We are proud to announce our recent awards at the 32nd Annual Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition. This year the competition included 24 wine experts and a list of 395 entries from wineries across the state. Local judges included Amanda Danielson, owner of Trattoria Stella, and Master Sommelier Ron Edwards of Petoskey. Other judges included three Master Sommeliers, and internationally known authors, winemakers and wine educators.

Of the 14 Double Gold winners Black Star Farms received medals for the 2008 Arcturos Dry Riesling as well as the Sirius Raspberry Dessert Wine. The 2008 Arcturos Dry Riesling also took the special Judges Merit Award – a high honor award.

Gold medals were awarded to Black Star Farms 2007 Be Dazzled sparkling wine and the unique Spirit of the Vineyard Red Grappa. The 2008 Arcturos Late Harvest Riesling, 2008 Arcturos Sur Lie Chardonnay, 2007 Arcturos Cabernet Franc, are amongst many of our other wines that received silver medals.

A complete list of medal-winning wines is available online at www.michiganwines.com. The competition is sponsored by the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, which is administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.