Fifty-five of the state’s 102 wineries entered a record 450 wines for this year’s competition, which is open only to wine produced from Michigan grapes and other fruit. Gold medals were awarded to a wide variety of wines — from bone-dry reds to sweet and luscious dessert wines. At the end of the day, judges awarded the top “Best of Class” awards to six wines from a group of 42 gold medal winners, including six double gold.
The top award-winners are:
Sparkling: Black Star Farms 2012 “BeDazzled”
Dry White: Chateau Fontaine 2012 Pinot Blanc
Dry Red: Peninsula Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc
Semi-dry White: Boathouse Vineyards 2012 “Knot Too Sweet” Riesling
Semi-dry Red: Karma Vista Vineyards 2012 Devil’s Head Red
Dessert: Brys Estate 2011 “Dry Ice” Riesling Ice Wine
Visit www.michiganwines.com for more information, and for a complete list of the medal-winning wines.
The competition is also sponsored by the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, which is administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. For more information about the wines and wineries of Michigan, contact the council online, or by phone at 517-241-4468.