Award Winning Wines Announced


At the Second Annual Winning Wines of Northern Michigan hosted by North Central Michigan College, 50 entrants, including professional and hobby vintners, competed for awards.  The judges included:

  • Bob Waugh, past president of SAGGA and vineyard owner
  • Mark Ganchiff, publisher of Midwest Wine Press in Chicago, Illinois
  • Vern Hiar, Head Chef and General Manager of three Mackinaw City restaurants - Neath the Birches, the Lighthouse, and Blue Water Bar & Grill
  • Phil Parr, Director of Restaurants at the Inn at Bay
  • Robin Krause, Wine Specialist at Glen’s North
  • Chris Bryant, Director of Food & Beverage at Boyne Highlands
  • Deanna Alfredo & Erik Bauss, Owners of Tee-to-Table

In the American Varietal Cold-Hardy Red wines, Mackinaw Trail Winery took Double Gold with Big Red, Seasons of the North received a Gold and Silver for their Cabin and Northbound respectively, and Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery claimed a Bronze for their Marquette wine.

In the American Varietal Cold-Hardy White wines, Crooked Vine Vineyards was awarded a Double Gold for their Frontenac Gris; Seasons of the North received a Gold for Burt Lake Breeze and a Bronze for River’s Edge; and, Pleasantview Winery claimed a Silver for Moonstruck.

In the European Varietal Red wines, Mackinaw Trail Winery received a Double Gold for their Cabernet Franc 2011, a Gold for their Cabernet Merlot 2011, and a Silver for their Syrah 2010.

In the European Varietal White wines, Mackinaw Trails took a Double Gold for their Late Harvest Riesling 2012; Harbor Springs Vineyards and Winery received a Gold for both their 2012 Pino Gris and Chardonnay 2012 (tie), as well as a Silver for their Semi-Sweet Riesling; and,the Cellars of Royal Farms received a Bronze for Breezeway.

In the Fruit category, David Short, a hobby vintner took a Gold for his Raspberry wine, while Mackinaw Trails received a Double Gold for their Razzberry, a Silver for Blackberry, and a Bronze for Blueberry.

In the Dessert wine category, Christine Engle, a hobby vintner, receiver a Gold for her Maple wine, while Harbor Springs Vineyards & Wineries took a Double Gold for Cherry Finale.

The college congratulates all the winners and all wine makers for show casing Northern Michigan’s fine wines.

Following the awards presentations, guests were able to sample wines offered by Pleasantview Winery, Harbor Springs Vineyards and Winery, Mackinaw Trails Winery, and Seasons of the North.