Congratulations to Leelanau Peninsula Winery LMawby Vineyards and Old Mission Peninsula Winery Peninsula Cellars on winning the Jefferson Cup! "winners represent some of the most compelling wines made in America" From an article which recently appeared in The Detroit News: Thursday, December 4, 2008 Sandra Silfven Michigan wineries win two Jefferson Cups
The ninth annual Jefferson Cup Invitational, held last week in Kansas City, brings to a close the year's big wine competitions, and Michigan drove away with two Jefferson Cups, a high honor that's like a great big Christmas present for all the wineries in the state. L. Mawby Vineyard's Mille 2002 and Peninsula Cellars' Riesling Select 2006 bested their categories at this unique competition. Larry Mawby makes Mille, his only vintage-dated bubbly, about twice a decade, and Peninsula Cellars has a solid track record for Riesling. The event celebrates American winemaking in the spirit of one of the country's most passionate wine lovers, Thomas Jefferson, by inviting wineries across the U.S. to enter select wines, which already have been cited for excellence, to compete in what amounts to the championship game. In the spirit of democracy, it's not just another dance where 90 percent of the winners are from the West Coast -- though many are. And that's to the credit of Doug Frost, who chairs the event and ranks as one of three people in the world to hold Master Sommelier and Master of Wine credentials, and knows not only the wines from the most famous regions of the world, but also the wines of America's West, Midwest, East Coast and the South. "The 700 wines in this invitational are chosen by me, based upon my own tasting notes, other reviews and probably most importantly, an effort to create a fair list of wines from around the country," Frost said this week. The Jefferson Cup is the highest award at the event, and this year, 17 were handed out for both European grape varietals (Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.) and non-European species (such as Vidal and Norton), which flourish in the more extreme climates in the U.S. "The 17 cup winners represent some of the most compelling wines made in America," Frost said. Of course, California showed well, and Napa Valley's Cosentino Winery, which swept up medals at events all year long, had five Cup nominations and went on to win a record three cups. California wines nabbed eight of the 17 cups, followed by Michigan and New York with two each, and the rest went to wines in Washington, Kansas, Georgia, Virginia and Rhode Island. Of the 700 entries, a total of 51 wines were nominated for the Jefferson Cup. This in itself is a huge honor, and Michigan's St. Julian racked up three nominations -- for Braganini Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Braganini Reserve Traminette 2007, and Solera Cream Sherry. In descending order, the awards were Jefferson Cup, Jefferson Cup Nominee, Great Wine and Certificate of Merit. But clearly, every wine invited to this event was a winner. Here are the Jefferson Cup winners. 2008 JEFFERSON CUP WINNERS Sparkling Wine L Mawby Mille 2002 Leelanau Peninsula (Michigan) White Vinifera Wine Peninsula Cellars Riesling Select 2006 Old Mission Peninsula (Michigan) For a complete listing of all the 2008 Jefferson Cup Winners and Jefferson Cup Nominees please visit the Detroit News article here.