2018-12-06 / Letters

Leelanau icon will be missed

To the editor:

Northern Michigan lost an Icon, a Pioneer, a Mentor.

John and I both worked for Bernie, at Boskydel vineyard, in the early nineties. We settled in Leelanau County to open our little cheese factory because of the few existing wineries, just a hand full at the time.

Arriving in Michigan with no money and just an idea, we needed to work. Among all of the jobs I had, Boskydel made me feel at home, I picked grapes and worked a little in the vineyards, and John worked in the winery, what a great transition coming from Europe, it was a blessing to have found a job we were so familiar with, we had both worked in vineyards in France and Switzerland. And to add to the experience, Bernie and Suzanne made us feel like we were family.

When people visited from France, we always had to go visit Bernie, not only for the wine, but to spend time with him and listen to his stories.

On Thanksgiving day, John and I went to visit him and his family. They opened a de Chaunac 1994, it was incredible, aged to perfection, we were both working at Boskydel that year, what a treat !

In the tasting room at the winery, I remember a sign on the counter that said “ you don’t manage by managing, you manage by being there every day .”

It has been my motto.

Bernie, it was a privilege to have known you, thank you for everything you taught us, we will miss you (and the wine!). CHEERS to you.

John & Anne Hoyt
Leelanau Cheese
Suttons Bay

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