A fundraiser for the Student Emergency Fund of the
North Central Michigan College Foundation

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
North Central Michigan College
Iron Horse Café
$25/person in advance. Call 231-439-6218.
$30/at door

North Central Michigan College, in collaboration with the Straits Area Grape Growers Association, will celebrate northern Michigan wines at the 3rd annual Winning Wines of Northern Michigan Wine Tasting and Competition on Wednesday, May 14 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Iron Horse Café (formerly the cafeteria) on the Petoskey campus.  The event will raise awareness of our area wines, wineries and viticulture programs and much-needed funds for North Central’s Student Emergency Fund.  This fund assists students with unexpected financial hardships and emergencies. Each year, students at North Central have the support of our foundation to help with car repairs, medical emergencies, unpaid heating bills, gas for their vehicle and many similar and unexpected financial hardships that can prevent students from completing their courses. 

The event will have two components:

There will be a wine competition from noon until 4 p.m. Local vintners, amateur and professional, are invited to submit their best wines to be reviewed by qualified members of the local viticulture community.  Wines will be judged based on quality within their category.  Best of show, double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded. Judges include sommeliers, wine industry specialists, wine writers, and restaurateurs. Last year, the publisher of MidWest Wine Press selected a Frontenac Gris made by a former North Central viticulture student as one of the most outstanding wines.  These awards highlight the quality of our area wines and the viticulture program offered at North Central. 

Entry fees for wineries will be $25/category entered.  Two 750 ml bottles must be submitted for each category (one bottle for judging and one for display). Entry fees for hobby winemakers will be $10/category entered.  Two 750 ml bottles must be submitted for each category (one bottle for judging and one for display).

Click here for entry form and rules. Entry forms must be submitted before Friday, May 9, 2014, to Corporate and Community Education – Viticulture Program, North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard Street, Room 536, Petoskey, MI, 49770.  Medals will be awarded during the tasting based on the points earned by each wine.

From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., the public is invited to the Winning Wines of Northern Michigan Wine Tasting.  Area wineries will host tasting tables, while restaurants including Julienne Tomatoes and Twisted Olive Quattro provide food pairings.  The judges will award prizes to the winning vintners.  Once again, the Crooked Tree Jazz Ensemble will perform.  Door prizes, a silent auction of unique gifts and a wine cash bar complete the evening.  Cost is $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets are available to purchase in advance by calling Sharmon Dulaney at 231-439-6218.

Proceeds from the event will go to the NCMC Foundation Student Emergency Fund and the Straits Area Grape Growers Association, a nonprofit organization that supports area farmers.  The grape and wine industry in Northern Michigan has grown by 60% in the last 10 years.  In the five years that North Central has offered viticulture programs, the number of wineries in our area has quadrupled.  Many of the new wineries are run by former North Central students.  The wine business offers great opportunities for our students and our region.  This event promotes SAGGA and North Central’s efforts in economic and educational growth, and supports individual students in their efforts to succeed.