Riesling All Stars

The line up for the 2010 Riesling Rendezvous includes a full team from Northern Michigan. Participating wineries include, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Black Star Farms, Chateau Grand Traverse, Left Foot Charley, Peninsula Cellars, and 2 Lads. The wineries are also a co-sponsor of the event along with wine marketing boards of Germany, Alsace & Austria.

Riesling Rendezvous is an event that brings together leading experts and producers to explore the versatility of Rieslings from around the world.  Northern Michigan winemakers will have unprecedented opportunities to showcase their wines among the world’s great producers, influential media, trade professionals and interested consumers.

Equipped with award winning Rieslings and a new logo representing the hand as the “State of the Riesling” Northern Michigan winemakers will rendezvous with a purpose to highlight their success with this noble grape variety. As a co-sponsor of the event the wineries will be providing wine for one of the lunch programs, serving the region’s wine to more than 250 participants.

When asked about the event, Sean O’Keefe, winemaker at Chateau Grand Traverse elaborates that “a number of Northern Michigan winemakers have been working for many years to create what they believe to be a true regional style.  We are excited to be participating in this event, and look forward to presenting our wines alongside the classic Rieslings of Germany, Austria and Alsace.  This is a fabulous opportunity for us to show that not only “can” we grow Riesling in Northern Michigan, but that we can do so at the highest international level.”

The event will be held on July 11, 12 and 13th and is hosted by North America’s premier Riesling producer, Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state and Ernst Loosen of Germany’s renowned Dr. Loosen estate.

Information about Northern Michigan wineries participating is below:

Bowers Harbor Vineyards is a family run winery surrounded by epic views of Lake Michigan’s historic Bowers harbor. Our cool climate region produces dynamically expressive varietal wines.

Black Star Farms is a unique agricultural entity that features three tasting rooms, two winery production facilities, a distillery, B&B Inn, and equestrian facility.  The winery is proud to represent the viticultural diversity of the Northwest Michigan region.

Chateau Grand Traverse has moved into its second generation of family winemaking – and has grown to be one of the largest Riesling producers in the Eastern United States. Riesling is the winery’s passion, and it has been a tireless promoter of the variety as the Old Mission Peninsula’s signature grape.

Left Foot Charley is a winery located in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. The winery works with 14 local growers exclusively to provide the highest quality fruit for their varietal and blended wines.

 Peninsula Cellars is a family run winery located on the Old Mission Peninsula. Their philosophy toward wine making is minimalistic, allowing the regional expression of the fruit to come through.

 2 Lads Winery is a 10,500 square foot facility located on 58 acres on the Old Mission Peninsula. They specialize in cool climate red and sparkling wines.

In addition, the wines of Bel Lago and Chateau Chantal will be represented by Linda Jones, of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, as it is acting as co-sponsor for the Michigan portion of the event.

By |June 24th, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Twitter Tasting with the Supermarket Sommelier

We are at it again on Twitter…this time we are participating in a tasting with Supermarket Sommelier Bill Ging from the Oakland Press.  This is a fun and educational event that you can do without even leaving your house. 

Winemaker Lee Lutes has chosen to feature three of our wines including, 2008/09 Arcturos Pinot Gris (depending on availability either is fine), 2007 Arcturos Pinot Noir, and the Sirius Pear Dessert Wine. Lee will be leading the discussion and welcoming comments and reviews about all of the wines.  The idea behind these “twastings” is to make wine purchasing and tasting less daunting as well as more accessible for the average consumer. Participants are encouraged to look, smell, taste and then decide — just like they would if they were in one of our tasting rooms. Ging also writes a weekly column in the Oakland Press that corresponds with the scheduled Twitter tastings.

Want to participate? Pick up one, two, or all three of the featured wines at a local store (some suggestions are below) or order them on-line in time for the tasting next Thursday, June 24th. Log on at 7 p.m. to the Supermarket Sommelier Twitter site and the Black Star Farms Twitter site to sip, tweet and follow the conversation. Use hashtag #ttbsf.

Here is a list of stores and the featured wine(s) they stock in the Oakland County area:

  • Colasanti – all three wine, the Pinot Gris, the Pinot Noir and the Sirius Pear
  • Farmington Liquor – both the Pinot Gris and the Pinot Noir
  • Grapes & Hops Market – both the Pinot Gris and the Pinot Noir
  • Holiday Food Center – both the Pinot Gris and the Pinot Noir
  • Oxford Wine & Beverage  – Pinot Noir & Sirius Pear
  • P-Fino – both the Pinot Gris and the Pinot Noir
  • Plum Market – both the Pinot Gris and the Pinot Noir
  • Rudy’s Market – both the Pinot Gris and the Pinot Noir
  • Alex’s Market & Grill  – the Pinot Noir
  • Johnny Pomodoro’s – the Pinot Noir
  • Kroger in Bloomfield Hills – the Pinot Gris
  • Manny’s Liquor Shoppe – the Pinot Noir
  • Market Fresh – the Pinot Noir
  • Market Square of Birmingham – The Pinot Gris
  • Meadow’s Party Store – The Pinot Gris
  • Oakridge Market – the Pinot Noir
  • Red Wagon – the Pinot Noir
  • Royal Liquor – the Pinot Gris
  • Tom’s Market – the Pinot Gris
  • Westborn Fruit Market – the Sirius Pear

 We look forward to tasting with you soon!

By |June 15th, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|4 Comments

Cork and a Fork Photo Video

Here is a great photo video compiled by photographer, Laura Teeple. The photos were all taken during the Marigold Cork and Fork event in March at the Hearth & Vine. There are plans for another Cork and Fork event in September at TASTES of Black Star Farms. More details will follow…

Thanks Laura and the Marigold crew for the photos and the good time!

By |June 1st, 2010|Farm, Featured, Media, Tasting, Video, Winery|0 Comments

Great Lakes Great Wine Competition Results

Results are in from the 2010 Great Lakes Great Wine Competition. Seven gold, ten silver, and five bronze were awarded to an assortment of our wines from the straight varietal Arcturos wines to the Sirius dessert wines and some in between.

Gold and Silver Awards Were Awarded to the Following Wines:


  • 2007 A Capella Ice Wine
  • 2009 Arcturos Late Harvest Riesling
  • 2009 Arcturos Riesling
  • 2009 Arcturos Sur Lie Chardonnay
  • 2008 Arcturos Barrel Aged Chardonnay
  • Not Yet Released 2009 Isidor’s Choice Pinot Grigio
  • Sirius Maple Dessert Wine


  • 2008 Arcturos Pinot Gris
  • 2008 Black Star Farms Sparkling Wine
  • 2008 Isidor’s Choice Chardonnay
  • Black Star Farms Cherry Wine
  • 2009 Arcturos Pinot Noir Rosé
  • Red House White
  • Red House Red
  • Sirius Raspberry Dessert Wine
  • 2007 Arcturos Pinot Noir
  • 2007 Arcturos Cabernet Franc

We are proud to participate in this annual competition that helps raise funds for scholarships and other culinary education benefits. For a complete list of the results visit the Oaklund Community College website.


By |May 21st, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Tweet & Taste Michigan with Michigan by the Bottle


Michigan by the Bottle, a Macomb Township-based blog focusing on the state’s contributions to the wine industry, is partnering with us for another fun Tweet & Taste Michigan event.

The June 15th virtual wine tasting will allow Twitter users to interact with our head winemaker, Lee Lutes; several wine bloggers, including Michigan by the Bottle’s Shannon Casey; and Cortney Casey, as all participants simultaneously sample the following trio of Black Star wines personally selected by Lee. These wines include, 2010 Arcturos Sur Lie Chardonnay, 2010 Arcturos Pinot Noir Rosé, and the 2010 Arcturos Pinot Gris.

 Tweet & Taste’s goal is to make wine more accessible to the average consumer and specifically to 20- and 30-somethings who rely heavily on social networking, as well as promote Michigan-made products.

Here’s how it works:

1. Participating Twitter users can pick up the featured Black Star Farms wines at their local wine shops or from Participants ordering directly from us can save 20% on any or all of the three wines by using the code ttmi in the coupon code field (you will need to click the update button to show your discount).

2. Log onto Twitter at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15th,  either via or a Twitter client, such as TweetDeck.

3. Search using #ttmi, the Tweet & Taste Michigan hashtag.

 4. As the facilitators and winemaker taste through the wines, users can share impressions and ask questions, adding the #ttmi hashtag to every “tweet” to ensure everyone participating sees it.

Brief tutorial videos are available at, explaining how the event will work overall and helping Twitter newcomers set up a free account.


Established in June 2009, Michigan by the Bottle features original content like tasting notes, articles, in-depth winery video features and weekly video podcasts, as well as links to news stories on Michigan wine from across the Web. The site’s purpose is to educate consumers on the state’s presence in the wine industry, expose hidden gems right in residents’ own backyards and underscore the value of buying local.

By |May 15th, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|4 Comments

Michigan By the Bottle Podcasts with Lee Lutes

What is terroir? Can red wine really be made in Michigan? How exactly is ice wine made? Watch and learn as winemaker Lee Lutes participates in an interactive tasting with Shannon and Cortney Casey from Michigan By the Bottle.  Wines sampled include: 2008 Arcturos Pinot Gris, Red House Red, 2007 Vintner’s Select and the 2007 A Capella Ice Wine. For more information on the wines vist our wines page.

A big thank you to Shannon and Cortney for their support and constant promotion of our state’s wine industry.  Take a look at what they are writing, podcasting and tasting by following them on Facebook or Twitter @MichbytheBottle or by subscribing to their blog.

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By |May 5th, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

MI Cheese Makers Unite

Under a grant from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Cooperative Development, eleven Michigan cheese makers have formed the Michigan Cheese Makers Cooperative to help market their artisan cheeses in Michigan.   Leelanau Cheese Co. is one of the founding members.  Owner Anne Hoyt says,

It’s hard to do things yourself; there’s more power as a team.  You want to know how you can help each other. We can share new ideas, new cheeses and recipes. We’ve never had anyone to share these with before. It’s very exciting.

Eat and enjoy Michigan cheese!

By |April 26th, 2010|Creamery, Featured, Media, Tasting|1 Comment


Pure Michigan is previewing their 2010 ad campaign this week.  Part of Fresh was filmed at Black Star Farms.  Can you spot us?

If you’re having trouble finding us, look below for a peek at just how much goes into making a 30 second ad.

By |April 22nd, 2010|Creamery, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Stables, Tasting|0 Comments

Michigan By the Bottle Reviews Matterhorn Grill Dinner

If you’re a fan of fondue, you’ll likely enjoy the laid back feel of grilling at your own pace, dousing your creations with as little or as much of the cheese as you like, and delighting in the shifting tastes of the wines as the meal progresses.

Watch this great video to learn more about our Matterhorn Grill Dinners at TASTES of Black Star Farms from Shannon and Cortney Casey at  Michigan By the Bottle.

By |April 21st, 2010|Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Sneakers, Derby Hats and Wine

In the spirit of the Kentucky Derby and a goal to help Horse North Inc. raise funds, TASTES of Black Star Farms and Left Foot Charley have teamed up to host Run for the Rosés. The event will take place on May 1st and is a pair of foot races between TASTES and Left Foot Charley in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.  Don’t miss this outrageously fun event complete with crazy derby inspired hats, cups full of pink water, prizes and tastings of rosé wine at both wineries. There is a suggested donation of $5 for each participant with a 100% of the proceeds to benefit Horse North Rescue in Fife Lake.

For questions or to register in advance please call or email Coryn at Black Star Farms at 231-944-1311 or

By |April 17th, 2010|Event Planning, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|4 Comments