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Michigan By the Bottle Podcasts with Lee Lutes

What is terroir? Can red wine really be made in Michigan? How exactly is ice wine made? Watch and learn as winemaker Lee Lutes participates in an interactive tasting with Shannon and Cortney Casey from Michigan By the Bottle.  Wines sampled include: 2008 Arcturos Pinot Gris, Red House Red, 2007 Vintner’s Select and the 2007 A Capella Ice Wine. For more information on the wines vist our wines page.

A big thank you to Shannon and Cortney for their support and constant promotion of our state’s wine industry.  Take a look at what they are writing, podcasting and tasting by following them on Facebook or Twitter @MichbytheBottle or by subscribing to their blog.

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By |May 5th, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

MI Cheese Makers Unite

Under a grant from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Cooperative Development, eleven Michigan cheese makers have formed the Michigan Cheese Makers Cooperative to help market their artisan cheeses in Michigan.   Leelanau Cheese Co. is one of the founding members.  Owner Anne Hoyt says,

It’s hard to do things yourself; there’s more power as a team.  You want to know how you can help each other. We can share new ideas, new cheeses and recipes. We’ve never had anyone to share these with before. It’s very exciting.

Eat and enjoy Michigan cheese!

By |April 26th, 2010|Creamery, Featured, Media, Tasting|1 Comment


Pure Michigan is previewing their 2010 ad campaign this week.  Part of Fresh was filmed at Black Star Farms.  Can you spot us?

If you’re having trouble finding us, look below for a peek at just how much goes into making a 30 second ad.

By |April 22nd, 2010|Creamery, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Stables, Tasting|0 Comments

2-Day Dressage Clinic at the Stables

Black Star Stables proudly presents a two day clinic with Kim Barteau

Monday April 26 & Tuesday April 27, 2010

Kim has been training horses for over 20 years. He and his Wife Yvonne have established KYB Dressage, at the beautiful Grand Prix Equestrian facility in Maple Park Illinois. Kim’s understanding , knowledge and technique on training has been honed by years of success and multiple victories for his most frequent students : Yvonne Barteau, Kassie Barteau, and Endel Ots. The KYB ‘ Every Horse is special’ philosophy has helped bring success to many horse and rider combinations. For more on Kim, please check out the KYB website,

You are welcome to join as an auditor, for more information please contact: Kari Merz (231) 944-1290 or

Audit Fees: $30 for one day or $50 for both days

By |April 21st, 2010|Stables|2 Comments

Michigan By the Bottle Reviews Matterhorn Grill Dinner

If you’re a fan of fondue, you’ll likely enjoy the laid back feel of grilling at your own pace, dousing your creations with as little or as much of the cheese as you like, and delighting in the shifting tastes of the wines as the meal progresses.

Watch this great video to learn more about our Matterhorn Grill Dinners at TASTES of Black Star Farms from Shannon and Cortney Casey at  Michigan By the Bottle.

By |April 21st, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Sneakers, Derby Hats and Wine

In the spirit of the Kentucky Derby and a goal to help Horse North Inc. raise funds, TASTES of Black Star Farms and Left Foot Charley have teamed up to host Run for the Rosés. The event will take place on May 1st and is a pair of foot races between TASTES and Left Foot Charley in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.  Don’t miss this outrageously fun event complete with crazy derby inspired hats, cups full of pink water, prizes and tastings of rosé wine at both wineries. There is a suggested donation of $5 for each participant with a 100% of the proceeds to benefit Horse North Rescue in Fife Lake.

For questions or to register in advance please call or email Coryn at Black Star Farms at 231-944-1311 or

By |April 17th, 2010|Event Planning, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|4 Comments

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Traverse City

Planning your travel itinerary for the season? Let us help you discover why Traverse City should be on your list of places to visit – especially if you are a wine lover and a foodie.  Top five reasons to visit include:

1. Traverse City is number one on Foodie Finds: 10 Surprising Food Cities. 

“Known as the Cherry Capital of the World, the Lake Michigan resort town of Traverse City does a pretty good job with other foods too. With plenty of award-winning restaurants, wineries, farmers markets and dairies, Traverse City has been called “a new foodie haven” by The Huffington Post“…read more.

2.  The area was recently named one of the Best Midwest Food Towns by Midwest Living.

“If Disney World had a Foodland, it might look a little like Traverse City, Michigan (population: 142,000). Too-cute-to-be-true storefronts line downtown’s Front Street”…read more.

3.  We have world class award winning wines with Riesling being the most popular variety in the region.

“This complex and cold-hardy German varietal, the stuff of youthful hangovers and wine-geek reverence, has put Michigan winemaking on the map and runs the spectrum from racy and dry to thick and sweet”…read more.

4.   If you are a Michigander or a Midwestner that has never tried our wines you may be pleasantly surprised like former Midwesterner Andrew Putz, Editor in Chief of Boston Magazine.

“The more I heard friends gush about the wine country near Traverse City, Michigan, the more curious I became. So I began to investigate. I’d always thought Michigan too cold to grow grapes, but I learned that this part of the state lies near the 45th parallel, just like Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace”…read more.

5. We have chocolate, cherries and plenty of wine – all of which can be sampled in one form or another at our wine trail events throughout the year. You can find a complete listing of events on either the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail or the Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trial websites.

There are also art galleries, brew pubs and miles of beaches…What more do you need? For more information about the Traverse City area including lodging and special offers visit the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau.




By |April 8th, 2010|Event Planning, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Student Tour at Black Star Farms Old Mission

Fostering new knowledge and growth for students is something we take to heart at Black Star Farms. Tours of the farm and winery are provided monthly by Don Coe & Lee Lutes.  Tours are often given to culinary students, aspiring winemakers, business students or anyone else who is interested in learning about agricultural tourism, grape growing and winemaking. We feel strongly about providing a foundation of knowledge for individuals aspiring to become a part of this industry or an industry directly related to ours.
We were recently able to capture a short video of a tour Lee hosted with a Michigan State University student at our Old Mission winery. As part of a class called “Wines and Vines” at Michigan State University with Dr. Ron Perry she had a requirement to visit a Michigan winery and she choose us. Lee provided a tour of the winemaking facility as well as a brief introduction to the distillation process and the spirits that we produce at Black Star Farms.  This video highlights Lee’s talk about distillation and was videoed at the distillery in our Old Mission winery facility.


By |March 30th, 2010|Event Planning, Farm, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Matterhorn Grill "Awesome"

The folks at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons have finally discovered the Matterhorn Grill dinners at TASTES.

Dinner was so much fun :)  We grilled, we drank, we ate, & we laughed, never bothering anyone, since we were nestled in a semi-secluded nook inside the tasting room.

Check their blog entry for March 23rd to read what else they had to say.

By |March 25th, 2010|Featured, Tasting|0 Comments

Chocolate, Cherries, Cheesecake & Wine

Mother-Daughter Bonding in Traverse City

Thanks Marcia Frost for choosing to vacation up north and for sharing your experience to your readers.

The mother-daughter getaways began nearly 15 years ago as a celebration of my daughter’s “double-digit” birthday. It was our first adventure alone together and it was to Nassau in the Bahamas. For years we made a habit of annual trips to beach locations around the Caribbean. Of course, the trips changed quite a bit over the years as the 10 year old turned into an adult.

It’s been a tough few years for various reasons and we haven’t had a getaway for the two of us in awhile. When I had the opportunity to bring someone on my trip to Traverse City, I thought it would be great to make it mother-daughter time….read more about this wonderful trip to our beautiful corner of Michigan.

By |March 23rd, 2010|Event Planning, Featured, Inn, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments