May is Michigan Wine Month

This is a time when we celebrate the many unique wineries in our beautiful state. To welcome Michigan Wine Month and the vacation season, both of our Traverse City area tasting rooms will be open 10-6 Monday-Saturday, and 11-5 on Sundays.  Be sure to stop by and taste the 2017 Arcturos Dry Riesling which was released on May 1st. This is a truly special wine that has gained a lot of attention in the past year. At the Canberra International Riesling Challenge, it was awarded “Best of Show”, “Best Dry Riesling” and “Best American Riesling”. In a competition of over 500 Rieslings representing 6 different countries, this wine scored 98/100 points and won a double-gold medal for its outstanding characteristics. This was a big deal for Black Star Farms, (and our Northern Michigan wine region), especially considering that all six wines we entered took home medals.  Even a silver medal feels a lot better when you lost the gold to another vintage from your own winery! We are proud of our winemaking team for accomplishing such noble merits in a competition that Jim Trezise, founder of the International Riesling Foundation and president of WineAmerica, said ” is the most rigorous and competitive event I’ve experienced as a judge.

Award-winning 2017 Arcturos Dry Riesling with many medals.

The 2017 Arcturos Dry Riesling is available at both of our tasting rooms and online. Once you get a bottle home, our winemaker suggests pouring yourself two glasses, one to taste right away, and one to set aside for a half hour with a light cloth draped over it. The complexity of this wine is demonstrated by its ability to evolve in a mere 30 minutes.

Riesling grapes tend to have a higher acidity level than most other white wine grapes and can produce complex wines with mouthwatering intensity. Riesling is great sipped on its own or paired with food.  Chef Jack Wenz, Culinary Director at Black Star Farms, suggests pairing it with a spicier dish such as chili rubbed grilled swordfish, topped with a mango relish and drizzled with a key lime aioli. The 2017 Dry Riesling will refresh, cleanse and cool down your palate without tasting too sweet.

example of chili rubbed grilled swordfish topped with a mango relish.

You can celebrate Michigan Wine Month with any of these great events!

Example of a vertical tasting of red wine with multiple glasses.

The Inn at Black Star Farms is also celebrating Michigan Wine Month with a special “TC Uncorked Package”.  For an additional $18 on top of your room rate you receive a package of our house made granola, a Traverse City logo water bottle,  a voucher for one pour for two people at each Traverse Wine Coast winery and a $30 gift certificate (for merchandise only, excludes tastings). Add this package to your stay by using promo code UNCORKED19 when booking online.

The Inn at Black Star Farms during spring with Magnolia trees blooming.

Take advantage of our special monthly coupon in honor of Michigan Wine Month!  Receive 20% off these staff picks!

Redeemable at our two Traverse City area tasting rooms, or online using promo code MIWINE.

Sip and celebrate Michigan Wine Month by paying us a visit. Witness the blossoming of the summer season and explore the many great things happening on the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas

About the Writer, Olivia Kiel

As a Tasting Room Representative and the new blogger for Black Star Farms, I get the opportunity to write and learn about wine (two of my favorite things!) every day. I’ve worked at both Traverse City area tasting rooms and developed a passion for everything Black Star Farms by working alongside the company’s best and pouring its finest wines. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University where I studied Writing and Business and have been a Northern Michigan resident for about three years. When I’m not at work, you’ll likely find me with a good book, enjoying the outdoors, or at a local winery tasting something new and exciting.

Photo of Olivia Kiel Black Star Farms Blog writer and Old Mission tasting room manager.