Travelers Club goes local with organic wine list

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By RJ Wolcott
Meridian Times staff writer

OKEMOS The Travelers Club International Restaurant and Tuba Museum in Okemos recently adopted an all-organic wine list.

Owner William White said the list has brought the restaurant better wine.  White emphasized the importance of fresh fruit as well as having a pesticide-free product.

White said that customers appreciate the shift to an all-organic wine list. While some don’t have proper USDA organic certification, White said that the process is long and expensive for small businesses. White said that he believes his producers make a superior organic product.

The Travelers Club features 34 local wines. The list includes 14 white wines, three sparkling, 12 red and five dessert wines.

The Burgdorf Winery in Haslett has several wines at the restaurant.

The Burgdorf family has been making wines for 25 years, but the winery itself has been around for seven years.

The winery has 20 wines and offers wine-tasting parties year round. They also participates in numerous events locally including the Michigan Wine Celebration in April as well as the Wine Days of Summer Picnic Trail in August.

Jessica Kerbawy, an employee at Burgdorf’s, said that everything is done on site aside from growing and picking the fruit. Kerbawy also said that all the fruit used is fresh and grown local. She mentioned one variety,Sparkling White, which uses grapes grown on the Michigan State campus.

Burgdorf employees Jessica Kerbawy and Jen Litteral enjoy working at the winery

Jen Litteral, another employee, said, “It’s mid-Michigan’s best-kept secret.”

Kerbawy and Litteral also said that Burgdorf’s trademark was, “A moment in wine.”

Customers Tracey Soyez and Anna Kleppe said that there was a great selection of wines. They also said that the fruit wines were much more impressive than  those at other places.

Multiple varieties of Burgdorf wine as well as other Michigan made wines are at Travelers Club and Tuba Museum year round.

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