New Medals from the Finger Lakes

The world’s largest charitable wine competition, the 2006 Finger Lakes International, was held April 1st and 2nd in Rochester, New York. We entered our newest releases, and every wine we sent won a medal. In all, 3086 wines were evaluated by 48 judges. Our results follow:

’04 Arcturos Pinot Noir – Silver

’05 Arcturos Semi-Dry Riesling – Silver

’05 Arcturos Late Harvest Riesling – Bronze

’05 Arcturos Late Harvest Vignole – Bronze

’04 Arcturos Cabernet Franc – Bronze.

Visit Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

By |April 10th, 2006|Winery|0 Comments

Select Registry

According to Select Registry, an annual travel directory dedicated to principles of hospitality, quality, romance, and fine food and wine, we are a Distinguished Inn of North America. They provide unforgetable introductions to exceptional Inns, B&Bs, and unique small hotels. The 18th edition of their guideis available at our Inn. Check out what good company we keep. Their site can help you to plan your next getaway in style.

By |April 4th, 2006|Inn|0 Comments


Anne and John Hoyt are celebrating the 11th Anniversary of Leelanau Cheese Co. They first made their delicious Raclette in Omena, Michigan in March of 1995, and opened for business that Summer when the cheese had been properly aged for 3 months.

Eleven years later and still going strong, they make and age their cheese at Black Star Farms. Come on in to our Tasting Room where you can watch them at work in the Creamery, find all their cheese for sale, and taste some wines, too.

By |March 25th, 2006|Creamery|0 Comments

Truffle Maker Using Arcturos Pinot Noir

Grocer’s Daughter, the delicious chocolate truffle-maker from Empire, is using our Arcturos Pinot Noir to enhance the flavor in one of her delectible goodies…and you can find the truffles around the Traverse City area or downstate at Zingerman’s, voted one of the best delis in America, in Ann Arbor.
You’ll also find them for sale in our Tasting Room or, better yet, on you pillow when you stay at our Inn.

By |March 25th, 2006|Winery|0 Comments

The Big Cheese

Leelanau Cheese has taken home both national and international honors. Anne and John entered their Aged Raclette in both the 2005 US Cheese Championship in Wisconsin and the 2005 World Cheese Awards in London, and came away with Gold Medals in both competitions.

Bult that’s not all. They’re also 1st runner-up of all 1008 cheeses entered in 42 catagories in the US competition! The aged Raclette is only available in our Suttons Bay Tasting Room. Come and pick up a taste of the champion.

By |March 19th, 2006|Creamery|0 Comments

White House Serves Our Wines

Black Star Farms wines are becoming favorites of the White House chef. They have served our 2002 A Capella Ice Wine, our Sirius Maple Dessert Wine, and, most recently, our 2004 Arcturos Pinot Gris at various dinners and luncheons. Come on into our Tasting Room and see the official invitations and menus…and taste why our wines are winning this national recognition.

By |February 28th, 2006|Winery|0 Comments

Personalized Labels

We can now offer personalized labels for our wines at $1 per label, with a 12 bottle minimum. Let your imagination be your guide…we can scan a photo or drawing or just use your message. Contact Chris at the Tasting Room, 231-271-2970 ext. 130, or by email at, and your special gifts will be ready for giving.

By |December 19th, 2005|Winery|0 Comments

We can ship wine to you

If you live in one of the following states, we are now allowed to ship our wines direct to you:

New Mexico
North Carolina
Washington, DC
West Virginia

We’re working on the paperwork that will allow us to ship into several other states.
Watch this space for updates.

By |December 16th, 2005|Winery|0 Comments
  • Blackstar Farms consumers win!

Consumers Win!

Michigan consumers have won the battle!
The Michigan Senate and House have passed legislation allowing Michigan wineries to continue to ship wine to Michigan consumers, and the Governor signed the bill, with our Don Coe and State Senator, Michelle McManus looking on, during a visit to Traverse City on December 15th.
Out-of-state wineries will now also be able to ship wine to Michigan consumers, and Michigan wineries will now be able to ship wine to our consumers in many other states.

Blackstar Farms consumers win!

By |December 16th, 2005|Winery|0 Comments

Sirius Maple Takes Gold

We’ve added to our growing medal collection. The Michigan Syder Competition in Grand Rapids recently awarded a Gold Medal to our Sirius Maple Dessert Wine. Also received was a Siver for our Sirius Pear Dessert Wine and a Bronze for our Pear Wine.
How about bringing one of these home to dinner? They’re all delicious.

By |December 13th, 2005|Winery|0 Comments