Leelanau Peninsula Wines Win Big at Pacific Rim

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Thirty-seven wines from eight wineries along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail earn top medals at renowned competition.

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Since 1985, the Pacific Rim Wine Competition has been setting the standards of judging fine wine. A two-day event, Pacific Rim brings 30 wine professionals together to conduct blind evaluations on 2,000 wines from around the world. This year’s event was held on April 23 and 24 in San Bernadino, California. Eight wineries along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail took home 37 medals in total, including 17 gold medals:

45 North Vineyard and Winery
Gold/Best of Class, 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay
Gold/Best of Class, Other White Blend: 2013 45 White
Gold, 2011 Off Dry Riesling

Bel Lago
Gold, Estate Bottled 2012 Off-Dry Riesling

Blustone Vineyards
Gold/Best of Class, 2013 Pinot Blanc
Gold, 2012 Chardonnay
Gold, 2013 Pinot Noir Rose

Boathouse Vineyards
Gold/Best of Class, 2012 Pinot Noir
Gold, Pinot Noir Rose: 2013 License to Chill
Gold, 2012 Pinot Grigio

Chateau Fontaine
Gold, Other White: 2013 Gruner Veltliner

Leelanau Cellars
Gold/Best of Class, 2012 Baco Noir
Gold, Vignoles 2012

Verterra Winery
Gold/Best of Class, 2013 Pinot Noir Rose
Gold, 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay
Gold, 2013 Gewurztraminer
Gold, 2012 Dry Riesling

"We are thrilled to bring home two Best of Class gold medals and more," shares Winemaker Jay Briggs of Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery of Lake Leelanau, "not only for our winery, but for all of the medals achieved by our peninsula's winemakers.”

Below is a comprehensive list the award-winning wines for Leelanau vintners:

45 North Vineyard & Winery
Bronze: Cabernet Franc 2012
Gold/Best of Class: Chardonnay Unoaked 2013
Bronze: Pinot Grigio 2013
Gold: Riesling, Off Dry 2011
Gold/Best of Class, Other White: 45 White Blend 2013

Bel Lago
Bronze: Pinot Grigio Estate Bottled 2012
Bronze: Riesling, Dry Estate Bottled 2012
Gold: Riesling, Off Dry Estate Bottled 2012

Blustone Vineyards
Bronze: Pinot Noir 2012
Bronze, Other Red Blend: Winemaker's Red 2012
Gold: Pinot Noir Rose 2013
Gold: Chardonnay 2012
Silver: Gewurztraminer 2013
Gold/Best of Class: Pinot Blanc 2013
Silver: Pinot Grigio 2013

Boathouse Vineyards
Silver: Cabernet Franc 2011
Silver, Cabernet – Merlot: Boathouse Red 2012
Gold/Best of Class: Pinot Noir 2012
Gold, Pinot Noir Rose: License to Chill 2013
Gold: Pinot Grigio 2013

Chateau Fontaine
Bronze: Pinot Blanc 2012
Silver: Dry Riesling 2012
Gold, Other White: Gruner Veltliner 2013
Bronze, Other White: Woodland White 2012

Ciccone Vineyard & Winery
Bronze: Cabernet Franc 2012
Bronze: Gewurztraminer 2012

Leelanau Cellars
Gold/Best of Class: Baco Noir 2012
Bronze: Cabernet Franc 2012
Silver, Other Rose: Baco Noir 2013
Gold: Vignoles 2012

Verterra Winery
Silver, Meritage: Vintners 2011
Bronze, Merlot blends: Reserve 2012
Gold/Best of Class: Pinot Noir Rose 2013
Gold: Unoaked Chardonnay 2013
Gold: Gewurztraminer 2013
Silver: Pinot Blanc 2013
Gold: Dry Riesling 2012

The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA) is a member-driven, winery association founded in 1998. The mission of the LPVA is to help spread the word about all the good things happening along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. The region’s cool-climate wines pair well with food and have been winning an increasing number of national and international awards each and every year. The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail offers world-class wine touring experiences that are garnering national attention.

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