Harvest Lentil Salad with Laurentide Chardonnay Vinaigrette


2015 Harvest Stompede Recipe by Susan Braymer, Laurentide Winery

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1c Black lentils
  • 1c Tan Lentils
  • 1 Vegetable Bouillon cube
  • 1T Seasoning Blend as desired
  • 1 t Sea Salt
  • 1 Carrot peeled and grated
  • 1 Celery stick sliced thin
  • ½ Red Pepper diced
  • ½ Orange Pepper diced
  • ½ c Red Leaf lettuce julienned
  • ½ c Green Leaf Lettuce julienned
  • ¼ c Raisins
  • ½ c Almonds, sliced and toasted
  • ½ c Feta Cheese crumbled


  • 2 Red Onions sliced
  • 2 Garlic clove
  • 2T Olive oil
  • ½ c Laurentide Chardonnay
  • ¼ c Olive Oil
  • ¼ c Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Zest from 1 Lemon reserve
  • ~½ c Water
  • ¼ c Dijon Mustard
  • 1 T Honey or to taste
  • 1 t Sea Salt or to taste
  • 1 t Cracked Pepper or to taste
  1. Combine lentils with bouillon, seasoning blend and salt. Cover 2 c lentils with 2 c water and cook  lentils in pressure cooker 3 minutes until al dente. Release pressure to end cooking quickly so the lentils retain “bite”.
  2. Prepare the rest of the salad vegetables and ingredients. Gently combine vegetables with cooled lentils.
  3. Caramelize the onion and garlic under low heat with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper while cooking down.  Combine with all the rest of the dressing ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.  Adjust thickness of dressing carefully with water to thin if desired and salt and pepper to taste. Add reserved lemon zest.
  4. Pour enough of the dressing over the lentils and vegetables to coat lightly and lastly add the raisins, almonds and feta mixing gently. Refrigerate any extra dressing.
  5. Pair with Laurentide Chardonnay, our unoaked Chablis style classic award winner! Cheers….

Serves: 6 or more as a side




Rockstar Riesling

Thoughts from assistant manager Ben at Laurentide Winery…

“It’s a Riesling with the potential of earning legendary status among worthy white wines.”

 Allie Merrick, Riesling on the River Laurentide 2013 Riesling 


Laurentide Riesling 2013

          The first documented evidence of this varietal dates all the way back to March 13th, 1435.  This varietal is commonly associated with Germany due to evidence of it being discovered in Rüsselsheim, Germany.  It is a white grape that begins green, then slowly becomes a darker, more golden shade of yellow when ripe.    This versatile grape can be made both bone-dry and ultra-sweet, and everything in between.

         A staple varietal in the global world of wine, Riesling is planted on three continents and enjoyed by millions of people each year. Northern Michigan is a place where this varietal seems to thrive. In fact, Traverse City, Michigan holds an annual event every year called, “The City of Riesling.”  Its the most common varietal in the region, appearing in ninety-one vineyards, 57 times on the Old Mission Peninsula and 34 on the Leelanau Peninsula. Here at Laurentide, it has become the most prominent varietal on our list with three different wines comprised of 100% Riesling grapes and one blend with these grapes.  Each of the past three vintages of Laurentides’ Dry Riesling have achieved double-gold medals at various international competitions:

– 2011 Dry Riesling which won the Riesling Challenge, Best of Show White, and Double Gold at the International Eastern Wine Competition in 2013.

-The 2012 Dry Riesling, took home another international double-gold medal, this time at the 2013 American Wine Society National Commercial Wine Competition.

-The 2013 Dry Riesling has continued the tradition and then some.  It took another double-gold at the 2014 American Wine Society National Commercial Wine Competition.

         Though this wine is highly decorated, it’s important to note that it is not the awards that defines this wine as a special vintage; it’s the taste. The flavor of the 2013 Dry Riesling is what makes this wine a true rockstar. Those huge notes of apple give the 2013 Dry Riesling a refreshing, pleasant, crisp taste and an even smoother finish.  Having 0.2% residual sugar technically makes it a very dry wine, however the fruit sweet character that is present seems to harness all that ideal Riesling flavor.  It has been my favorite wine to pour to customers because it consistently receives positive reaction from wine drinkers of variable palates. It has an uncanny ability to appeal to sweeter palates while still remaining a favorite for even the driest of palates.  With this crowd-pleasing quality that it has, the 2013 Dry Riesling is an outstanding white dinner wine that can be paired with countless meals from spicy Thai dishes to fresh seafood.


Thank you, Susan and Bill Braymer

Pulled Pork Sliders Recipe from Laurentide Winery

Small Plates Menu August 13 2015


  • 5 lb pork shoulder roast bone in
  • 1 c Laurentide Cherry wine
  • Chipolte or Virgin Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 c tart cherries, pitted
  • 1 bottle cherry based BBQ sauce, your choice or homemade
  • 1 T Red pepper flakes
  • 2T Cornstarch
  • Brioche rolls

Season roast with salt and pepper.  Coat with Olive Oil.  Brown roast on all sides in pressure cooker.  Add 1 c Cherry wine. Cook 1.75 hours.

Remove roast and set aside to cool. Reserve 2 c stock from cooker. De-fat  and heat stock on stove in large pot for the BBQ sauce. Add cherries, bottle of BBQ sauce, red pepper flakes and simmer until cherries cooked through ~ 10 minutes.  Add   cornstarch to  ~1/2 c water and then to bubbling sauce to thicken if desired.

Pull apart pork and shred pork with forks.

Combine shredded pork and sauce, reheat slowly.  Slice open Brioche rolls and plate with pork.

Enjoy with Laurentide Pinot Noir Rose.

Serves 12-14

Thank you- Susan Braymer, Laurentide Winery

Farmers Market News for August

Rosy sleepy eyes w RoseDog daze of August got you down?  Rosy agrees!  Beat the heat with a chilled glass of Rosy’s favorite- Laurentide Pinot Noir Rosé 2014!  Come celebrate  the most versatile wine of all:  Pinot Noir Rosé  the entire Month of August!  

We plan on sampling Rosé every Thursday this month at the Westside Farmer’s Market  in Ann Arbor along with 2 other alternating award winning estate wines.  Need a particular wine?  Let us know ahead of time and we bring it to you for pickup at the market.  See you there Thursday, 3-7pm….

Thank you Susan & Bill Braymer