Est. 2015

​​Tasting Room ​​
240 W. Main St.
[email protected]

We provide 10% Military discounts with ID and 10% mixed case
$8 Wine flights include 6 samples and souvenir glass $5 with wine purchase
FREE with case purchase
​​​​​​The Rusty Pelican is an independent specialty merchant located in downtown Gaylord, Michigan.  Browse our extensive selection of wines, gifts, foods and beverages.  We represent many different local artists and carry products made right here in Gaylord.  Our Tasting Room offers over 80 different wines, including Tropical & Berry wines and is open when we are.  Relax and enjoy a personalized shopping experience.  It is our pleasure to help you. 
                        -Cassie Meredith                                  
Our Pelican Points program includes perks!
  1. Renowned Tropical Wine selection
    Renowned Tropical Wine selection
    Award Winning Tropical Banana, Key Limen, Mango Mamma and Coco Polada. Travel passport not needed for this island state of mind!
  2. Custom Gift Baskets
    Custom Gift Baskets
    Let us ease your shopping woes with our personally designed and budget friendly gift baskets. Made to order based on customer request.
  3. Our Tropical Tasting Room
    Our Tropical Tasting Room
    Let us guide you through our informative and educational wine tastings as you visit with friends. The choice is yours to try before you buy or we are happy to recommend wines based on personal taste.
  4. Wine Smoothies
    Wine Smoothies
    Our Wine Smoothies are out of this world good! 11 different flavors to choose from. "Wine + Mix + Ice = Magic"
  5. Try these delicious drink mixes
    Try these delicious drink mixes
    'Life is far too short not to have a little umbrella in your drink'
  6. Wine and so much more
    Wine and so much more
    Innovative and unique inventory. Leading the way we bring you the best products to choose from.
  7. Michigan Merchandise
    Michigan Merchandise
    Our logo shirts and hats are made locally. We also have a large selection of wine apparel.
  8. Wine Pouches
    Wine Pouches
    Wine to go! When you're in a "Wine-cation" state of mind.
  9. Look for us on Main Street!
    Look for us on Main Street!
    Located in the heart of downtown Gaylord next to Woolybuggers.
  10. The Original "Paint & Sip" Classes
    The Original "Paint & Sip" Classes
    In 2016, we created open Paint & Sip classes at The Rusty Pelican featuring a local artist. Our classes were held for over a year and we had a blast! Now we are developing new and exciting classes and events you'll want to be a part of. Check our calendar of events for updates!
  11. Gaylord Made products
    Gaylord Made products
    We cultivate and encourage local artists selling their works. A variety of different media and many different artists.
  12. Gaylordopoly
    From Gaylord maps to Gaylord games we have Gaylord PRIDE.
  13. Pelican Sangria
    Pelican Sangria
    Our signature wine is made for us by Seasons of the North Winery and celebrates our partnership!
  14. Mojo Spices
    Mojo Spices
    Made in Michigan gluten free spices and rubs by personal chef Daniel Mohle.
  15. Shoppers paradise
    Shoppers paradise
    Taste, Talk & Trek though our renovated boutique.
  16. Chilled wine & cheese
    Chilled wine & cheese
    Cheese selection and chilled wines for your convenience.
  17. Large Groups Welcomed!
    Large Groups Welcomed!
    Our bar accommodates groups up to 20 plus. Call for more info.
  18. My Salsa
    My Salsa
    Michigan made from mild to as hot as you can handle!
  19. Functional Art wooden wine racks, crates and holders
    Functional Art wooden wine racks, crates and holders
    Made in Gaylord out of indigenous woods entirely made by hand and designed with balance and engineering.
  20. Award wining Michigan Wines
    Award wining Michigan Wines
    Thunder Bay winery-Best Sweet Red 2016 Devil's River and Best Red 2018 Red Sky at Night.

Best New Business 2015
Best Gifts 2016
Best Gifts 2017
Gaylord Herald Times Nominations

Best Wine Tasting Room 2018
Best Winery 2018
Gaylord Herald Times Winner

NFIB Member since 2015

Taste The Local Difference
Retail Partner since 2017

Our story...

Both born and raised in Northern Michigan.  We've lived here most of our lives.  Our families have been here since the 1820's and 1860's.  A rich history of farmers, railroad engineers, loggers and soldiers.  In later years a history of butchers, seamstresses, bakers, salesmen, linemen, factory workers, teachers, writers and business owners.  My husband's family were some of the first to help establish Maryland serving on the colonial council.  My family has served in civic positions such as the mayor.  We understand the meaning of hard work, civic duty and patriotism.  Adventure and travel is also in our blood.  My family have been snowbirds since the early 1970's.  Spending time as a teenager in the temped island waterways of southern Florida, I developed a deep love of the Ocean like my love of The Great Lakes.  That grew my desire for exploring.  After graduating college I traveled extensively in my 20's and 30's.  Rafting the Colorado River, zip-lining in Jamaica, diving into a Mayan Cenote in Mexico and mountain      
Mike & Cassie Meredith 
biking down a Hawaiian volcano were just some of my adventures.  Along the way tasting and discovering new wines!  This led me to the Fruit wines of Florida.  I grew up knowing Michigan wines which gave me the idea to feature unique wines you've never heard of from smaller, family owned and operated wineries.

While living in Chicago as a licensed insurance professional I worked for a family winery out of Northern Illinois for FUN.  It was there that I gained extensive training and experience in their busy Chicago tasting room.  Which gave me the idea and the desire to do this at home.  Bringing that inspiration back to Gaylord with me.  Mike had adventures of
his own welding steel hundreds of feet up, submitting ideas for inventions, designing equipment for companies and owning a business.  We take a very openminded, adventurous approach to wine and think it should be experienced!  Our Island style combined with traditional and professional industry knowledge is something we want you to benefit from and enjoy. 
Great relationships with our wineries and customers is what we pride ourselves in.  We believe in quality, individual ideas and expressive creativity.  Backed by our combined nearly 40 years of prior business ownership, customer service, sales, business and marketing degree along with a bit of creative genes we gave up our careers to follow a dream. 





Established in 2015.  Founded in Gaylord our profits go back into the community.  We also support our community through donations, partnerships and volunteer work.  The first store of our kind in Gaylord, we wanted to bring the feel of a European Enoteca or wine boutique to downtown.  Where you can taste unique wines and purchase them at competitive winery prices.  You won't find our wines in grocery stores.  We also incorporate recycling into our everyday business practices. 

Our products are hand selected and varied.  We choose only the highest quality and our focus is on the small family owned businesses.  By featuring less known wineries we are bringing awareness to wines throughout Michigan including the East coast as we 1st referred to the Lake Huron wines.  As well as wines from other emerging states in the U.S. less known for wine.  Also, our wines are still handcrafted by families.  Some bottles are even hand labeled.   


Our attention to detail, friendly atmosphere and customer service is what we are known for.  Experienced and educated about many aspects of the wine industry including trends on many levels both local and national.  Privileged access to wine industry connections and resources.  Our expertise is not limited to the retail end but also includes varietals and viticulture areas in Michigan, areas of the United States as well as Europe.  And well...yes, we have FUN.