Blackbird Vineyards takes a Bordeaux-style approach to wine production: Reliance on multi-sources vineyards and varietals, allowing for a harmonious whole, greater than the sum of its part. Since 1999, the Blackbird Vineyard (a former walnut orchard first planted with 5,717 Merlot vines in 1997), quietly provided fruit to many of Napa’s finest winemakers.
Since the premier release with the 2003 vintage, Blackbird Vineyards’ winemaking team has handcrafted truly expressive wines with a focus on the varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackbird Vineyards’ approach to winemaking involves intensive, hands-on, “best practice” techniques to achieve the highest representation of terroir in the age worthy wines. These efforts serve to achieve wines of great complexity, richness of fruit, and overall distinction.
Blackbird Vineyards partners with the most renowned cooperage houses from which the barrels are personally selected to meet their exacting requirements. During the aging process in these customized barrels, their wines acquire their full character and complexity.
Michael Polenske, creative director, chairman and founder of Bespoke Collection, was born in Bermuda to a military family. His first exposure to wine came with family trips to California’s wine country. During college, Polenske complemented his business studies with wine classes while majoring in finance at Chico State.
His original intention was to provide financial services to the vintners of Napa Valley, but as fate would have it, he found himself working with the founders of the burgeoning technology boom of the eighties and nineties in Silicon Valley. Throughout his 20 years of investment management, Polenske observed the fact that many of his clients preferred investments that reflected their personal interests. Michael began the current chapter of his life devoting his attention to “the business of leisure” with the acquisition of Blackbird Vineyards in 2003 and turning it into an ultra-premium label.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
At Fleming’s, a steak is never just a steak. It’s the culmination of a meticulous process of selection, preparation and service that ensures it reaches your table at its very best. Every detail is obsessed over so that you’ll savor every bite.
Fleming’s offers the finest USDA Prime beef, available both wet- and dry-aged and broiled at 1,600 degrees or iron-crusted. You can elevate your selection even more with our indulgent Steak Companions, including truffle-poached lobster, diablo shrimp and lump crabmeat. Each dish is crafted from scratch by our culinary team and served by our skillful staff.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar pairs a passion for service and seasonal ingredients with the finest USDA Prime beef. With the Fleming’s 100®, their award-winning list of 100 wines by the glass, you can discover the perfect wine for every mood. Unique local wine selections are available at every Fleming’s location. They also offer Private Dining Rooms that can easily accommodate any size group. At Fleming’s, every visit is filled with indulgent possibilities. Fleming’s in Raleigh is located at the Crabtree Valley Mall near Belk.