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Judges Choose the Best of Michigan's Wines

by Lisa Diggs

Since the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council disbanded last year to become part of the newly-created Michigan Craft Beverage Council, there was a lot of talk and fear that the state’s annual wine competition would go away, or at least become less than it once was. Fortunately, a team of partners stepped in to rescue the competition as well as the reception that celebrates the victors. The Michigan Wine Collaborative joined forces with host venue the Kellogg Center in Lansing and Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business to pull off the competition and reception to glowing reviews.

This was the 42nd year of the annual competition and it included 439 entries from 63 of the state’s wineries. A panel of 24 official and 6 honorary judges sampled, reviewed and awarded medals. Leland’s Verterra Winery had a stellar showing with 2 of their submissions chosen as Best of Class, while St Julian in Paw Paw took away the most hardware with 37 medals, including a Double Gold for its Braganini Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017.

Behind the scenes, 9 MSU hospitality students gained valuable event planning experience as they worked to maintain the quality of the event with a new team of producers. The student involvement in the event is slated to continue in the future. The reception they helped plan, which took place on August 8, 2019, included strolling servers with small bites, plenty of delicious wine, and numerous accolades honoring these medalists…

BEST OF CLASS
Dry Red: Youngblood Vineyards Marquette Estate Grown 2018
Semi-dry Red: Chateau Fontaine Winery Big Paw Red NV
Dry White: Verterra Winery Pinot Blanc 2018
Semi-dry White: Amoritas Vineyards Mary’s Folly White Wine Field Blend 2017
Sparkling: Mawby Sparking Wines Blanc Brut NV
Fruit:  Yooper Winery Little Portal Point Plum NV    
Rosé: Verterra Winery Rosé of Pinot Noir Dry 2018
Dessert: Bel Lago Riesling Ice Wine 2017

DOUBLE GOLD 

Amoritas Vineyards Fascinator Dry Muscat 2018
Amoritas Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2018
Bel Lago Riesling Ice Wine 2017 (BEST OF CLASS)
Good Harbor Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling 2017
Karma Vista Vineyards Stone Temple Pinot 2015
Laurentide Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Leelanau Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Lemon Creek Winery Kerner 2018
Shady Lane Cellars Semi Dry Riesling 2017
St. Ambrose Cellars Sunset Beach NV
St. Julian Winery/Braganini Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Verterra Winery Pinot Blanc 2018 (BEST OF CLASS)
Verterra Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2018
Walloon Lake Winery Reycraft Red NV
Youngblood Vineyards Marquette Estate Grown 2018 (BEST OF CLASS)

GOLD

12 Corners Vineyards Aromella 2018
12 Corners Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2017
45 North Vineyard & Winery Select Harvest Riesling 2017
Amoritas Vineyards Mary’s Folly White Wine Field Blend 2017 (BEST OF CLASS)
Aurora Cellars Brut Rosé 2017
Aurora Cellars Pinot Grigio 2018

Black Star Farms Arcturos Gewürztraminer 2018
Black Star Farms Arcturos Pinot Gris 2018
Black Star Farms Arcturos Pinot Noir Rose 2018
Blustone Vineyards Chardonnay 2018
Blustone Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2018
Burgdorf’s Winery Faye Cabernet Franc 2017
Burgdorf’s Winery Pinot Gris 2018
Cellar 1914 Marechal Foch NV
Chateau Chantal Amour Rosé 2018
Chateau Chantal Entice NV
Chateau Chantal Proprietors Reserve Pontes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
Chateau Fontaine Winery “Cows on the Beach” Bubbly Muscat 2017
Chateau Fontaine Winery Big Paw Red NV (BEST OF CLASS)
Chateau Fontaine Winery Gewurztraminer 2018
Chateau Fontaine Winery Grüner Veltliner 2017
Chateau Fontaine Winery Pinot Gris 2016
Chateau Fontaine Winery Viognier 2017
Chateau Fontaine Winery Wall of Goats 2018
Chateau Grand Traverse Block Twelve 2017
Chateau Grand Traverse Limited Pinot Noir 2017
Chateau Grand Traverse Pinot Noir Rosé Vin Gris 2017
Cherry Republic Sunset Blush NV
Ciccone Vineyard & Winery Gewürztraminer 2018
Crane’s Winery Late Harvest Riesling 2017
Crane’s Winery Montage NV
End of the Road Winery All That Crazz NV
Glass Creek Winery Cayuga White 2018
Good Harbor Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé 2017
Hickory Creek Winery Winemaker’s Reserve Traminette 2018
Karma Vista Vineyards Gunzan Rosé NV
Karma Vista Vineyards Reserve Syrah 2015
Laurentide Winery Riesling 2018
Lawton Ridge Winery Semi-Sweet Riesling 2018
Lawton Ridge Winery Two Handed Red 2017
Lazy Ballerina Winery Attitude Rosé NV
Lazy Ballerina Winery Cab Franc Reserve NV
Left Foot Charley Winery Dry Riesling 2017
Left Foot Charley Winery Gitali 2016
Left Foot Charley Winery Pinot Blanc Island View Vineyard 2017
Mackinaw Trail Winery Blueberry NV
Mackinaw Trail Winery Estate Grown Frontenac Gris 2018
Mari Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling 2017
Mawby Sparking Wines Blanc Brut NV (BEST OF CLASS)
Mawby Sparking Wines Talis Brut NV
Modales Cabernet Franc 2016
Modales Pinot Gris 2018
Northern Sun Winery La Crecent 2017
Northern Sun Winery Ragazza Di Sole 2017
Petoskey Farms First Crush Sweet Rosé 2018
Rove Estate Winery Merlot 2016
Shady Lane Cellars Dry Riesling 2016
Shady Lane Cellars Reserve Cabernet Franc 2016
St. Ambrose Cellars Cabernet Franc 2017
St. Ambrose Cellars Chardonnay 2018
St. Ambrose Cellars Pinot Grigio 2018
St. Ambrose Cellars Secret Beach NV
St. Julian Winery Solera Cream Sherry NV
St. Julian Winery Sweet Nancie Sparkling Peach NV
St. Julian Winery Sweet Revenge NV
St. Julian Winery/Braganini Michigan Reserve Late Harvest Vignoles 2018
St. Julian Winery/Braganini Michigan Reserve Porpetto a Sweet White Wine 2018
St. Julian Winery/Braganini Reserve Traminette 2018
St. Julian Winery/WMS Traminette/La Crescent 2018
Tabor Hill Albariño 2018
Tabor Hill Cherry NV
Tabor Hill Rosé 2018Two K Farms Colonnade NV
Verterra Winery Rosé of Pinot Noir Dry 2018 (BEST OF CLASS)
Walloon Lake Winery North Arm Noir 2017
White Pine Winery Mirage Reserve 2017
Yooper Winery Little Portal Point Plum NV (BEST OF CLASS)
 
SILVER
12 Corners Vineyards Beach Cottage Red NV
45 North Vineyard & Winery Chardonnay 2017
45 North Vineyard & Winery Dry Riesling 2017
45 North Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir 2017
45 North Vineyard & Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2018
45 North Vineyard & Winery Sparkling Peach Wine NV
Aurora Cellars Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016
Aurora Cellars Blaufrankisch 2016
Aurora Cellars Gewürztraminer 2018
Aurora Cellars Luminous NV
Aurora Cellars Medium Sweet Riesling 2017
Aurora Cellars Pinot Grigio 2017
Aurora Cellars Radiance NV
Bel Lago Auxerrois Moreno Block 2017
Bel Lago Bel Lago Red Wine Dry Red Table Wine NV
Bel Lago Gewurztraminer 2017
bigLITTLE Winery Driftwood 2017
bigLITTLE Winery Mixtape 2017
Black Star Farms Arcturos Cabernet Franc 2017
Black Star Farms Arcturos Merlot 2016
Black Star Farms Arcturos Pinot Blanc 2017
Black Star Farms Arcturos Pinot Noir 2017
Black Star Farms Arcturos Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Black Star Farms Arcturos Semi Dry Riesling 2017
Black Star Farms Arcturos Sur Lie Chardonnay 2017
Black Star Farms Leorie Vineyards Merlot/Cab Franc 2016
Black Star Farms Red House Red NV
Blue Water Winery & Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay 2018
Blustone Vineyards Ad Lib 2017
Blustone Vineyards Blu Sparkling Riesling 2018
Blustone Vineyards Cabernet Franc Rose 2018
Blustone Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling 2018
Blustone Vineyards Riesling 2018
Blustone Vineyards Winemaker’s Red 2017
Boathouse Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2016
Boathouse Vineyards Knot Too Sweet Riesling 2018
Boathouse Vineyards Merlot 2016
Boathouse Vineyards Northern Lights Sweet Riesling 2017
Boathouse Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017
Brengman Brothers Artist Series Chardonnay Concrete 2017
Brengman Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Brengman Brothers Traverse Coast 2018
Burgdorf’s Winery A Maize’n Blue Blueberry Wine NV
Burgdorf’s Winery Fischer’s Reserve (Chancellor) 2017
Burgdorf’s Winery Spartan Red 2017
Burgdorf’s Winery Spartan Reserve 2017
Burgdorf’s Winery Spartan White Semi Sweet White Wine 2017
Burgdorf’s Winery Strawberry Rhubarb NV
Burgdorf’s Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2018
Cellar 1914 Baco Noir NV
Cellar 1914 Snow Daze NV
Charlevoix Moon Artisan Wine La Crescent Moon 2018
Charlevoix Moon Artisan Wine Ooga Ooga Cayuga 2018
Charlevoix Moon Artisan Wine Riesling 2018
Chateau Chantal Celebrate NV
Chateau Chantal Michigan Cran-Apple NV
Chateau Chantal Naughty White NV
Chateau Chantal Pinot Blanc 2018
Chateau Chantal Semi Dry Riesling 2017
Chateau Chantal Tonight NV
Chateau Fontaine Winery Chardonnay 2017
Chateau Fontaine Winery Cherry Wine NV
Chateau Fontaine Winery Laughing Waters 2018
Chateau Fontaine Winery Pinot Blanc 2017
Chateau Fontaine Winery Pinot Noir 2017
Chateau Fontaine Winery Riesling 2017
Chateau Fontaine Winery Riesling 2016
Chateau Grand Traverse Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2017
Chateau Grand Traverse Dry Riesling 2017
Chateau Grand Traverse Etcetera Rosé 2017
Chateau Grand Traverse Limited Gamay Noir 2017
Chateau Grand Traverse Pinot Grigio 2017
Chateau Grand Traverse Ship of Fools 2017
Chateau Grand Traverse Silhouette 2016
Cherry Republic Balaton NV
Cherry Republic Conservency NV
Ciccone Vineyard & Winery Figlia 2018
Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery Cabernet Franc 2017
Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2018
Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery Marsanne-Roussanne 2018
Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery Peach Wine NV
Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery Pinot Noir 2017
Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery Rosé 2018
Crane’s Winery Merlot 2016
Crane’s Winery The Homestead NV
Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery G&G Reserve Petite Pearl 2017
End of the Road Winery Blackberry NV
End of the Road Winery La Crescent 2018
End of the Road Winery Mount Me Cherry NV
End of the Road Winery White Tranquility 2018
Fenn Valley Vineyards Dry Traminette 2018
Fenn Valley Vineyards Sonata NV
Free Run Cellars Dry Riesling 2018
Free Run Cellars Pinot Blanc 2017
French Valley Vineyard Cherry NV
French Valley Vineyard Jubilee 2017
French Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
Glass Creek Winery Frontenac 2018
Glass Creek Winery Niagara 2018
Glass Creek Winery Pear NV
Glass Creek Winery Red Raspberry NV
Good Harbor Vineyards Chardonnay 2017
Good Harbor Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2017
Good Harbor Vineyards Sparkling Grüner Veltliner 2017
Good Harbor Vineyards Tribute Chardonnay 2017
Karma Vista Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Karma Vista Vineyards Grand Sun Syrah 2016
Karma Vista Vineyards Marquette 2017
Karma Vista Vineyards Merlot 2016
Karma Vista Vineyards Peach Train NV
Laurentide Winery Emergence White 2018
Laurentide Winery Sweet Riesling 2018
Lawton Ridge Winery AZO white 2017
Lawton Ridge Winery Pinot Grigio 2018
Lawton Ridge Winery Sparkling Rosé 2016
Lazy Ballerina Winery Cranberry NV
Lazy Ballerina Winery Nita’s Niagara NV
Leelanau Wine Cellars Dry Riesling 2016
Leelanau Wine Cellars Late Harvest Riesling 2017
Leelanau Wine Cellars Pinot Grigio 2017
Left Foot Charley Winery Kerner 2017
Left Foot Charley Winery Seventh Hill Farm Riesling 2016
Left Foot Charley Winery The Missing Spire Michigan Riesling 2018
Lemon Creek Winery Blanc de Blanc Brut NV
Lemon Creek Winery Blanc de Noirs Brut NV
Lemon Creek Winery Carmenere 2016
Lemon Creek Winery Chardonnay 2018
Lemon Creek Winery Compass Rosé NV
Lemon Creek Winery Grand Lacs Rouge` NV
Lemon Creek Winery Pheasant Run Red NV
Lemon Creek Winery Pinot Blanc 2018
Lemon Creek Winery Pinot Noir 2016
Little Man Winery Charlie’s Choice NV
Little Man Winery Sweet Inspiration NV
Little Man Winery Vision Private Selection NV
Love Wines Michigan Marquette NV
Mackinaw Trail Winery Blackberry NV
Mackinaw Trail Winery Estate Grown Marquette 2017
Mackinaw Trail Winery Estate Grown Marquette Rosé 2018
Mackinaw Trail Winery Estate Grown Select Harvest La Crescent 2018
Mackinaw Trail Winery/Unrestricted Barrel Reserve Chardonnay 2016
Mackinaw Trail Winery/Unrestricted Cuvée No.7 2015
Mari Vineyards Praefectus 2017
Mari Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Mari Vineyards Troglodyte Bianco 2017
Mari Vineyards Troglodyte Rosso 2017
Modales Dry Riesling 2018
Modales Riesling 2018
Modales Rosé 2018
Northern Sun Winery Marquette 2017
Northern Sun Winery Sur-lie Frog 2017
Petoskey Farms Marquette NV
Petoskey Farms Marquette Rosé 2018
Petoskey Farms Sweet Riesling 2018
Rove Estate Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2017
Sandhill Crane Vineyards Estate Marquette Bourbon Barrel Reserve 2017
Shady Lane Cellars Grüner Veltliner 2017
Shady Lane Cellars Pinot Gris 2017
Shady Lane Cellars Reserve Blaufränkisch 2016
St. Ambrose Cellars Dry Riesling ‘Daddy Long Legs Vineyard’ 2017
St. Ambrose Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2018
St. Julian Winery “Traditional” Sangria NV
St. Julian Winery Blueberry NV
St. Julian Winery Cock of the Walk NV
St. Julian Winery Late Nights NV
St. Julian Winery On the Town NV
St. Julian Winery Pinot Grigio Reserve 2018
St. Julian Winery Reserve Late Harvest Riesling 2018
St. Julian Winery Reserve White NV
St. Julian Winery Riesling Reserve 2018
St. Julian Winery Sweet Nancie Sparkling Cherry NV
St. Julian Winery Sweet Nancie Sparkling Traminette NV
St. Julian Winery/Braganini Michigan Reserve Grüner Veltliner 2018
St. Julian Winery/Braganini Reserve Albarino 2018
St. Julian Winery/Braganini Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2018
St. Julian Winery/Braganini Reserve Serious Rosé 2018
St. Julian Winery/Mountain Road Winery Estate Riesling 2018
St. Julian Winery/WMS Albarino/Riesling 2018
St. Julian Winery/WMS Chambourcin/Chancellor 2017
St. Julian Winery/WMS Chardonnay Unoaked 2018
St. Julian Winery/WMS Chardonnay/Pinot Gris 2018
St. Julian Winery/WMS Sol Rouge Cabernet Franc 2017
Tabone Vineyards Estate Riesling 2016
Tabone Vineyards Estate Semi Sweet Pinot Gris 2017
Tabone Vineyards Estate Sweet Harvest Riesling 2017
Tabone Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Meunier 2018
Tabor Hill Blueberry Franc NV
Tabor Hill Dry Gewürztraminer 2018
Tabor Hill Grand Mark NV
Tabor Hill Pinot Blanc 2018
Two K Farms Cille 2017
Two K Farms Riesling 2017
Verterra Winery Riesling Dry 2018
Walloon Lake Winery Wildwood 2018
Walloon Lake Winery Windemere White NV
White Pine Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve 2017
White Pine Winery Cabernet Franc Sophie’s Vineyard Reserve 2017
White Pine Winery Dune Shadow Red NV
Wyncroft Shou 2017
Wyncroft Shou 2017
Yooper Winery Marquette NV
Yooper Winery Raspberry NV
Yooper Winery Strawberry NV
Youngblood Vineyards Frontenac Estate Grown 2018
Youngblood Vineyards Petite Pearl Estate Grown 2018
Youngblood Vineyards Rosé of Petite Pearl 2018
 
BRONZE
12 Corners Vineyards Sparkling Vidal Ice Wine 2017
45 North Vineyard & Winery Pinot Gris Winemaker’s Reserve 2016
45 North Vineyard & Winery Riesling Winemaker’s Reserve 2017
Black Star Farms Arcturos Gamay Noir 2017
Black Star Farms Arcturos Grüner Veltliner 2017
Blue Water Winery & Vineyard Marquette 2018
Boathouse Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2018
Brengman Brothers Block 65 Blend 2017
Brengman Brothers Dagudscht 2018
Brengman Brothers Riesling Trocken 2018
Burgdorf’s Winery Golden Temptation Michigan Sweet Vidal Blanc NV
Burgdorf’s Winery Vignoles 2017
Burgdorf’s Winery Wolverine White 2016
Cadillac Winery Raspberry Wine NV
Cadillac Winery Spinning Jenny NV
Cellar 1914 La Crescent NV
Charlevoix Moon Artisan Wine Beacon17 Riesling 2017
Charlevoix Moon Artisan Wine Marechal Foch 2016
Chateau Fontaine Winery Woodland White 2016
Chateau Grand Traverse Late Harvest Chardonnay 2017
Chateau Grand Traverse Late Harvest Riesling 2017
Ciccone Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Franc 2017
Ciccone Vineyard & Winery Pinot Grigio 2017
Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery Pinot Gris 2018
Crane’s Winery Dry Riesling 2018
Crane’s Winery Pinot Grigio 2018
End of the Road Winery Frontenac 2018
End of the Road Winery Marquette 2018
End of the Road Winery Northern Lights Blush NV
Fenn Valley Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2018
French Valley Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
French Valley Vineyard Jezebelle 2016
French Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir NV
French Valley Vineyard Rose NV
Glass Creek Winery Apple NV
Glass Creek Winery Blackberry NV
Glass Creek Winery Traminette 2018
Good Harbor Vineyards Trillium NV
Hickory Creek Winery Late Harvest Vidal Blanc 2018
Karma Vista Vineyards Cha Cha Chardonnay 2017
Karma Vista Vineyards Surrealistic Pinot 2016
Leelanau Wine Cellars Chardonnay 2018
Leelanau Wine Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2016
Leelanau Wine Cellars Vignoles 2018
Left Foot Charley Winery Tale Feathers Pinot Gris 2017
Lemon Creek Winery Gewurztraminer 2018
Lemon Creek Winery Pinot Grigio 2018
Lemon Creek Winery Riesling 2018
Lemon Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Little Man Winery Nana’s Kiss NV
Love Wines Queen Anne’s Revenge NV
Mackinaw Trail Winery Razzberry NV
Mackinaw Trail Winery/Unrestricted Dry Riesling 2018
Mari Vineyards Dry Riesling 2017
Mari Vineyards Gewürztraminer 2016
Mari Vineyards Pinot Bianco 2017
Mawby Sparking Wines Green Semi Dry NV
Moonrise Cabernet Franc Rosé NV
Moonrise Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Moonrise Heritage NV
Rove Estate Winery Cuvée Rosé 2017
Rove Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2017
Rove Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Sandhill Crane Vineyards 1420 NV
Sandhill Crane Vineyards 840 Reserve NV
Sandhill Crane Vineyards Estate Chambourcin Bourbon Barrel Reserve NV
Sandhill Crane Vineyards Norm’s Legacy NV
Sandhill Crane Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2017
Sandhill Crane Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2017
Seasons of the North Winery Backroads NV
Spare Key Winery Elvira 2017
Spare Key Winery Golden Muscat 2018
Spare Key Winery Landot/Marquette 2018
St. Ambrose Cellars Cottage Red NV
St. Ambrose Cellars Merlot 2016
St. Ambrose Cellars Oak Barrel Chardonnay 2018
St. Julian Winery Envy NV
St. Julian Winery/Braganini Michigan Reserve Merlot 2016
St. Julian Winery/Braganini Michigan Reserve Chambourcin 2016
St. Julian Winery/Braganini Reserve Late Harvest Vidal Blanc 2018
St. Julian Winery/Braganini Reserve Viognier 2018
St. Julian Winery/WMS Chambourcin Rosé 2018
St. Julian Winery/WMS Gewürztraminer/Riesling 2018
St. Julian Winery/WMS Marquette Double Barrel 2017
Tabone Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2016
Tabone Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris 2017
Tabone Vineyards Estate Red Wine 2016
Tabone Vineyards Estate Riesling 2014
Tabor Hill Chardonnay 2018
Tabor Hill Merlot 2016
White Pine Winery Riesling Reserve 2017
White Pine Winery Traminette 2017
Youngblood Vineyards Frontenac Blanc 2018 

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