Twenty-five wine experts gathered August 6 in East Lansing for the 36th annual Michigan Wine Competition. 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 distinctions.
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
The competition is co-sponsored by the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, which will hosted a Gold Medal Wine Reception featuring the best wines from the competition. For a complete list of winner from this year's competition click here