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.

Think Globally, Eat Locally

Hour Detroit Magazine’s December 2009 issue has a terrific article telling how Michigan chefs and restaurateurs are jumping on the “local” bandwagon.  It’s a good read for all you locavores.  And if you’re drinking local as well, thank you!  Local wines, brews and spirits are now known as locapours.  That’s your new word for 2010.

Enjoy Our Cherry Wine at a Special Price

Wow, 2009!  What a year for cherries, pears and apples.  Of course the abundance of these fresh fruits was a highlight to last summer’s list of fresh edibles. Months later we are still lucky to capture the pure essence of these fruits in the wines.  Fruity, fun and flavorful the fruit wines of Black Star Farms are a refreshing addition to a meal or just because…

Fruit wines currently available include the Cherry Wine and Sparkling Hard Apple Cider.  Our famous Pear Wine is in the works and will most likely be available again this spring.  Enjoy the Cherry Wine or Hard Apple Cider cold or try it mulled for a warm, toasty treat. The Cherry Wine is now specially priced at $8.50 a bottle.

The Thrill of the Chill

A nice article by wine enthusiast and Michigan wine lover Mike Brenton. Thanks Mike for sharing your knowledge about the growing and production processes of ice wine.  Read more here

Resolutions for Wine Lovers

10 resolutions for current and wannabe wine lovers to consider in the New Year. One size doesn’t fit all, so pick and choose accordingly.

Read more of Joel Goldberg’s 10 resolutions to help you wine your way through 2010 here

Wine Cocktails for the Holidays

Siriusly Dazzled – A delicious sparkling treat!

Fill a champagne glass 3/4 full with Black Star Farms Be Dazzled sparkling wine and top it off with Black Star Farms Sirius Cherry Dessert wine.

Red House White Punch – Great for Parties!

1 Bottle of Black Star Farms Red House White

2/3 cup sugar

1 lemon and lime wedged

1 cup orange juice

1/2 liter of Sprite or club soda

Pour wine into a pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and lime into the wine. Add the orange juice, toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar. Chill overnight.

Add sprite or club soda just before serving. Top with fresh fruit for a colorful touch.

Cherry Wine Sangria – The Ultimate Party Punch!

1 Bottle of Black Star Farms Cherry Wine

A shot of brandy, rum, or other pure grain alcohol

Juice of one lime or lemon

Assorted chopped fruit (strawberries, oranges, peaches, etc)

Mix all the ingredients together and chill for several hours. Serve in a pitcher or punch bowl.

WOMP Donates to Non-Profits

The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) are proud to have donated $9,000 to northern Michigan non-profits. The total donation was a combination of the wine trail’s annual year-end donation and the results of its first annual Day of Giving event held on Saturday, December 12.

Each year, WOMP makes a monetary contribution to area non-profit agencies that help support the food and wine industry in northern Michigan. Additional contributions were made to groups that helped support WOMP events. Donations were made to the following organizations:
♣    Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. Migrant Health Clinic
♣    Michigan State University Viticulture Education
♣    Michigan Wine Foundation
♣    Northwestern Michigan College Community Band
♣    Old Mission Peninsula Women’s Club

For the Day of Giving, each WOMP winery chose to donate 15% of their gross sales that day to the following nonprofits:
•    2 Lads Winery – Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan
•    Black Star Farms – Traverse Health Clinic
•    Bowers Harbor Vineyard – Cherryland Humane Society
•    Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery – Father Fred Foundation
•    Chateau Chantal – Goodwill Inn
•    Chateau Grand Traverse – Women’s Resource Center
•    Peninsula Cellars – American Red Cross Northwest Michigan Chapter

Total donation for the Day of Giving amounted to $2,500.

“WOMP itself is a non-profit trade association, so every year we look for ways to give back to the organizations and industries that we’re passionate about both as northern Michigan residents and business owners,” said Ed O’Keefe, WOMP president. “We’d like to thank everyone who helped make our new event a success and contributed to the growth of our wine trail in 2009.”

About the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula
The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) consists of seven distinct wineries: 2 Lads Winery, Black Star Farms, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, Chateau Chantal, Chateau Grand Traverse, and Peninsula Cellars – all situated at the globe’s 45th parallel – the ideal climate for growing vinifera grapes. The wineries have been well recognized by international wine enthusiasts for the Old Mission Peninsula experience and their award-winning wines, including their prestigious ice wines. For more information and a complete list of events, visit www.wineriesofoldmission.com.

Apple Brandy is Back

After a brief lapse of availability,  Spirit of Apple Brandy is back on the shelf, just in time for the holidays and the cold weather.  Pour a little of our Spirit of Apple Brandy into your favorite snifter, swirl, smell and sip…ahh! Warmth all over from your head to your toes. It’s a great digestif after a delicious holiday meal.

Please note this spirit is ONLY available for sale in our Suttons Bay tasting room call 231-944-1270 for information.