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 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.




By |April 8th, 2010|Event Planning, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

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.


By |March 30th, 2010|Event Planning, Farm, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

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.

By |March 23rd, 2010|Event Planning, Featured, Inn, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

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?

By |March 14th, 2010|Creamery, Event Planning, Featured, Inn, Media|0 Comments

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.

By |March 10th, 2010|Event Planning, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

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.

By |March 2nd, 2010|Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

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.

By |January 29th, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

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.

By |January 27th, 2010|Featured, Inn, Media|0 Comments

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.

By |January 16th, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

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.

By |January 8th, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments