(PAW PAW, Mich) – St. Julian Winery, founded in 1921 and recognized as Michigan’s longest-operating and most-awarded winery, was recently awarded “Best of Class” and “Double Gold” honors for Sweet Nancie Peach and Solera Cream Sherry at the 41st Annual Michigan Wine Competition in East Lansing. A “Double Gold” was also presented to On the Town—an elegantly sweet white wine, with aromas of papaya, peach custard and honey with a fruity light-to-medium body.
An additional 31 medals were also brought home from the competition, including 5 Gold, 18 Silver and 8 Bronze medals. The complete list is below.
“We are honored to receive these medals from such an esteemed panel of judges at the state’s longest-running wine competition,” says Nancie Oxley, St. Julian’s Vice President & Winemaker. “We’re looking forward to celebrating with our fellow Michigan wineries on Thursday evening at the annual Gold Medal Reception at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.”
Twenty-nine wine experts from around the country gathered July 31 for the annual competition, with Christopher Cook serving as Superintendent. This year, judges included Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon, and Doug Frost, who is both a Master Sommelier and Master of Wine, as well as notable wine writers, winemakers and wine educators.
Fifty-five of the state’s 145 wineries entered 413 wines into the 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 nine wines from a group of 95 Gold Medal winners, including 27 Double Gold.
In addition to the winery in downtown Paw Paw—where they produce award-winning wines, sparkling juices, spirits and cider—St. Julian operates tasting rooms in Dundee, Frankenmuth, Troy and Union Pier, with location opening this year in Rockford.
2018 Michigan Wine Competition Medals – St. Julian Winery
Best of Class & Double Gold
Sweet Nancie Peach
Solera Cream Sherry
On the Town
2015 BR Chancellor
2017 BR Late Harvest Vidal Blanc
2017 BR Late Harvest Vignoles
2017 BR Viognier
2017 BR Mountain Road Riesling
2016 BR Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 BR Chambourcin
2017 BR Grüner Veltliner
2016 BR Merlot
2017 BR Riesling Dry
2017 BR Sauvignon Blanc
2016 BR Tempranillo
2017 BR Tempranillo Rosé
2017 BR Traminette
Cock of the Walk
2017 St. Julian Reserve Late Harvest Riesling
2016 Red Blend Reserve Cap Drain #3
2017 St. Julian Reserve Riesling
2017 St. Julian Reserve Unoaked Chardonnay
2017 BR Albariño
2016 BR Cabernet Franc
2017 BR Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé
2016 BR Chardonnay
2016 Red Blend Reserve Cap Drain #2
2017 St. Julian Reserve Pinot Grigio