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Big Sale on Black Star Farms Cherry Wine

Cherry harvest has begun and the National Cherry Festival is underway…this calls for a nice chilled glass of good ol’ cherry wine. It is surprisingly refreshing and it pairs well with a multitude of summer inspired recipes. We love it with BBQ ribs, coleslaw and corn on the cob. It is also lovely when mixed with a bubbly and makes a crisp cherry sparkling cocktail.  Yet another use is in salad dressings and marinades…really the possibilities are endless.

In honor of the annual Cherry Festival we are offering a great discount on our Cherry Wine. Already on sale for $8.50 we are offering an additional 20% savings on this delightful wine making it a mere $6.80 a bottle.

Use this coupon to receive your discount. Don’t delay as the coupon expires July 31st!

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Cork and a Fork Photo Video

Here is a great photo video compiled by photographer, Laura Teeple. The photos were all taken during the Marigold Cork and Fork event in March at the Hearth & Vine. There are plans for another Cork and Fork event in September at TASTES of Black Star Farms. More details will follow…

Thanks Laura and the Marigold crew for the photos and the good time!

Fresh

Pure Michigan is previewing their 2010 ad campaign this week.  Part of Fresh was filmed at Black Star Farms.  Can you spot us?

If you’re having trouble finding us, look below for a peek at just how much goes into making a 30 second ad.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Traverse City

Planning your travel itinerary for the season? Let us help you discover why Traverse City should be on your list of places to visit – especially if you are a wine lover and a foodie.  Top five reasons to visit include:

1. Traverse City is number one on Livability.com Foodie Finds: 10 Surprising Food Cities. 

“Known as the Cherry Capital of the World, the Lake Michigan resort town of Traverse City does a pretty good job with other foods too. With plenty of award-winning restaurants, wineries, farmers markets and dairies, Traverse City has been called “a new foodie haven” by The Huffington Post“…read more.

2.  The area was recently named one of the Best Midwest Food Towns by Midwest Living.

“If Disney World had a Foodland, it might look a little like Traverse City, Michigan (population: 142,000). Too-cute-to-be-true storefronts line downtown’s Front Street”…read more.

3.  We have world class award winning wines with Riesling being the most popular variety in the region.

“This complex and cold-hardy German varietal, the stuff of youthful hangovers and wine-geek reverence, has put Michigan winemaking on the map and runs the spectrum from racy and dry to thick and sweet”…read more.

4.   If you are a Michigander or a Midwestner that has never tried our wines you may be pleasantly surprised like former Midwesterner Andrew Putz, Editor in Chief of Boston Magazine.

“The more I heard friends gush about the wine country near Traverse City, Michigan, the more curious I became. So I began to investigate. I’d always thought Michigan too cold to grow grapes, but I learned that this part of the state lies near the 45th parallel, just like Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace”…read more.

5. We have chocolate, cherries and plenty of wine – all of which can be sampled in one form or another at our wine trail events throughout the year. You can find a complete listing of events on either the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail or the Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trial websites.

There are also art galleries, brew pubs and miles of beaches…What more do you need? For more information about the Traverse City area including lodging and special offers visit the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

 

 

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.
 

 

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.

Wine Club Dinner Pictures

Fall Wine Club Dinner was a huge success! The wine, food and company were fabulous. The menu included:  

  • Rack of Lamb with Black Pepper, Rosemary & Balsamic Reduction
  • Smoked Brisket of Beef 
  • Deconstructed Roasted Beef Tenderlion with accompaniments
  •  Pork & Wild Mushroom Roulade with Black Star Farms Pinot Noir Reduction
  •  Crispy Breast of Duck with Cranberry & Goat Cheese
  •  Roulade of Whitefish & Pesto with Spicy Grilled Tomato Chutney
  • Salmon, Whitefish, & Calamari Ceviche Cured in Citrus with Garlic, Green Pepper, Tomato, & Cilantro
  • Smoked Pheasant Ravioli
  • Pumpkin Cheese Cake, Chocolate Torte &  Raspberry Crème Brulle

Thanks to everyone who attended and made this such a wonderful evening.

Ice Wine On Sale

Considered one of the rarest wines of the world, true ice wines are made from perfect grapes left on the vine long after traditional harvest. This Riesling “eis wein” concentrates the rich flavors of ripe apricots, peaches, pineapple, exotic flowers, and subtle spices.  Delicious by itself…but also pairs well with any dessert!

Special holiday gift price: $79.50

Hottest Businesses, Services & Places

Black Star Farms Wins Traverse City Record Eagle’s Hot 100
Votes have been counted and Record-Eagle readers have chosen the hottest businesses, services and places in the Grand Traverse area – Black Star Farms is the Hot 100 Winery.

A Glimpse at Harvest 2009

Curious about harvest? Take a peak here for an inside look at pictures taken at our Old Mission and Suttons Bay wineries.