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2017 Best of Class wines

2017 Michigan Wine Competition

The results are in!

380 wines from 58 Michigan wineries competed on July 18 for the Best of Class distinction in 8 different categories. The winners are:

Sparkling - L. Mawby, Grace
Dry White - Verterra Winery, 2016 Dry Riesling
Semi-Dry White - Tabor Hill Winery, 2016 Gewurztraminer
Dry Red - Walloon Lake Winery, North Arm Noir
Semi-Dry Red - Lemon Creek Winery , Pheasant Run Red
Rose' - Chateau Fontaine, 2016 Laughing Waters Dry Rose'
Fruit - Mackinaw Trail Winery, Blueberry
Dessert - St. Julian Wine Company, Solera Cream Sherry

Congratulations to all the medal winners!

View the full list of medals awarded.

View the full press release.

The Gold Medal Reception takes place on July 27, 5-8 pm. Be one of the first to sample the award winning wines and excellent food pairings at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing.

Purchase tickets | Discounts apply for Vintage Michigan members.


  • Fri, Jul 21 to Thu, Oct 26, 2017
    7-Course Wine Pairing Dinners at Chateau Chantal-NW Michigan
    $85 per person, includes tax, tip & wines 7-Course Wine Pairing Dinner at Chateau Chantal Winery & Inn Our Wine Dinners are the perfect way to experience the best of Northern Michigan. Our delicious local wines are paired with a 7-course meal prepared fresh by our talented in-house Chef. Learn from...
  • Fri, Jul 21 to Fri, Oct 27, 2017
    Black Star Farms Estate & Wine Tasting Tours-NW Michigan
    Experience Black Star Farms Suttons Bay in a whole new way! Join us for a 45 minute guided tour through our breathtaking property including the centennial barn and wine cave while learning the history of our iconic 160 acre estate and the incredible journey from grape to glass. Tour concludes with...
  • Fri, Jul 21 to Fri, Oct 27, 2017
    Black Star Farms Great Lakes Fish Boil-NW Michigan
    Experience traditional Great Lakes Fish Boils at the Hearth & Vine Cafe at Black Star Farms Suttons Bay. The boil starts at 6:30 PM with a small presentation, followed by the spectacular boil-off signifying that the fish is done. Dinner is served at 7:00 PM and can be enjoyed in the dining room or...
  • Fri, Jul 21 to Sun, Jul 23, 2017
    Live Music at Dablon Vineyards-SW Michigan
    Enjoy a glass of wine while you listen to live music at Dablon Vineyards. June 4th 2:30-5:30 Live Music by 'After Ours' June 9th 4:30-7:30 Live Music by 'E-Man' June 16th 4:30-7:30 Live Music by 'Sugar Still' June 18th 2:30-5:30 Live Music by 'Chris Behre' June 23rd 4:30-7:30 Live Music by 'Joe...
  • Fri, Jul 21 to Sat, Jul 22, 2017
    Taste of Grand Rapids-West Michigan
    St. Julian will be joining Meijer, Bell's Brewery & Gun Lake Casino to host the annual Taste of Grand Rapids! Local food vendors & non-stop live musical entertainment are just some of the reasons to head down to John Ball Park June 21 - 22. Friday July 21 at 3:00PM to Saturday July 22, 2017 at 10...
  • Sat, Jul 22, 2017
    Art, Wine and Music Festival at Domaine Berrien Cellars-SW Michigan
    Free Admission The festival will take place outdoors (rain or shine) surrounded by the beautiful vineyards of this boutique family winery. 25 local & regional artists will be displaying and selling their handcrafted work under their individual tents in the art fair area of the lawn. A unique...
  • Sat, Jul 22 to Sat, Aug 12, 2017
    Bowers Harbor Vineyards & Boathouse Restaurant: Dining in the Vines - Lobster Bo
    Bowers Harbor Vineyards is hosting another much-anticipated Family Style Lobster Boil in our award-winning Langley vineyard. We are lining the picnic tables with newspaper, heating up the biggest pots we can find and popping corks! Prepare yourself for a whole Maine Lobster and other delicious foods...
  • Sat, Jul 22 to Sat, Aug 26, 2017
    Live Music on the Patio at St. Julian Winery-SE Michigan
    Music on the Patio at St Julian Winery. Come out each Saturday this summer for the 2:00 music series. Dates and artists are listed below June 24-Mike McLain July 1-Bob Hausler July 8-Keith Scott July 15-Marty Miles July 22-Rum Boogie July 29-Rum Boogie August 5-Keith Scott August 12-Marty Miles...
  • Sun, Jul 23 to Sun, Jul 30, 2017
    Black Star Farms-Yoga in the Vines-NW Michigan
    Enjoy an hour of gentle yoga, brought to you by Yen Yoga & Fitness, on the bay view crest of our vineyard on our Suttons Bay estate paired with a special six-flight wine tasting (souvenir glass included). With your Yoga in the Vines purchase you will also receive 10% off your wine purchases for the...
  • Wed, Jul 26, 2017
    28th Annual Viticulture Field Day and Steak Cookout-SW Michigan
    This years field day offers topics on insect and disease control, trellis construction, vine management strategies, variety information, vineyard herbicide performance and a look into the future of vineyard management with drone technology. Yes, the tradeshow features equipment and services. We...
  • Wed, Jul 26 to Wed, Aug 30, 2017
    Wednesday Pizza, Wine and Music at Aurora Cellars-NW Michigan
    Join Aurora Cellars on Wednesday's this summer for wine, pizza and music. You don't want to cook in the summer heat, then take a ride over and the North End Eatery do the cooking for you. Add a glass of wine and some really great music and you have a great evening! These events will take place...
  • Thu, Jul 27, 2017
    Gold Medal Reception
    You have never tried Michigan wines? The Gold Medal Reception is the place to be on July 27, 2017. The award winning wines from the 2017 Michigan Wine Competition will be available for you to taste. You can't go wrong. They are the award winning wines! This is a public event that the winemakers...
  • Thu, Jul 27 to Thu, Aug 31, 2017
    Jazz at Sunset, Chateau Chantal Vineyard & Inn-NW Michigan
    Join The Jeff Haas Trio & special guests for a wonderful evening of music, wine & stunning sunsets. Free of charge, no reservations required. Special Guests Every Thursday! Continuing this year-Chateau Chantal is proud to announce that Lisa Flahive has been selected as the Artist in Residence for...
  • Fri, Jul 28 to Fri, Sep 22, 2017
    Lavender Chill Yoga/Live Music/Wine Tasting with Bowers Harbor Wines-NW Michigan
    Join Bowers Harbor Vineyards for a special evening of yoga, live music, and six of our amazing wines! Following a mellow, candlelit yoga session at Yen Yoga and Fitness in downtown Traverse City, BHV will be on site pouring six of our favorite wines for you to taste. The yoga is appropriate for all...
  • Sun, Jul 30 to Sat, Aug 26, 2017
    St. Julian Paw Paw Patio Party-SW Michigan
    Feed the World Caf will be providing three small plates, each paired with a select St. Julian wine and live entertainment. RSVP for the patio party here $25 per person $20 Wine Club members
  • Wed, Aug 2 to Wed, Aug 30, 2017
    Pizza at Lawton Ridge Winery-SW Michigan
    Camzie s Pizza will be making pizzas to order in their wood-fired oven at Lawton Ridge Winery. You can eat in at the winery or get it to go. Three sizes: 6", 9" or 11", each with your choice of fresh toppings. Get a glass or bottle of your favorite Lawton Ridge wine and you have a yummy meal. Call...
  • Thu, Aug 3, 2017
    Think Pink & Drink-A Fundraising Event at Bowers Harbor Vineyards-NW Michigan
    Join Bowers Harbor for a funding raising event on August 3, 2017. The event is raising money to help a local teacher with medical expenses as she battles cancer. Just two years ago, celebrated OMPS elementary teacher and beloved mother of three, Erin Banton was diagnosed with Stage I Breast...
  • Sat, Aug 5 to Sat, Oct 14, 2017
    Lunch with the Winemaker at Domaine Berrien Cellars-SW Michigan
    5 Saturdays - June 10, July 15, August 5, September 9, and October 14, 2017 11:45 AM " 2:30 PM Location: Domaine Berrien Cellars ' 398 E. Lemon Creek Rd. Berrien Springs, MI 49103 269-473-9463 $30.00 a person with advance registration required Lunch with the Winemaker is an insider s...
  • Sat, Aug 5, 2017
    Tawas Uncorked
    Annual fundraiser for a new East Tawas Library brings Michigan wine, ales, food and mellow music to Harbor Park, corner of Newman Street and US-23 in East Tawas. The event features Michigan vintners, area restaurants, and Michigan breweries. 8th Annual Wine, Food & Ale Festival - Saturday, August 5,...
  • Sun, Aug 6, 2017
    Farm to Table Dinner Series at the Boathouse Restaurant with Bowers Harbor Wines
    Eat and Drink Local! 6:00pm, $85 per person plus tax & gratuity Call Boathouse Restaurant for reservations: 231-223-4030 Join us for a fun filled evening of locally grown fare and wine. Tour the Boathouse Restaurants own Malem Farms. Malem farms has been featured locally in Edible Grand Traverse,...

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09:18am on 07/19/2017 @MichiganWines RT @MichDeptofAg: Cheers to@MichiganWines #MiWineCompetition! Award winners coming soon! @MichiganWines #michiganwine https://t.co/Rc9wOWI…
11:43pm on 07/19/2017 @michiganwines On July 18, 29 esteemed judges from around the country came to East Lansing to judge 380 Michigan wines. The results are in! A full list of medal winners including the Best of Class categories are available at michiganwines.com