Wine Spectator recognizes Aerie, Rowe

ACME — Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s Aerie Restaurant & Lounge received its third consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Wine Spectator magazine gives its Award of Excellence to restaurants with wine lists featuring at least 90 selections. It is the third consecutive year Aerie has been recognized.

The magazine's award of excellence this year recognized 2,447 restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Two businesses in Harbor Springs also received the Award of Excellence: The New York Restaurant and Vernales Restaurant.

The Rowe, in Ellsworth, received the magazine’s Best of Award of Excellence — for the seventh year running. It is among 1,244 restaurants that received the 2019 designation, which honors wine programs that go a step further — it recognizes lists that display excellent breadth across multiple regions and/or significant vertical depth of top wines, along with superior presentation.

Digital marketing workshop slated

TRAVERSE CITY — A digital marketing workshop is scheduled for July 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in the McGuire Community Room at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Avenue.

The Traverse City Score chapter will host “Digital Marketing: Video Creation and Auto Podcasting.” Leading the workshop will be digital experts from OneUpWeb.

The workshop will provide tips on the importance of creating audio and video content for consumers.

For more information or to reserve a spot, visit

WW CEO, president to visit TC studio

TRAVERSE CITY — Florine Mark, the president and CEO of The WW (Weight Watchers) Group, Inc. will hold a workshop in Traverse City on July 11.

Mark will visit the WW Studio in Traverse City at 2572 Crossing Circle. The presentation titled “How you can get happier and healthier this summer” is scheduled from 10-11 a.m.

The event will feature giveaways, raffles, recipes and question and answer sessions with local WW coaches and guides. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support the Father Fred Foundation.

Three other community events will be held later this month at the WW Studio in Traverse City.

  • July 20 from 10:45-11:45 a.m. “Everything you need to know about essential oils” with Ruthanne Agosa of A Beautiful You Massage Boutique.
  • July 25 from 10:45-11:45 a.m. “How to prepare quick and easy summer bites” with Terri Matthis, WW food adviser and Pleva’s Meats
  • July 27 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. “Tips on how to shop on a budget” with Oryana Foods.

For more information, call 1-888-335-6746 or visit

Valentine whiskey makes list

FERNDALE — Valentine Distilling Company’s Mayor Pingree Black Label was one of Whisky Advocate’s 10 Highest Scoring Whiskies in the Summer 2019 Buying Guide.

Valentine Distilling Company president and founder Rifino Valentine is a Leelanau County native.

The Mayor Pingree Black Label scored 93 points to make the list of the 10 highest scoring whiskies. According to a release, Valentine was the only craft distillery and one of four from the United States to make the list.

More than 125 whiskies were reviewed in the Summer 2019 issue of Whisky Advocate, according to a release. Whiskies needed to receive 92 points or above to make the list.

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