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.

Make it a Weekend

If this sounds like a good idea for your business group, it would be.

Alison Beers, owner of Events North, a full-service event management agency, thinks so too.  Her weekend plan “to woo eight high powered business owners to relocate their families and businesses to Traverse City” is highlighted in the March issue of Traverse City Business News, and includes their staying at the Inn at Black Star Farms, as well as an on-site Raclette Dinner featuring Leelanau Cheese Company’s cheese and all the fixings.

The schedule is jam packed with “up north” experiences.   After all that, how could they not want to relocate their businesses here?

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.

Black Star Farms Pear Wine is Back!

Calling all Pear Wine lovers…the Pear Wine is now available. 

Definitely worth the wait!  Open a bottle and experience the intense aromatics of pure pear, succulent flavors, and a delightful fruit essence. ”This is possibly one of the best vintages of this wine we’ve produced,” says Retail Sales Manager Chris Lopez.  This is no surprise as 2009 was a stellar year for pears, apples, and cherries. 

Pear wine is a delicious wine to sip on by itself but it also has dyanmic food pairing possibilities.  A staff favorite is pear wine with blue cheese and simple crackers.  It is also a wonderful compliment to savory salads, an array of mild to medium flavored cheeses, fruit/nut based desserts and white meats either baked or roasted.

You can find this wine at our tasting rooms or on-line. Call 231.944.1270.

50 Best Romantic Getaways

Along with a perfume mixing in southern France, skiing by moonlight in St. Moritz, and the glamorous beach scene in Bali, the vineyard views of the Grand Traverse Bay wine area provide one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s 50 Best Romantic Getaways for 2010.  They suggest the Inn at Black Star Farms as the base for the getaway.

Call 231.944.1251 to book your romantic getaway, and have the same exceptional experience the editors found during their stay.

Dinner Dollars

Through March, the Inn is offering its Wednesday and Thursday night guests $50 Dinner Dollars to be used at either Hearth & Vine right there at the farm or at TASTES of Black Star Farms in the Mercato at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City.  At Hearth & Vine guests will dine on wood-fired fare, while at TASTES they’ll enjoy the Matterhorn Grill dinner.

Have a relaxing mid-week stay at the Inn and a delicious meal that’s partially on us.  What better way to turn those winter blahs into pampered aahs?

An Addition to Our Line-Up of Reds

2007 Vintner’s Select

Every vintage yields select small lots with unique characteristics. This bottling is a blend of these “micro-lots,” showcasing the strength of the 2007 vintage and the flavors of the Northwest region. vintnersselect1

A blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot this is a round and full-bodied dry red wine. Enjoy the rich, dark, fruit flavors that are complimented by a hint of cocoa and spice.  Pair this wine with hearty meals including stews and rich sauces. It is a great compliment to many winter dishes.