St. Julian Winery keeps on doing itself and this part of Michigan proud. The Paw Paw winery picked up 13 medals at a prestigious wine competition in February. But that's not the whole story. Michigan, once again, proving it's a mecca for wine makers and wine lovers.
The competition, the International Eastern Wine Competition in Santa Rosa, California. The winemakers at St. Julian, one of just 10 Michigan wineries to participate, and collectively, this group brought home more than any other state producer (72 medals were "earned" by wineries from the Michigan. If only the Tigers and Lions were this good.)
Back to St. Julian, of the thirteen medals, two were gold.
BEST OF CLASS – GOLD:
2020 Braganini Reserve Late Harvest Vignoles
SILVER MEDALS were for:
Light Solera Cream Sherry
Tre (which is a blend of Blaufrankisch , Marquette, and Rougeon)
2017 Braganini Reserve Cab Franc
2020 Braganini Reserve Riesling – Mountain Road Estate
BRONZE MEDALS went to:
2020 Braganini Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
2017 Braganini Reserve Meritage
2020 Winemaker Series Blaufrankisch Rose
2019 Braganini Reserve Traminette
2020 Braganini Reserve Albarino
2020 Winemaker Series Cinsault Rose
2019 Braganini Reserve Pinot Noir – Mountain Road Estate
The competition itself has been around since 1975 making it one of the oldest and longest-running wine competitions in the nation. A St. Julian release says "wines in this competition are judged simultaneously in two divisions: International Eastern Wine Competition and the West Coast Wine Competition, with traditional awards given in each division and the “Best of Show” winners moving on to compete in the “East Meets West Taste Off” to determine which wine reigns overall."