St. Julian Presented with Centennial Award
(PAW PAW, MI) - St. Julian Winery is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year making them the longest-running winery in the state of Michigan. To celebrate the landmark accomplishment, the winery created the Centennial Series: six 2019 Cabernet Sauvignons, all of which hail from Mountain Road Estate Vineyard. The first five in the series are aged 14 months in French oak barrels from different cooperages, yielding delightfully different results, and the 6th wine is a harmonious blend of the first five.
These limited-edition wines were released exclusively at their Centennial Series Release Party held in the St. Julian barrel room.Guests were able to taste each of the wines with a perfectly paired appetizer as well as enjoy other limited and rare wines while mingling with the Braganini Family, the winemakers, and Wine Club members. Senator Aric Nesbitt, Congressman Fred Upton, and Representative Beth Griffin were in attendance and presented President John Braganini with an exclusive Centennial award honoring the milestone. "It’s an honor to be here," said Nesbitt. "Not many businesses make it 5 years, let alone 10 years, let alone 100 years, and so the state of Michigan would like to pay you a tribute for the last 100 years here at St. Julian."
Prior to the party, winemakers Nancie Oxley & Kyle Totzke, held a special educational seminar to teach how barrels are like a winemaker’s “spice rack” as well as how to taste the differences between barrel styles.
St. Julian is also looking ahead to the next 100 years of wine, cider, and spirit making in Michigan. Cheers to 100 years!