Tasting

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.

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.