Curious about harvest? Take a peak here for an inside look at pictures taken at our Old Mission and Suttons Bay wineries.
Another great review of Northern Michigan that also includes very nice comments about Black Star Farms.
“Black Star Farms on the Leelanau Peninsula celebrates northern Michigan’s agricultural bounty. In addition to its winery and tasting room, this extraordinary working farm includes a creamery creating European-style cheeses, a market featuring regional produce and a cafe serving oven-fresh pizza and pastries.”
Featured in an article in Country Living ( August, 2009) by Damaine Vonada
ABC News this morning did a feature on the Michigan Wine Industry. Take a look.
Here’s the recipe for the chili served at this year’s Harvest Stompede.
1 lbs. ground pork
1 lbs. ground beef
2 TB olive oil
1 1/2 cups of onion
1 cup celery
1 1/2 cup of peppers
32 oz. beef stock
16 oz. chicken stock
32 oz. crushed tomato
16 oz. Mexican chili beans
1 TB chopped garlic
1/4 cup cup mild chili powder
1/4 cup hot chili powder
2 TB cumin
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire
1 cup Black Star Farms Red House Red wine
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a heavy stock pot brown ground meats strain and remove. Add oil, onion, celery, and peppers. Saute till translucent then add meat back to mixture. Add both stocks, tomato and chili beans. Bring to a simmer and add dry ingredients with red wine and Worcestershire. Simmer chili for 1 hour and enjoy!
October brings grape harvest, beautifully colored leaves, and Halloween to northern Michigan. If you’re a Halloween fan and ready to be scared silly, come on out to the farm on any Friday or Saturday night (weather permitting) during October and join in on our Haunted Hayrides. They’ll leave between 6 and 9:30 from our Hearth & Vine Cafe. The price is $10 per person and they’re recommended for anyone over 12. Hearth & Vine will be open late with snacks, wine and hot cider available. Contact the Inn at 231.944.1251 for more information, and be be prepared for a spooky good time. Boo!
“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat…” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) and after that it’s off to the press where they become perfect to drink.
This past week both wineries have been pressing local pears for our Black Star Farms Pear Wine, Sirius Pear Dessert Wine, and Spirit of Pear Eau de Vie Brandy. The Old Mission winery processed 38 boxes of pears with all of the juice going into the Pear Eau de Vie Brandy – now being distilled at Old Mission. The Suttons Bay winery processed 20 boxes and still has another 20 to go. This juice will go into the lovely semi-sweet Black Star Farms Pear Wine.
Cinnamon, sugar, and spice make our Hard Apple Cider oh so nice! Enjoy a glass at your next tailgate, evening by the fire, or after a long day of raking leaves. We’ve tried many recipes and have found the one below to yield the best results.
1 bottle Black Star Farms Hard Apple Cider
6 oz. water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
a couple sprinkles of ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and give it a good stirring. Heat gently (for approx. 30 minutes), but do not boil, and do not stir again. Skim off the spices on top, serve and enjoy.
Photographer Ken Scott is a member of 9 Bean Rows CSA and takes pictures of the bounty he receives weekly. In April he posted a short video on YouTube that we thought you’d enjoy.
We are proud to announce our recent awards at the 32nd Annual Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition. This year the competition included 24 wine experts and a list of 395 entries from wineries across the state. Local judges included Amanda Danielson, owner of Trattoria Stella, and Master Sommelier Ron Edwards of Petoskey. Other judges included three Master Sommeliers, and internationally known authors, winemakers and wine educators.
Of the 14 Double Gold winners Black Star Farms received medals for the 2008 Arcturos Dry Riesling as well as the Sirius Raspberry Dessert Wine. The 2008 Arcturos Dry Riesling also took the special Judges Merit Award – a high honor award.
Gold medals were awarded to Black Star Farms 2007 Be Dazzled sparkling wine and the unique Spirit of the Vineyard Red Grappa. The 2008 Arcturos Late Harvest Riesling, 2008 Arcturos Sur Lie Chardonnay, 2007 Arcturos Cabernet Franc, are amongst many of our other wines that received silver medals.
A complete list of medal-winning wines is available online at www.michiganwines.com. The competition is sponsored by the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, which is administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.