Why do we call our live music nights “Starboard night on deck?”
Starboard is a nautical term and refers to the right-hand side, facing forward on a boat.
The Boenker’s were inspired to use the term Starboard to give love to the Navy and what it has meant to their family. Matthew Boenker’s father was in the Navy (Seabees) during WW II. Matthew always dreamed of also traveling the world and serving his country and he too joined the Navy in 1975.
The Navy is also special to the Boenker’s because that is where Matthew and his wife Jo Lynn met. She was a photographer during Vietnam and they got married in 1978. The Boenker’s have 5 children. Four are also serving our country with three in the Army and one in the Air Force.
“We wanted to use a nautical theme when we opened up our winery, because we love the Navy and all the opportunities it has given us,” says Matthew Boenker.
When we were naming our wines, we wanted to name our Norton dessert wine “Port and Starboard” which means nautically: left and right.
When we sent in our label to the TTB (formerly Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)), we were rejected because it had the name Port on it as the fanciful name. The second time we sent it in we chose the name “Left of Starboard” and again it was rejected by the TTB. They were onto us, that Left of Starboard really means Port The third time we chose to just name it “Starboard” Norton dessert wine and that took!
We named our live music nights “Starboard Night on Deck” (or Right Night), since we also want our guests to have a great “right night” at the winery.