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

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

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Traverse City

Planning your travel itinerary for the season? Let us help you discover why Traverse City should be on your list of places to visit – especially if you are a wine lover and a foodie.  Top five reasons to visit include:

1. Traverse City is number one on Foodie Finds: 10 Surprising Food Cities. 

“Known as the Cherry Capital of the World, the Lake Michigan resort town of Traverse City does a pretty good job with other foods too. With plenty of award-winning restaurants, wineries, farmers markets and dairies, Traverse City has been called “a new foodie haven” by The Huffington Post“…read more.

2.  The area was recently named one of the Best Midwest Food Towns by Midwest Living.

“If Disney World had a Foodland, it might look a little like Traverse City, Michigan (population: 142,000). Too-cute-to-be-true storefronts line downtown’s Front Street”…read more.

3.  We have world class award winning wines with Riesling being the most popular variety in the region.

“This complex and cold-hardy German varietal, the stuff of youthful hangovers and wine-geek reverence, has put Michigan winemaking on the map and runs the spectrum from racy and dry to thick and sweet”…read more.

4.   If you are a Michigander or a Midwestner that has never tried our wines you may be pleasantly surprised like former Midwesterner Andrew Putz, Editor in Chief of Boston Magazine.

“The more I heard friends gush about the wine country near Traverse City, Michigan, the more curious I became. So I began to investigate. I’d always thought Michigan too cold to grow grapes, but I learned that this part of the state lies near the 45th parallel, just like Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace”…read more.

5. We have chocolate, cherries and plenty of wine – all of which can be sampled in one form or another at our wine trail events throughout the year. You can find a complete listing of events on either the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail or the Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trial websites.

There are also art galleries, brew pubs and miles of beaches…What more do you need? For more information about the Traverse City area including lodging and special offers visit the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau.




By |April 8th, 2010|Event Planning, Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Student Tour at Black Star Farms Old Mission

Fostering new knowledge and growth for students is something we take to heart at Black Star Farms. Tours of the farm and winery are provided monthly by Don Coe & Lee Lutes.  Tours are often given to culinary students, aspiring winemakers, business students or anyone else who is interested in learning about agricultural tourism, grape growing and winemaking. We feel strongly about providing a foundation of knowledge for individuals aspiring to become a part of this industry or an industry directly related to ours.
We were recently able to capture a short video of a tour Lee hosted with a Michigan State University student at our Old Mission winery. As part of a class called “Wines and Vines” at Michigan State University with Dr. Ron Perry she had a requirement to visit a Michigan winery and she choose us. Lee provided a tour of the winemaking facility as well as a brief introduction to the distillation process and the spirits that we produce at Black Star Farms.  This video highlights Lee’s talk about distillation and was videoed at the distillery in our Old Mission winery facility.


By |March 30th, 2010|Event Planning, Farm, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Chocolate, Cherries, Cheesecake & Wine

Mother-Daughter Bonding in Traverse City

Thanks Marcia Frost for choosing to vacation up north and for sharing your experience to your readers.

The mother-daughter getaways began nearly 15 years ago as a celebration of my daughter’s “double-digit” birthday. It was our first adventure alone together and it was to Nassau in the Bahamas. For years we made a habit of annual trips to beach locations around the Caribbean. Of course, the trips changed quite a bit over the years as the 10 year old turned into an adult.

It’s been a tough few years for various reasons and we haven’t had a getaway for the two of us in awhile. When I had the opportunity to bring someone on my trip to Traverse City, I thought it would be great to make it mother-daughter time….read more about this wonderful trip to our beautiful corner of Michigan.

By |March 23rd, 2010|Event Planning, Featured, Inn, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Tweet and Taste MI Podcast

If you missed the Tweet and Taste Michigan event featuring our wines take a look at this podcast by the idea man himself, Shannon Casey.  This was a great virtual event with 66 participants and 863 tweets. The conversations were fun, educating, and exciting and they can also be viewed here.  

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this event a success. A special thank-you to wine bloggers Shannon & Cortney Casey at MichiganbytheBottle, Claudia Tyagi, MS. (@Winegenie on Twitter), George Heritier and Kim Adams at Gang of Pour, Chris Ternes at The Wineauxs, Mike Fifer at The Wine Monologues, and Bill Wilson at Wine for Newbies.

By |March 10th, 2010|Event Planning, Featured, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments

Cork and a Fork

A Cork and A Fork

CorkandForkAt last, a bottle of wine has found its place on the family dinner table! Join us for our 1st Cork and a Fork with Marigold Productions! We’ll taste wines and enjoy hors d’oeuevres at the Hearth and Vine on March 29th from 6pm – 8pm.  Chef Johnathon Dayton and Chef Paul Carlson will show us how to cook a family meal of beef short ribs cooked en daube.  Guests will leave with a pre-packaged main course, a bottle of wine and a fabulous recipe! For more information click here.

By |March 2nd, 2010|Farm, Featured, Inn, Media, Tasting, Winery|0 Comments