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West Michigan wineries medal at competition

September 15, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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A number of wineries in West Michigan brought home medals from the Michigan Wine Competition.

Among the winners is Karma Vista Vineyards in Colma, which won one of eight Best of Class awards, in the Semi-dry Red category.

The Michigan Wine Competition was held last month and featured 373 wines from 48 of the state’s 115 wineries.

Judges for the event in East Lansing included Master Sommeliers Madeline Triffon, Claudia Tyagi, Kathy Morgan and Doug Frost. Other judges included wine writers, educators and winemakers.

Triffon, who is director of wine at Plum Market, described the collection of wines as “an exciting array, especially in the reds. Pinot, Cabernet Franc, meritage and other blends were very strong.”

Best of Class

Sparkling: Mawby, L Mawby Tradition

Dry White: Boathouse Vineyards, 2013 Dry Dock Riesling

Dry Red: Mari Vineyards, 2012 Praefectus

Semi-dry White: Boathouse Vineyards, 2014 Semi-Sweet Riesling

Semi-dry Red: Karma Vista Vineyards, 2014 Devil’s Head Red

Dessert: 45 North Vineyard & Winery, 2013 Riesling Ice Wine

Fruit: Chateau de Leelanau, Cherry Wine

Rosé: St. Ambrose Cellars, 2014 Vin Gris from Pinot Noir

West Michigan wineries

St. Julian Wine Company in Paw Paw was the region’s biggest winner with 21 medals, including two golds for its Braganini Reserves, Riesling and Traminette. The winery also won seven silvers and 12 bronze.

Saugatuck’s Tabor Hill Winery won 19 medals, including four golds for its Classic Demi Sec, Special Select Classic Demi Sec, Valvin Muscat and Dry Traminette. Its 2004 Cabernet Franc Port won silver, along with five other wines.

Lemon Creek Winery in Grand Haven won 15 medals, including a gold for its 2012 Pinot Noir. Silvers for Lemon Creek came for its Kerner, Merlot, Chardonnay Reserve, Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Franc.

Fennville’s Fenn Valley Vineyards won 11 awards. The winery’s Blanc de Noir and 2013 Meritage won gold. Traminette, Riesling, Late Harvest Vignoles, Capriccio and Celita’s Vino Verde won silver.

Grand Haven’s 12 Corners won a gold and three silvers for its Beach Cottage Red, Beach Cottage Vacation White, Merlot and Blue Creek Semi-Dry Rose.

South Haven’s Little Man Winery won gold for its Riesling.

Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery in Paw Paw won two golds, a silver and three bronzes for its Petoro White Wine, Chambourcin, Dry Riesling, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cetiri Red Wine.

Berrian Springs’ Free Run Cellars won two silvers and two bronzes for its Dry Riesling, Syrah, Dry Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Franc.

White Pine Winery in St. Joseph won eight medals, including gold for its White expression, Syrah Reserve, Cabernet Franc Reserve and Dune Shadow Red.

Contessa Wine Cellars of Coloma won two golds, a silver and a bronze for its Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Tres Tenores and Chardonnay Reserve.

Best of Class winner Karma Vista from in Coloma won nine other awards. Its Peach Train won a double gold. Razz M’Tazz, Riesling, Cha Cha Chardonnay and Karisma won silver. Syrah, Stone Temple Pinot, Marquette and Merlot won Bronze.

Lawton Ridge Winery in Kalamazoo won four silvers for its Merlot, Two Handed Red, Riesling and Pinot Grigio Estate.

Dablon Vineyards won a silver and two bronzes for its Moraine Vineyards Baroda Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Round Barn Winery in Baroda won a silver and two bronze for its Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir.

Micheal Merchant won for silver and bronze for his Signature Blends. Red received silver and white received bronze.

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