St. Julian Late Harvest Riesling Reserve grabs top honors

(courtesy St. Julian)

Rieslings from four different regions of the world took top honors at the Riverside International Wine Competition held in May at the South Coast Resort  & Spa in Temecula, Calif.

The International Riesling Foundation sponsored four awards at the competition for best dry, medium dry, medium sweet, and sweet Riesling. The winners were announced Tuesday

The Riesling winners are:

Best Dry: Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2011, Columbia Valley

Best Medium Dry: Keuka Spring Vineyards, Finger Lakes, New York 2011

Best Medium Sweet: Jacob Demmer Riesling Auslese Rheinhessen, Germany 2010

Best Sweet: St. Julian Lake Michigan Shore Reserve, Michigan 2011

Gold medals for Rieslings went mostly to Michigan and New York. Here are the Michigan winners:

2 Lads Old Mission Peninsula Riesling 2011

Black Star Farms Arcturos Riesling Old Mission Peninsula 2011

Bowers Harbor Old Mission Peninsula Riesling 2011

Chateau Fontaine Leelanau Peninsula Riesling 2011

St. Julian Lake Michigan Shore Riesling 2010

These results give a clear shout-out to the quality of Rieslings produced in Michigan. Folks, they compete with Rieslings from around the world. St. Julian’s winning sweet Riesling is not cloying sweet: It’s balanced and pretty, true to form — the best I have tasted from St. Julian. You can find it at stores in Metro Detroit, including Hiller’s.