Northern Michigan's Chateau Grand Traverse took its 2009 Lot 49 Riesling to the West Coast and came back with gold. The Northern Michigan Riesling won "Best of Class" at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. “This recognition shows that Riesling is truly at home on Old Mission Peninsula,” says Sean O’Keefe, Chateau Grand Traverse Specialty Winemaker. “In one of the most difficult of vintages, we were able to craft a great Riesling wine without resorting to any sort of wine making trickery. This wine truly represents Northern Michigan and it is always nice to receive attention from West Coast critics.” O’Keefe added.
The gold was only one of six medals the Traverse City-area winery garnered at the prestigious competition. Here's how all that glittered lined up for the Northern Michigan vintages:
• Best of Class Gold, 2009 “Lot 49” Riesling
• Silver Medal, 2009 Dry Riesling
• Silver Medal, 2009 Gruner Veltliner “Laika”
• Silver Medal, 2009 Late Harvest Riesling
• Bronze Medal, 2009 Whole Cluster Riesling
• Bronze Medal, 2009 Ship of Fools
In 2010, the Traverse City-area Chateau Grand Traverse received over 80 medals for its various wines in noted world competitions. Most noteworthy were the Best of Category Award at the prestigious London International Wine & Spirits Competition and Best of Class Gold at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. With an excellent 2010 vintage in the tanks yet to be bottled, the Northern Michigan winery is looking forward to another great season as it celebrates its 37th year.