Recently released and oh so bubbly our 2008 Sparkling Wine was reviewed by Tony Brueski on thetastespot.com. As Tony notes this is not a sweet style sparkling wine but a rather dry one made in the classic brut style. This wine pairs well with an assortment of dishes as well as being wonderful on its own.
We would like to declare September as Pinot Noir month. To us it seems to be the perfect early fall weather wine. Cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, baked squash, apples, and everything else that signifies the onset of autumn make us think of this variety. As a medium-bodied red it is the perfect choice to accompany many fall inspired recipes. We recommend roasted turkey, duck, or pheasant paired with wild rice and butternut squash on the side.
Winemaker Lee Lutes’ passion for Pinot Noir shows in the four different varieties we have on sale. Those include, 2007 A Capella Pinot Noir, the 2007 Isidor’s Choice Pinot Noir, the 2008 Arcturos Pinot Noir, and the newly released 2009 Pinot Noir. We are currently offering a 20% off on both the Isidor’s Choice and the 2009 Pinot Noir. Call 231.944.1270 to order or order on-line and enter PNSALE in the special instructions link.
The 2007 A Capella Pinot Noir was also recently reviewed on thetastespot.com. View the short review:
The wine industry on the Old Mission Peninsula continues to grow in all of the right directions. Read more about it in this great article by Sandra Silfven at the Detroit News. Be sure to view the video as well to learn more from some of the key players involved.
With three Best of Class trophies and a total of seven gold and double gold medals at the recent 2010 Michigan Wine Competition winemaker Lee Lutes is buzzing with excitement. He is proud to be part of a team of individuals that made these awards possible.
“So often in this business the winemaker gets all of the credit when really the credit needs to be distributed to everyone involved in organization. I would like to personally thank all of our staff at Black Star Farms for their supported efforts around these wines. In addition we would like to express appreciation to the growers who consistently produce high quality fruit for us.”
Top award winners from Black Star Farms include:
- Best of Class Dry White: Black Star Farms - 2009 Arcturos Pinot Gris
- Best of Class Semi-Dry White: Black Star Farms - 2009 Arcturos Riesling
- Best of Class Sparkling Wine: Black Star Farms - 2008 Sparkling Wine
- Double Gold: 2007 A Capella Pinot Noir
The Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition is sponsored by the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, which is administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. The competition showcases Michigan wines to highly regarded analysts, winemakers and wine writers in the country. The competition is open only to wines produced from Michigan grapes and other fruit. This year forty-four of the state’s 73 wineries entered a record 399 wines.
Judges included five Master Sommeliers, and internationally known authors, winemakers and wine educators. Leading the group through the day was food and wine writer Christopher Cook, who judged at the competition for 12 years before becoming its superintendent in 2001. Cook is also a judge at wine competitions throughout the United States and abroad.
Wines are judged from dry to sweet and from white to red within sweetness level. Younger vintages precede older ones. Awards include, Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, Silver, Bronze and in select years Judges’ Merit. For more information on the awards and judging process visit the Michigan Wine and Grape Council website.
Lee further states that “We are honored to participate in this annual competition that supports us as winemakers, increases the public and trade about our industry as well as being a vehicle that guides the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council in their efforts to promote the quality of Michigan wines.”
A complete list of medal-winning wines is available online at www.michiganwines.com.
Michigan by the Bottle has also produced this great video covering the awards ceremony. The video includes interviews with the winemakers and loads of fun pictures.
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!