2014 Michigan Wine Awards: Three Fires Wine Named “Best” in Two Categories
Would you like to drink a wine Michigan wine with the quality equivalent of an $85 bottle of White Burgundy….at a fraction of the price?
Would you like to drink wine acclaimed by not one, but three of the foremost wine experts in the world?
You can because all of our Three Fires Wines received some level of praise or an award from an esteemed panel of Master Sommeliers.
Master Sommelier-Acclaimed Wine
Three Fires Wine received not one, but two prestigious awards from a panel of three Master Sommeliers at a 2014 Michigan Grape Society blind tasting. Michigan Master Sommelier, Ron Edwards, served as the host of the 7th Annual Lake Michigan Shore AVA Wine Evaluation Workshop where the wines earned their awards.
Our winemaker, tasting room staff and owners traveled to Benton Harbor, Michigan to taste wine and take hear critiques by Edwards and two esteemed Master Sommeliers: Brett Davis, Master Sommelier from Tennessee and Sally Mohr, Master Sommelier from Bolder Colorado.
Only 135 individuals in the United States have earned the title “Master Sommelier.” These individuals study under other Master Sommeliers for years and must pass three difficult levels of examination. Only those deemed qualified are “invited” to take the Master-level examination. Of those who complete the Masters Sommelier examination, only 12 to 14 percent of applicants pass. Considered the ultimate wine experts in the world, receiving Master Sommelier acclaim is a prestigious honor.
Wine Evaluation Workshop
Michigan wineries that entered the 2014 Wine Evaluation Workshop had the honor of not one, but three Master Sommeliers evaluate their wine.
Michigan wines were organized into categories, such as Chardonnay, Lemberger, Merlot, and Bordeaux blends. For each category, Edwards selected one or more benchmark wines from around the world that he deemed to be exemplary examples of that category.
Event organizers wrapped each Michigan entrant wine and the benchmark wines in brown paper to ensure true blind tasting. We tasted through each flight along with the Master Sommeliers. We all made tasting notes on level of sweetness, acidity, finish, tannin level, flaws, varietal accuracy and balance.
At the end of the flight, the Master Sommelier trio provided feedback as well as a numerical score for each wine. The highest scoring wine was given a “Best in Category” award; most often the “benchmark wines” were the winners.
Three Fires Wine Award Winners
We submitted seven Three Fires’ wines and one Skipping Stone Cellars’ wine (Shipwreck White) for evaluation at this year’s workshop. As the “new kids on the block,” no one expected much from us. You will be pleased to know that all of our wine received positive reviews and high marks from the Master Sommeliers. Two, however, outranked all the Michigan wines as well as the Master Sommelier-selected benchmark wines earning Three Fires Wines two, “Best in Category” awards!
Our Three Fires’ 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay received higher marks than all Michigan Chardonnay wines submitted, a French White Burgundy benchmark wine and two California benchmark wines. Our Three Fires Wine’s 2012 Cabernet Franc also outranked all Michigan wines and a French benchmark wine from the Loire valley.
Where to Find Our Wines
Both wines are available for a limited time at Big Rock Chop House in Birmingham, Michigan, a 2014 American Culinary Federation Award of Excellence winner.
Alas, our 2012 Cabernet Franc is sold out, but you still can taste and purchase our lovely 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay at our tasting room in Suttons Bay, Michigan and at these fine retailers for a limited time:
About Three Fires Wine
We opened its doors in Suttons Bay, Michigan in October 2013 debuting seven dry wines, three white and four red. Three Fires Wines offers dry, vinifera wine made from 100% Michigan grapes and continues to earn industry awards including the 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition. Visit the Three Fires Wine tasting room on M22 on the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula, just 15 minutes from Traverse City, Michigan. Find a selection of Three Fires wine at fine retailers, restaurants and breweries across Michigan.