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October Wine Dinner at Bennethum’s Northern Inn


Wednesday, October 18


3917 Old US Hwy 27 South
Gaylord, MI 49735


5:30 PM to 9:00 PM



Stark-Condé Wine Dinner Event Wednesday, October 18th Event Starts At 5:30pm

It is with great excitement that we announce our October Wine Dinner and special guest traveling in from South Africa to host the event – Mr. José Conde of Stark-Condé Winery. We have proudly served Stark-Condé wines at BNI for nearly a decade, and we are absolutely thrilled to have the mastermind behind these wines travel halfway around the world to join us in Northern Michigan!

Self-taught cellarmaster José Conde’s first attempt at winemaking was in 2000, and he chose to experiment with his favorite grape, Cabernet Sauvignon. As luck would have it, his father-in-law Hans Schroder farmed arguably the best Cabernet grapes in the region (Stellenbosch, S.A.). Made with basic equipment and using traditional methods, the maiden vintage yielded just 2400 bottles. Against the odds and to everyone’s surprise, the wine went on to win 5-stars in the Platters Wine Guide, rated 92 points in Wine Spectator, and was selected by UK wine writer Oz Clarke as one of the Top 20 Wines of the Year.

Jose’s method of winemaking is to keep the process as simple and natural as possible. The organic pressed juice is fermented with natural yeasts in open-top tanks, with manual punch-downs around the clock. The red wines are then aged up to 22 months in French oak barrels and are bottled in most instances without fining or filtration. With a limited production of just over 8000 cases, Stark-Condé remains committed to producing hand-crafted premium wines.

Please join us for this delightful evening of fine food and wine!

The Stark-Condé Wine Dinner event is $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Due to the exclusive nature of these events, a credit card is required for booking. Any reservations not cancelled within 48 hours of the event will be subject to a charge of $75 per person.



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