2017-07-13 / Life in Leelanau

County vintners set to defend medals

Some of the finest Leelanau County wines will be put to the test Tuesday as the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing hosts the 40th annual Michigan Wine Competition.

More than 350 wines from across the state will compete before a panel of “highly qualified judges” for coveted Best of Class titles and other honors.

County wineries won three of eight Best of Class trophies in 2016: Verterra Winery’s 2015 Rosé of Cabernet Franc won the “Rosé” title, Black Star Farms’ Sirius Raspberry won the “Dessert” title and L. Mawby’s Grace was tops in the “Sparkling” category.

The Gold Medal Reception, which is co-sponsored by the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council, will follow at the hotel on July 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Shop opens after water damage repairs

Winter water damage wasn’t enough to keep a longtime keeper of the arts in Northport from opening her art gallery for the 37th year.

Edee Joppich, who owns Joppich’s Bay Street Gallery, will celebrate those 37 years Wednesday with an “Arty Party” at the gallery from 6-9 p.m.

A pipe burst and flooded the interior of the building last winter, leading to significant water damage. Repairs have since been made, Joppich said.

The gallery, which will feature Joppich’s work this summer, has displayed a new collection of works by painters, sculptors and potters each year since it opened in 1980.

Summer hours this year are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are asked to call ahead, however, as Joppich teaches workshops at the nearby Northport Community Art Center.

She can be reached at 386-7428.

Real estate agent receives award

Shelly Brunette of Real Estate One in Traverse City was recently tabbed as one of America’s most productive sales associates as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents.

“It represents the time and effort that I put into each customer that I serve and how much work it takes to build a successful real estate career,” said Brunette, who has been selling real estate in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties for more than 25 years. “The level of sales it takes to qualify makes it a truly special recognition.”

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