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Leelanau County wines won big at the 41st annual Michigan Wine Competition, taking three out of nine “best of class” awards.
But that’s nothing new. The Peninsula has historically  nished on top in the competition, and been recognized as the premier wine-growing region in Michigan and, perhaps, the Midwest.
“We took three best-of-class and tons of other awards,” said Lorri Hathaway of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. “It’s exciting to see how well our wines and doing across the world as well.”
Riesling grapes have a liking to the 45th Parallel location and lake-effect weather of Leelanau, and that relationship showed in wine competition results. Best of class winners included Aurora Cellers for its medium sweet Riesling and Verterra Winner for its
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Riesling dry. Both are 2017 vintages. Verterra Winery of Leland also L.Mawby, known for its spar- earned double-gold for its 2017 kling varieties, again capturing a Riesling Dry for a second straight
Bronze: 45 Bubbly, 45 White, Riesling.
• Amoritas Vineyards
Gold: Mary’s Folly White Field Blend.
Bronze: Chardonnay, Dry Riesling and Hail Mary Riesling
•Aurora Cellars
Gold: Late Harvest Vignoles, 2017
Silver: Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Brut, Brut Rose; Cabernet Franc, Luminous, Medium Sweet Gewurztraminer and Radiance.
• Bel Lago Winery
Gold: Auxerrois, Brut Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Leelanau Primavera, Pinot Grigio.
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best of class award for its Sandpainting wine.
Of the 384 awards given, Leelanau County wines medaled more than 100 times and took three of the nine double-gold and best of class titles.
While results weren’t known before the Leelanu Color Tour went to press, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail was nominated in the latest 10 Best Readers’ Choice trav- el award contest promoted by USA Today. The Trail was one of 20 regions selected by an expert panel to contend for Best Wine Region contest
Voting closed Aug. 31.
In the state competition, Aurora also came home with a double-gold for its Blaufrankisch, 2016.
year and a double-gold for its Pinot Blanc.
Black Star Farms had three dou- ble-gold honors for its Arcturos Gewurztraminer and Arcturos Pinot Noir Blanc — both 2017 vintages —and its Wine Club Selection Isidor’s Choice, 2016.
Good Harbor Vineyards wrapped up county double-gold winners for its Late Harvest Riesling, 2016.
Gold, silver and bronze winners from Leelanau County, as arranged by wineries, included:
• 45 North
Gold: Winemaker’s Reserve Riesling, 2016.
Silver: Marsanne, 2017, Sauvignon, 2017 and Select Harvest Riesling.
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