01 St. Julian Named Riesling Champion at 2014 International ‘East Meets West’ Wine Competition – David Braganini
David Braganini is third generation President of St. Julian Winery, Michigan’s largest, oldest and the Midwest’s most awarded winery. The 2012 Reserve Riesling was named “Riesling Champion” at the first International “East Meets West” Wine Challenge. Along with this award, the Riesling also took home the “Best of Show” white wine and “Best of Class” – the latter requiring unanimous agreement among judges. According to Head Winemaker Nancie Corum-Oxley, St. Julian’s 2012 Reserve Riesling is “absolutely pure in flavor, harmonious and well-proportioned in its architecture, this Riesling seems crisp and light, yet packs intense flavors of super-ripe peach, mango, lemon zest and mineral. Its vivid acidity jammed with fruit leaves a wonderful sensation on the palate creating a luscious, food-friendly style. Literally, like liquid fruit.”
02 For Over 93 Years, Michigan-Based St. Julian Wine Co. Has Been Producing Award-Winning Wines – David Braganini
With farming roots coming from Germany, the Nitz family started growing juice grapes in Southwest Michigan in the 1940s as a grower for Welch’s and home winemakers. In 1971, the farm started planting wine grape varietals. Dan Nitz, the fourth generation grower in the family, currently manages over 250 acres of juice grapes and 260 acres of wine grapes, while employing more than 20 year-round staff. Since 1982, the West Coast Wine Competition has annually recognized wines produced and bottled in the West. The International Eastern Wine Competition, started in 1975, is one of the oldest and longest-running wine competitions in the nation. This year, the competitions merged into one large event. Wines were simultaneously judged in two established regional divisions: International Eastern Wine Competition and the West Coast Wine Competition. Traditional awards were given in each division. “Best of Show” winners moved on to compete in the “East Meets West Taste Off” to see which wine was best overall. This afforded each entrant two chances to win medals: one in its own division and one in the Taste Off. A Riesling Championship was also held for Eastern wines.
03 Napa Valley’s Castello di Amorosa Entertains Winery Club Members in Creative, Unique Ways – Jim Sullivan
Jim Sullivan, Vice President, Public Relations & Marketing, Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, informs us about the upcoming Midsummer Medieval Festival June 21, featuring a jousting tournament, archery and sword fighting lessons, medieval garb, and an incredible hand-eaten royal feast in the winery’s courtyard (#MSMF14). The winery hosts the opening event for annual Napa Valley Festival Del Sole, July 11 with violinist Joshua Bell and again on July 16 with Zuckerman Chamber Players.
04 Celebrate Southern Hospitality at the 4th Annual Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine and Spirits Festival, Myrtle Beach SC – Stephen Greene
Stephen Greene, President and CEO, The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on the 4th annual Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine and Spirits Festival, June 2 – 8, 2014 featuring a restaurant week; Theme Dinners; Myrtle Beach Tasting Trolley tour; Brews ‘N The Blvd. craft beer event; specialty wines and Oceanfront Grand Tasting Tent.