Tasting

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 Michgian cheese!

Fresh

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.

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.

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 cbriggs@blackstarfarms.com.

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 Livability.com 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.

 

 

 

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.
 

 

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.

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.

Tweet and Taste MI Podcast

If you missed the Tweet and Taste Michigan event featuring our wines take a look at this podcast by the idea man himself, Shannon Casey.  This was a great virtual event with 66 participants and 863 tweets. The conversations were fun, educating, and exciting and they can also be viewed here.  

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this event a success. A special thank-you to wine bloggers Shannon & Cortney Casey at MichiganbytheBottle, Claudia Tyagi, MS. (@Winegenie on Twitter), George Heritier and Kim Adams at Gang of Pour, Chris Ternes at The Wineauxs, Mike Fifer at The Wine Monologues, and Bill Wilson at Wine for Newbies.

Cork and a Fork

A Cork and A Fork

CorkandForkAt last, a bottle of wine has found its place on the family dinner table! Join us for our 1st Cork and a Fork with Marigold Productions! We’ll taste wines and enjoy hors d’oeuevres at the Hearth and Vine on March 29th from 6pm – 8pm.  Chef Johnathon Dayton and Chef Paul Carlson will show us how to cook a family meal of beef short ribs cooked en daube.  Guests will leave with a pre-packaged main course, a bottle of wine and a fabulous recipe! For more information click here.