dessert goes to a local charity or nonprofit. In June, the program raised over $550 for Cherryland Humane Society. Future monthly partners include Women’s Resource Center, Michael’s Place, Reigning Liberty Ranch, FLOW (For Love of Water), Make-A-Wish Michigan, and Father Fred.

Aerie also kicked off a brand-new happy hour this season. The menu runs daily from 4 – 6 p.m. and features a selection of $5 wines, draft beers, and premium cocktails, with cheeky creations like “That’s My Jam” (rum, strawberry jam, lemon, simple syrup) and “Tiny Pink Bubbles” (pink gin, champagne syrup, sparkling wine). Appetizers are all under $10 and include truffle fries, veggie tempura, sliders, and more.