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St. Julian Dominates in the 2023 Michigan Governor's Cup Competition

Michigan’s most-awarded winery continues to strengthen its reputation following the release of the 2023 Michigan Governor’s Cup results.

The Governor’s Cup is a unique wine competition. In a partnership with the Beverage Tasting Institute (BTI), the statewide competition utilizes a series of professional blind tastings to rank Michigan produced wines.

There were ten total “Best of Category” awards. St. Julian claimed half of them winning the following categories: vinifera red, hybrid red, fortified, rosé and specialty wine. Many of these wines were originally St. Julian Wine Club wines, which are exclusive just for members. Wine Club Members receive exclusive access to these award-winning wines, some of which are never released to the general public due to limited availability. Join the St. Julian Wine Club today!

The “Best of” winners include 2020 Braganini Reserve Cabernet Franc, 2020 Braganini Reserve Petite Pearl, Solera Cream Sherry, BFF Dry Rosé and Sweet Nancie Sparkling Peach. Notably, the 2020 Braganini Reserve Cabernet Franc also won one of the only two Platinum designations awarded throughout the entire competition.

In total, St. Julian racked up almost 40 medals, including one platinum and 16 gold.

“The entire St. Julian team is celebrating the result of this competition. As a blind taste basis, it is encouraging to see confirmation that we continue to pilot the industry in creating incredible Michigan wine,” explains Apollo Braganini, President of St. Julian Winery & Distillery. 

St. Julian has six tasting rooms throughout Michigan where you can find award winning collections including the Braganini Reserves. For a full list of locations or to purchase online, visit St. Julian is Michigan’s most-awarded, largest and longest operating winery.

For more information and to view a full list of winners, please visit the article on Michigan Wine Collaborative’s website:

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