Left Foot Charley Winery in Traverse City, Michigan has been awarded another nationally acclaimed Jefferson Cup Award for its 2016 Eden Hill Vineyard Blaufränkisch. The two day long 18th Annual Jefferson Cup Invitational was held November 16th and 17th in Kansas City, MO.
The Jefferson Cup is an invitational competition for select wineries throughout America that exemplify viticulture and winemaking. The Jefferson Cup Invitational was founded in 1999 in honor of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson fathered our constitution, helped champion the international concept of human rights and was a seminal figure in America’s cultural, culinary (including wine) and agricultural history.
This year, from seven hundred and fifty participating wines representing 27 states, 62 wines were chosen as Jefferson Cup nominees. From those 62, 21 judges collectively chose 16 wines to be awarded the Jefferson Cup. “While many competitions insist upon selecting a pre-ordained number or sweepstakes winners, our judges are allowed to find the top wines, whether there are only one, two or three, or even NO winners in some categories, as happened this year,” says Jefferson Cup Invitational founder Doug Frost
“We began investing in our red wine program in 2007 by seeking out the truly great vineyard sites in our region,” says Left Foot Charley winemaker Bryan Ulbrich. “Blaufrankisch is one of the old European grape varieties that is just beginning to gain national interest from restaurateurs and wine lovers. It thrives in Northern Michigan. We are excited to see this wine recognized with such an honor.”
Eden Hill Vineyard was planted in 2014 and overlooks Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Crystal Lake Valley in Benzie county. The high plateau is comprised of sandy loam soil and is home to 2 acres of Chardonnay and 2 acres of Blaufränkisch. There are currently less than 100 cases of 2016 Eden Hill Vineyard Blaufränkisch available. You can find it at select stores throughout Michigan, New York, Chicago, and in the Left Foot Charley Tasting Room.