Left Foot Charley

Country of Origin: USA
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
People: Bryan & Jen Ulbrich, Owners | Bryan Ulbrich, Winemaker | Drew Perry, Oenologist


Left Foot Charley 2016 Pinot Blanc, Island View Vineyard, Old Mission Peninsula Login In Stock
Left Foot Charley 2017 Pinot Blanc, Old Mission Peninsula Login In Stock
Left Foot Charley 2017 'Le Caban' Riesling, Old Mission Peninsula New! Login In Stock
Left Foot Charley 2016 Dry Riesling, Old Mission Peninsula Login In Stock
Left Foot Charley 2016 Riesling, Old Mission Peninsula Login In Stock
Left Foot Charley 2013 Riesling, Seventh Hill Farms, Old Mission Peninsula Login In Stock
Left Foot Charley 2017 Blaufrankisch, Benzie County Login In Stock
Left Foot Charley (19.6 L) 'Cinnamon Girl' Apple Cider, Michigan (Keg) Login
Left Foot Charley (19.6 L) Off Dry Cider, Michigan (Keg) Login In Stock
Left Foot Charley (500 ml) NV 'Cinnamon Girl' Apple Cider, Michigan Login In Stock
Left Foot Charley (500 ml) 'Henry's Pippin' Hard Apple Cider, Michigan Login In Stock

Media Links
Daily Herald: Buffalo Grove native's Left Foot Charley part of Growing Hard Cider Trend
Wine Enthusiast: 10 American Wines to Be Thankful For
Chris Kassel's Intoxicology Report: Bryan Ulbrich - Putting his Left Foot Forward
Cider Craft Magazine: 19 Bottles fo Cider
Edible Communities: Left Foot Charley - Estate Wines, from the Ground to the Glass
The New York Times: 20 Winter Wines for $20
Travel + Leisure: 4 New Wine Regions to Watch
Eat Drink TC: Left Foot Charley, Doug Frost and the Jefferson Cup

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Cream’s one and only Michigan producer is Left Foot Charley. It is an honor to represent this winery, which is defining northern Michigan wine. Owner and winemaker Bryan Ulbrich is transforming grapes from small, site-specific vineyards into delicious wines that express purity of fruit and great, balanced acidity.

Bryan Ulbrich moved from the Chicago suburbs to Traverse City in 1993 to craft Riesling. He spent 11 years at one of the area’s pioneer wineries, Peninsula Cellars on Old Mission Peninsula, learning all aspects of production. In 2004, a new vineyard owner called upon Bryan to help him save his Riesling crop from imminent disaster. From this, Ulbrich’s first batch of dry Riesling was born and so was Left Foot Charley.

The winery produces around 6,000 cases (as of 2015) and is located in the former Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane in Traverse City, Michigan. The urban environment has served to bring the terroir to the people. Left Foot Charley has a committed focus on white wine varietals, hard cider, and sparkling wine.

Throughout Northern Michigan there are numerous small vineyards owned and farmed by individuals who do not have wineries. The grapes are often sent to giant blends. Many of these viticulturists are excellent farmers and deserve to see their work turned into wine. Owning no vineyards himself, Bryan has teamed up with Northern Michigan’s best 18 growers to produce wines that display the range of aroma and flavor found among the glacially tilled hills of our appellations. Lake effect, soil composition, vineyard aspect, and grower mentality shape these flavors. Bryan works only with growers who take pride in their vineyard. As he states, “When they have that pride, they want to taste that in the bottle.” Each vineyard ranges in size from one to six acres. The growers sell only to LFC, and the commitments go beyond simple cash per ton arrangements. Through mutually established goals, their farms are defining terroir in the appellations. In the true nature of partnership, as these wines get discovered and demand for them increases, the growers will be paid a higher price for their grapes. This reflects the true spirit of partnership, for as the winery grows and prospers, so do the farmers.