Have you ever been to Sawyer, Michigan? No, you say? Well up until Saturday, August 10, 2013, I don’t think I had either. Sawyer is situated north of Three Oaks, Michigan, along I-94. It is about 50 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes northwest of Elkhart. It is located in an area that is referred to as Harbor Country along Lake Michigan. It is a summer resort community frequented by tourists and people who have summer homes along Lake Michigan.
Nestled in the middle of Sawyer is the establishment Sawyer Home and Garden Center. It is next to Fitzgerald’s restaurant and Greenbush Brewing Company. What more could you ask for than that? Sawyer Gardens is a Dean & Deluca, Fox & Obel, Whole Foods complete with rakes, shovels, plants, grass seed and garden accessories. All rolled into one place. The fun part is they also offer fresh produce, gourmet foods, gifts and, of course, a wine shop. You can spend a couple of hours in the place and never see and sample everything.
The Sawyer Garden’s wine shop has just started selling my three Napa Valley produced wines: the Glenwood Cellars Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc and the Tiedemann Signature Series Red. Every weekend during the summer season, Sawyer’s offers a wine tasting starting Friday evening from 4 to 7 pm, and continuing Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 pm.
They were presenting my wines on this particular weekend so I was there to help out. It was a great time. I met some wonderful folks and spent the afternoon with Cindy Haughey who is a first grade school teacher in real life and works at the wine shop the rest of the time. I was amazed at the depth of knowledge Cindy has about the 700 different wines offered in the shop. The wine director and buyer is Wendell Adair, a retired attorney who lives in Sawyer and is very passionate about wine. I don’t blame him…so am I. Thanks to Keith Schoenleber of Bud Distributing, my Southern Michigan wine distributor, for introducing my wines to Wendell and his team.
So, for some three and a half to four hours we poured the wine, provided cheese, crackers and chocolate to a lot of fun and interesting folks. For example, I met Ann and Jim Clark from the Chicago area who happily shared their favorite wine shops with me when they learned we were trying to get our wines into the Chicago market.
I wholeheartedly recommend that you set aside an afternoon sometime soon to visit Sawyer Home and Garden Center. Try some gourmet food, taste some award winning wine and be sure to say hello to Cindy and Wendell for me. If you have been to Sawyer Gardens I would love to hear your thoughts on the Center and some details about your experiences there.