Tasting

2008 Sparkling Wine Reviewed on The Taste Spot

Recently released and oh so bubbly our 2008 Sparkling Wine was reviewed by Tony Brueski on thetastespot.com.  As Tony notes this is not a sweet style sparkling wine but a rather dry one made in the classic brut style.  This wine pairs well with an assortment of dishes as well as being wonderful on its own. 

LPVA Harvest Stompede Recipe

Roasted Corn and Butternut Squash Saladblogpicture

  • 12 ears of corn
  • 5 cups of diced butternut squash, about the size of the corn kernel
  • 1 cup of chopped green onions
  • ½ cup minced roasted garlic
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup finely diced red pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 3 tbsp chopped chives
  • ½ cup of good olive oil
  • ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Apple Cider Reduction

  • 2 Gallon apple cider
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup maple syrup

Roast corn, husk on, in preheated oven for 1 hour at 400 degrees. Let cool, peel cob and remove corn. Boil butternut squash for 10 minutes or until tender. Don’t overcook as they become mashed quickly. You want them to still be a bit firm. Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix well but gently as to not mash the squash. Let it set in the refrigerator for an hour or so to let the flavors infuse. Add all reduction liquids in a pot and bring to a boil. Be careful as this mixture tends to really bubble up. Simmer and let reduce for an hour or more until liquid becomes almost syrup like. I made a 4 gallon batch that reduced to maybe 4 cups. Set aside and let cool.

This is a great multi functional salad. I used this as a room temperature salad in a baked won-ton cup garnished with the reduction and pumpkin seeds for the LPVA event. The next day I used it as a hash for breakfast with a poached egg and hollandaise. Then I turned it into cakes for an appetizer! And finely, I added this mix in with some risotto and stuffed that in a portabella mushroom for dinner. Be creative and be sure to use seasonal local ingredients. Enjoy!

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Spotlight on TASTES

Traverse City Record Eagle writer Marta Helper Drahos had sampled raclette dinners in France and Germany, so when she “learned that a local tasting room/bistro offers European-style raclette right here in Traverse City, I thought it would be a fun way to catch up with foodie friends we hadn’t seen in a while.”

You can read about her recent experience at TASTES.  To experience the dinner yourself, just gather a group of 2 to 18 friends, call 231.944.1349, and book your evening.  TASTES is closed on Monday and serves their Matterhorn Grill dinners Wednesday-Saturday.

Black Star Farms is Named Winery of the Year at Detroit Uncorked

The Detroit Wine Organization (DWO) invites Black Star Farms and winemaker Lee Lutes to serve as Honorary Wine Chair for the 6th Annual Detroit Uncorked, where Black Star Farms is also being honored as the Winery of the Year.

Detroit Uncorked is one of the Midwest’s largest wine events, drawing over 400 wine-lovers to Dearborn’s Ford Conference and Event Center to sample hundreds of wines, great food, live entertainment and a silent auction. Event proceeds benefit The Children’s Center, one of Michigan’s largest providers of services to kids and families in-need. To-date, Detroit Uncorked has raised more than $350,000 for The Children’s Center.

Lee Lutes and Winery Administrator Laura Lawson will be attending the event on September 24th on behalf of Black Star Farms.  The event starts at 6pm and concludes at 10 p.m. Black Star Farms will be sampling eight different wines in the General Admission Area and a premium pour for the VIP area.

This year the DWO is shining the spotlight on Michigan wineries as well as Michigan craft beers. “We are honored to be named as the winery of the year at this prestigious event with a Michigan wine feature. It is great to be in the spotlight alongside the previous winners from California and other well-known wine regions,” notes Lee Lutes, Head
Winemaker at Black Star Farms.

Detroit Wine Organization is a non-profit organization with nearly 4,000 members. The organization hosts wine tasting and instructional activities throughout the year aimed at promoting the understanding and enjoyment of wine. All proceeds from events benefit local children’s charities. Membership is free. For more information, please visit www.detroitwine.org, or call 248-504-1962.

September: The Month for Pinot Noir

We would like to declare September as Pinot Noir month. To us it seems to be the perfect early fall weather wine. Cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, baked squash, apples, and everything else that signifies the onset of autumn make us think of this variety.  As a medium-bodied red it is the perfect choice to accompany many fall inspired recipes. We recommend roasted turkey, duck, or pheasant paired with wild rice and butternut squash on the side.

Winemaker Lee Lutes’ passion for Pinot Noir shows in the four different varieties we have on sale. Those include, 2007 A Capella Pinot Noir, the 2007 Isidor’s Choice Pinot Noir, the 2008 Arcturos Pinot Noir, and the newly released 2009 Pinot Noir. We are currently offering a 20% off on both the Isidor’s Choice and the 2009 Pinot Noir. Call 231.944.1270 to order or order on-line and enter PNSALE in the special instructions link.

The 2007 A Capella Pinot Noir was also recently reviewed on thetastespot.com. View the short review:

Cab Franc: A Winner

The stars have been aligned for us this month.  Our 2008 Arcturos Cabernet Franc was the overall winner in this year’s Harding’s Cup Challenge, beating out other Michigan Cab Francs as well as a couple of French challengers.

Check out what Michigan by the Bottle had to say about the competition.

We Can Ship to Texas

Do you live in Texas and love our wines? If so, we can now ship to you from way up here in Michigan. We are excited  to finally share our wines with our fans in Texas. Please let us know if we can assist you with the ordering process.

New Vibe on the Old Mission Peninsula

The wine industry on the Old Mission Peninsula continues to grow in all of the right directions.  Read more about it in this great article by Sandra Silfven at the Detroit News.  Be sure to view the video as well to learn more from some of the key players involved.

New vibe on Old Mission with more wineries, high quality | detnews.com | The Detroit News.

2010 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition

  

With three Best of Class trophies and a total of seven gold and double gold medals at the recent 2010 Michigan Wine Competition winemaker Lee Lutes is buzzing with excitement. He is proud to be part of a team of individuals that made these awards possible.

“So often in this business the winemaker gets all of the credit when really the credit needs to be distributed to everyone involved in organization. I would like to personally thank all of our staff at Black Star Farms for their supported efforts around these wines. In addition we would like to express appreciation to the growers who consistently produce high quality fruit for us.”recep1

Top award winners from Black Star Farms include:

  • Best of Class Dry White: Black Star Farms - 2009 Arcturos Pinot Gris
  • Best of Class Semi-Dry White: Black Star Farms - 2009 Arcturos Riesling
  • Best of Class Sparkling Wine: Black Star Farms - 2008 Sparkling Wine
  • Double Gold: 2007 A Capella Pinot Noir

The Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition is sponsored by the recep3Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, which is administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. The competition showcases Michigan wines to highly regarded analysts, winemakers and wine writers in the country. The competition is open only to wines produced from Michigan grapes and other fruit. This year forty-four of the state’s 73 wineries entered a record 399 wines.

Judges included five Master Sommeliers, and internationally known authors, winemakers and wine educators. Leading the group through the day was food and wine writer Christopher Cook, who judged at the competition for 12 years before becoming its superintendent in 2001. Cook is also a judge at wine competitions throughout the United States and abroad.

Wines are judged from dry to sweet and from white to red within sweetness level. Younger vintages precede older ones. Awards include, Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, Silver, Bronze and in recep2select years Judges’ Merit. For more information on the awards and judging process visit the Michigan Wine and Grape Council website.

Lee further states that “We are honored to participate in this annual competition that supports us as winemakers, increases the public and trade about our industry as well as being a vehicle that guides the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council in their efforts to promote the quality of Michigan wines.”

A complete list of medal-winning wines is available online at www.michiganwines.com.

Michigan by the Bottle has also produced this great video covering the awards ceremony. The video includes interviews with the winemakers and loads of fun pictures.