Winery

Wine Club Appreciation Dinner

 
Friday, November 12th, 6:30 – 9 pm 
 
Don’t miss this fabulous event planned exclusively for wine club members. This is a unique opportunity to taste our wines along side complementary dishes, prepared by our chefs from the Inn. They will be presenting a harvest feast that will include seafood, poultry, wild game and local meats.  The preliminary menu includes:
  • Pistachio and pine nut crusted rack of venison served alongside a pancetta basil risotto croquette with a Sirius port wine reduction.
  • Horseradish and sesame crusted ahi tuna on a wanton crisp with an edamame bean salad and a miso aioli.
  • Heirloom tomato leek braised Piedmontese short ribs served with a fontina celery root puree and roasted cipollini onions.
  • Smoked rabbit, spinach and morel mushroom cannelloni in a white truffle Parmesan cream sauce and garnished with toasted pine nuts.
  • Pan seared sea scallops stuffed with crab and fromage blanc with a kalamata olive basil pesto and lemon garlic couscous.
  • Prosciutto, roasted beet and arugula salad with Bartlett pears, goat cheese and candied macadamia nuts.

Dessert Menu Items Include:

  • Vanilla bean pumpkin cheesecake with a chocolate sea salt bark and a creme anglaise.
  • Pecan white chocolate torte topped with a raspberry and blueberry compote.
  • Apple, cranberry and toasted walnut blondie topped with a pear brandy caramel and Amaretto whipped cream.

This is our most popular wine club event and an RSVP is necessary by Nov. 10th. The cost is $55 per person and space is limited. RSVP to Chris Lopez at 231-944-1271 or clopez@blackstarfarms.com.

 
By |November 4th, 2010|Event Planning, Featured, Inn, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Hard Apple Cider at Black Star Farms

In the last year hard cider has become more popular amongst beer and wine drinkers. Knowing that cider production dates back to colonial times it is fun to note that it is a beverage making a comeback.  In recent years we have been making cider from a variety of different apples. Our winemaker Lee Lutes is proud to be part of an emerging cider making movement in Michigan as well as in the Midwest and Washington.

The ciders we make at Black Star Farms are made in a “winemaker’s” style.  What we mean by this is that we aim to keep the fruit component very fresh and bright, and retard any oxidation or degradation of aromas and flavors.  In other words, this cider should taste like fresh apples right off the tree, and not like apple beer (not to take anything away from that style, but it is not what our focus is).

In addition to this style our winemaking abilities allow us to do some production processes that make the cider deeper and more complex – things like lees aging and stirring as well as some oak aging programs.  These processes are intended to make our ciders more interesting and dynamic to drink.

We use approximately 8 different apple varieties in these ciders including, Rhode Island Greenings, Winesaps, Spies, Red and Golden Delicious, Galas, Jonathon, and Crabs.  These are mostly eating/cooking apple varieties, as local farmers have not created extensive plantings of “traditional” cider varieties, but this plays out well for the style we are striving to create.

Lee and two other prominent cider producers including Dan Young from Tandem Ciders and Mike Beck from Uncle John’s Winery will be representing the state of Michigan at the upcoming Cider Days Festival in Franklin County, Massachusetts. This event represents all things cider. Lee and the others will be participating in a series of educational events including round table discussions, specialty tastings, and research to find the next best apples for cider production.

This year all of the apples for our Hard Apple Cider were pressed at our Old Mission winery. We had a large lot of up to 75 bins. This kept the winery staff busy loading, pressing, pumping, and cleaning. The end result is sure to be a cider bubbling over with the fresh taste of Northern Michigan apples. For a glimpse at the process take a look at this short picture video.

By |October 31st, 2010|Farm, Media, Tasting, Video, Winery|0 Comments

Get a Taste of Michigan Wine on Twitter

Cortney Casey from Michigan By The Bottle shares the story behind the popular Tweet & Taste Michigan Twitter Events. Thanks Cortney and Shannon for all that you do to promote the Michigan wine industry!

For wine lovers, few experiences are as enlightening as sitting down with local winemakers and picking their brains on the labor and love behind transforming what’s in the vineyard to what’s in your glass.

That’s the concept that spurred MichiganByTheBottle.com’s Tweet & Taste Michigan series, which built upon similar successful “virtual tastings” in other wine-producing regions across the country. The weeknight event encourages Michigan wine fans to purchase specific wines from a featured winery or wine trail (typically with discounted shipping), then “meet up” on Twitter to discuss their impressions and directly ask questions of the winemakers themselves, who also take part.

You name it, the winemakers have answered it, from queries about their vineyard practices, grape sourcing, oak techniques and appropriate cellar-stashing periods to tasting room ambiance, pricing and distribution, winery history and popularity of specific wines.

Everyone uses a hashtag, #ttmi, at the end of their “tweets” to ensure they can follow the conversation, creating a chat room-like environment. Helping augment the conversation are several facilitators, including myself and my husband, Shannon Casey, founders of Michigan By The Bottle; Claudia Tyagi, a master sommelier; and several wine bloggers from throughout Michigan and beyond.

Black Star Farms was the first to team up with us when we launched the project back in March, and the inaugural Tweet & Taste was a resounding success, attracting 70 active participants contributing nearly 900 tweets. We’ve since followed up with successful TTMI events highlighting Shady Lane Cellars, Lake Michigan Shore wineries, Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and, most recently, Silver Leaf Winery. We’re already working on plans for the next one!

While admittedly nothing can top a face-to-face rendezvous with the makers of our favorite Michigan wines, not all of us fanatics are lucky enough to live along a wine trail, where such interactions might be more feasible. And meeting up in person with wine lovers scattered across Michigan would likewise be a challenge. Tweet & Taste is the next best thing — with the added benefit that virtual wine tasting “party” can be attended in such haute couture as slippers and PJ pants!

On Nov. 16, Black Star Farms will be hosting its own virtual tasting on Twitter, and we’re eager to take part. An ardent fan of sparkling wine, I’m chomping at the bit to try the two new releases slated for sampling that evening: the 2009 BeDazzled and the 2010 Bubbly Nouveau (soon to be listed on their website).

Twitter tasters can give their impressions and get answers from Black Star Farms’ affable winemaker, Lee Lutes. The event starts on Twitter at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 using hashtag #bsfbubbly. To find Black Star Farms on Twitter look under @bstar2009.

To ensure you catch all the action, we at MichiganByTheBottle.com recommend using a Twitter client like TweetChat.com, which will automatically add your hashtag to each tweet and help you easily follow the fast-moving conversation.

To encourage participation, Black Star Farms will be offering the pair of bubblies for $20, a 20 percent discount off the regular price of $12.50 apiece. They’ll be available in all three Black Star Farms’ locations (the Bubbly Nouveau is being released at the BSF wine dinner Nov. 12, and available to the public after that) and also can be shipped throughout Michigan and to various other states. For more information, call Coryn Briggs at (231) 944-1311.

 We hope to “meet” you online Nov. 16! Cheers!

By |October 21st, 2010|Farm, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|2 Comments

National Buzz on the Traverse City Wine Industry

“It was once considered one of northern Michigan’s best kept secrets, but there’s more evidence that the rest of the country is beginning to catch on to northern Michigan wine.” 

Watch the rest of this story from 9&10 News by clicking on the link below.

9&10 News – National Buzz on Traverse City Wine Industry.

By |October 13th, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Video, Winery|0 Comments

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. 

By |September 29th, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Video, Winery|0 Comments

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!

By |September 29th, 2010|Event Planning, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

BSF a "Must-See"

By |September 20th, 2010|Creamery, Farm, Inn, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

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.

By |September 12th, 2010|Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

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:

By |September 9th, 2010|Media, Tasting, Video, Winery|1 Comment

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.

By |August 30th, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments