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November Monthly Coupon

Thanksgiving and Holiday entertaining are just around the corner. To help you make everything just right, Black Star Farms is offering discounts on FOUR Thanksgiving-friendly wines for the whole month of November!

The wines are Hard Apple Cider, Arcturos Pinot Noir, Arcturos Riesling and our sparkling Be Dazzled!

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Black Star Farms Hard Apple Cider
Our hard apple cider is bubbling over with the flavor of fresh, crisp apples. The vibrancy of this wine sets the stage for a festive holiday gathering. It is wonderful when mulled or paired with appetizers, salads, and turkey.

Arcturos Pinot Noir
A beautiful ruby color invites you to the bright aroma and taste of ripe berries and roasted, spicy oak. An elegant and soft Pinot Noir with enough versatility to go with everything from hors d’oeuvre to the main dish.

Arcturos Riesling
This wine is floral and spicy on the nose with ripe stone fruit flavors on the palate. It will pair beautifully with an assortment of flavors, spices, and white meats.

Be Dazzled
A fun sparkling wine with fresh and crisp fruit flavors followed by an off dry finish. This is a great one to have around for an unexpected toast.

By |November 6th, 2014|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Spirit of Cherry and Spirit of Apple awarded Washington Cup!

Doug Frost

Doug Frost

Black Star Farms enjoyed incredible success at the 2014 Washington Cup Competition, taking home two of the six Washington Cups awarded for our Spirit of Cherry and Spirit of Apple fruit brandies! The Cup is the top honor in this competition exclusively for American-made spirits and liqueurs.

“The distilled spirits business demands a steep learning curve, so an experienced hand like Black Star Farms stands out among the many new and aspiring spirits makers.

Black Star Farms’ success with achieving two Washington Cups is nonetheless remarkable. Only six were given out among the nearly one hundred thirty spirits in the competition.”
~ Doug Frost

Black-Star-Farms-Spirits-of-Apple-and-CherryWashington Cup founder Doug Frost writes extensively about wine and spirits and one of only three people in the world to hold the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine certification. Doug is certainly a unique talent, and for the Washington Cup he created a judging process that is unique for its three phases of competition. These include a blind tasting by professional spirits judges and a tasting by professional bartenders who create signature cocktails for the top scoring spirits and a blind consumer tasting of the created cocktails.

Spirit of Cherry is produced from a blend of black sweet cherries including Hearty Giant, Ulster, Schmidt, Heidel-Fingen, Nelson, Van, and Sam, and from red tart varieties including Montmorency and Balaton. It has a clear appearance and distinctive subtle cherry flavors with robust but balanced alcohol and is neither sweet nor tart.

Spirit of Apple is a small batch, hand crafted apple brandy distilled from a true cider blend of several different apple varieties including Jonagold, Winesap, Rhode Island Greening, Spy, McIntosh, and Jonathan. It is then barrel-aged for three to five years, using both French and American oak. At the precise time the distiller feels is optimal, the brandy is bottled – often a single barrel at a time. Pale golden amber in color, it is well balanced with opulent, sweet-wood apple and caramel aromas and mellowed, spicy warmth.

Black Star Farms Spirit of Pear Brandy was awarded a Silver Medal.

More about the Washington Cup on their website (link will open in a new window)

View our news release right here.

By |September 26th, 2014|Featured, Winery|0 Comments

Stuart Pigott & City of Riesling

Tasting with Stuart Pigott

The new City of Riesling event is bringing one of the top Riesling writers in the world back to Traverse City, Stuart Pigott.

Stuart writes on his blog that one of the things that makes Northern Michigan so fascinating is the incredible diversity of the winemakers and says:

Not only do Chateau Fontaine, Black Star Farms, Left Foot Charley, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, 2 Lads, Shady Lane and Chateau Grand Traverse make very good Rieslings, but the people behind those wines are all incredibly different and incredibly interesting. Why nobody outside the regional press has written that story yet is truly incomprehensible to me.

By |July 14th, 2014|Winery|0 Comments

Savor the Tastes & Flavors

Kick off the first Friday of each month at TASTES of Black Star Farms! Stop by and partake in our “Savor the Tastes & Flavors” experiential events. Learn first-hand about selected wines and spirits and their complementary food choices. Wine and appetizers provided at each event, $5 per person and $10 per couple.

June 6th – Fermentation, Distillation and Fortification

Are you curious about how alcohol beverages are produced? Expand your knowledge on the different processes and production procedures for wines, distilled spirits and more. Food pairing will be announced closer to the event.

Call 231-944-1349 for information.

By |March 18th, 2014|Farm, Featured, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Winter: The Season of Tranquility at Black Star Farms

The long days of harvest are over; the color tour & wedding season have come to a close leaving the farm in a state of tranquility. The sublime winter beauty is combined with the daily happenings in the wineries, vineyards and inn creating a true sense of place that is special to both new and return guests.

Enjoy our newest video and discover the quiet nature of winter at Black Star Farms.

By |December 16th, 2013|Farm, Inn, Media, Stables, Tasting, Video, Winery|0 Comments

Apple Squash Bisque Recipe

This is the bisque that was served at our Leelanau Peninsula tasting room during the annual LPVA Toast the Season event.  It’s perfect for the cool winter months!

Apple Squash Bisque

Jonathan Dayton/Executive Chef at Black Star Farms

3 T unsalted butter

2 large yellow onions, finely chopped

2 shallots, finely chopped

1 large carrot, finely chopped

3 ribs celery, finely chopped

4 apples

1 butternut squash

1 acorn squash

1 c hard apple cider

5 c vegetable or chicken stock

1 t finely chopped fresh rosemary

2 t finely chopped fresh thyme

½ c half-and-half

1 t cinnamon

½ t nutmeg

½ c honey

Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

– Peel and seed the acorn and butternut squash and cut into 2-inch chunks.

– Save the seeds and roast in the oven for garnish.

– Peel and core the apples and cut into 2-inch chunks.

– In a soup pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter and saute the onion, shallots, carrots and celery until softened, about 8-10 minutes.

– Add the apples and squash and cook until nicely coated, about 3 minutes longer.

– Add the stock, hard apple cider, rosemary and thyme and bring to a boil.

– Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the vegetables are soft, about 25 minutes.

– Remove from the heat and stir in the honey, half-and-half, nutmeg and cinnamon.

– Using a hand-held or standing blender, puree the soup until smooth.

– Salt and pepper to taste.

– Reheat gently over low heat before service.

 

 

 

By |November 29th, 2013|Featured, Inn, Tasting, Winery|1 Comment

Mulled Wine Recipe Card

Black Star Farms Mulled Wine Michigan Leelanau Peninsula

If you have visited during fall and winter Saturdays then you have probably tried our mulled wines. We have used several of our products with the recipe to the right.  Some of our favorites include the Hard Apple Cider and Cherry Wine. This seasonal beverage will probably become a new favorite.  It will warm your soul and make your house smell delightful!

All of the wines in the recipe can be ordered in our online shopping cart.

By |October 22nd, 2013|Featured, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Fall on the Farm

As autumn arrives in NW Michigan we hope for the usual warm days and cool nights to ripen the grapes to perfection.  We never know just what Mother Nature has in store, and that’s the exciting part.  By the end of September the palette changes to all shades of gold, red and ocher, the leaf peepers arrive to take in our glorious landscape, and the grape harvest begins. 

October is our busiest month at Black Star Farms.  Wine making is in full swing with long hours for our winery teams.  The Inn is full of guests lucky enough to have booked their color tour early.  All three tasting rooms are teeming with folks stocking up for the long winter ahead.  Hearth & Vine is open for the last month of their season, still serving up delicious farm-raised fare.  And it’s harvest time for our farm animals, too, who have provided such enjoyment for our visitors all summer.  This is the cycle of life at the Farm.

Come November things quiet down, but we’re still here, year ‘round, and hoping that you’ll make a visit during one of the “off” times when we have more time to spend. 

By |September 10th, 2013|Farm, Inn, Media, Video, Winery|0 Comments

36th Annual Michigan Wine Competition

Twenty-five wine experts gathered August 6, 2013 in East Lansing for the 36th annual Michigan Wine Competition. Judges included Peter Bell and Johannes Reinhardt, two of the three winemakers who made “Tierce,” the New York Riesling served at President Obama’s inaugural luncheon in January.

Judges also included two of Michigan’s Master Sommeliers; Doug Frost, who is both a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier; and internationally known authors, winemakers and wine educators. Leading the group through the day was food and wine writer Christopher Cook, who judged at the competition for 12 years before becoming its superintendent in 2001. Cook is a judge at wine competitions throughout the United States and abroad.

Riesling has become a strong variety for Michigan — 71 were entered this year, from very dry to very sweet. Riesling has won Best of Class honors 19 times since 2000 — in various categories — and this year won two of the highest awards, for Best Dessert Wine and Best Semi-Dry White Wine.

Veteran judge Dick Scheer, owner of Village Corner wine shop in Ann Arbor, commented on the red wines of the day: “Gamay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Meritage were all worthy of medal consideration, with ripeness complemented by mild tannin and good balance. Thanks to warm growing seasons of late, maturing vines, and talented winegrowing, this was the best cadre of Michigan dry red wines I’ve experienced at a Michigan Wine Competition.”

Roz Mayberry, wine buyer for D&W Fresh Market, remarked, “This year’s wine selection offered a number of lovely surprises: Chardonnays were oakey, but deftly oaked, and more interesting dry roses and Pinot Blancs than ever before. All of this points to the incredible growth in quality and interest in Michigan wines, and to the competence and sense of adventure of Michigan winemakers.”

Fifty-five of the state’s 102 wineries entered a record 450 wines for this year’s competition, which is open only to wine produced from Michigan grapes and other fruit. Gold medals were awarded to a wide variety of wines — from bone-dry reds to sweet and luscious dessert wines. At the end of the day, judges awarded the top “Best of Class” awards to six wines from a group of 42 gold medal winners, including six double gold.

Several of our wines showed very well at this year’s competition including one Best of Show winner! Take a look at our award winners below or view the complete list online.

Black Star Farms Wines:

Best of Class and Gold – 2012 Be Dazzled Sparkling Wine

Gold – 2010 Leorie Merlot Cabernet Franc

Silver – 2011 Arcturos Cabernet Franc and 2011 Arcturos Merlot

Bronze – 2011 A Capella Pinot Noir and 2011 Arcturos Pinot Noir

The competition is co-sponsored by the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, which will host a Gold Medal Wine Reception featuring the best wines from the competition this evening. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Visit www.michiganwines.com for more information, and for a complete list of the medal-winning wines.

The competition is also sponsored by the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, which is administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. For more information about the wines and wineries of Michigan, contact the council online, or by phone at 517-241-4468.

Michigan Wine Competition Black Star Farms Double Gold

By |August 10th, 2013|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Black Star Farms Featured in Article on Top Up-And-Coming Wine Regions

TravelNerd highlights the winery’s distinctive features

San Francisco, CA (July 25, 2013) – TravelNerd, the travel division of consumer finance website NerdWallet, has featured Black Star Farms in an article that found Old Mission Peninsula, MI. as one of the best up-and-coming wine regions in the United States.

While most people think of Napa Valley as American wine country, the United States actually has more than 200 American Viticultural Areas. To help wine lovers find new places to explore, TravelNerd looked for regions with unique varietals, stunning views, and boutique wineries that have distinctive features.

Old Mission Peninsula was chosen for its rapidly growing wine industry and all-encompassing wineries such as Black Star Farms and Chateau Chantal.

A featured destination along the Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail, Black Star Farms features two winery production facilities and three tasting rooms. It also has a distillery, an inn, a farm market café, and an equestrian facility.

“Black Star Farms isn’t just a place for wine tasting, it’s an all-inclusive vacation spot in itself,” said NerdWallet analyst Annie Wang. “Distinctive features like those at Black Star Farms are what make Old Mission Peninsula’s wineries so special.”

Texas Hill Wine Country and Middle Tennessee Region were also featured on the list. Read the full article here.

For more information about NerdWallet, visit http://www.nerdwallet.com.

 

 

 

 

By |July 27th, 2013|Featured, Uncategorized, Winery|0 Comments