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St. Julian Awarded 14 Medals from the San Francisco Wine Competition

Including a Best of Class & Double Gold

(PAW PAW, Mich) – St. Julian Winery was recently presented with 14 individual medals – including a “Best of Class” for its 2020 Traminette and a “Double Gold” for its 2020 Sauvignon Blanc – at the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Now in its 22nd year, the San Francisco competition judged more than 5,800 wines from nearly 1,000 wineries in United States, Mexico and Canada. It is regarded as the largest competition of North American wines.

“We are thrilled to receive a medal for all 14 wines entered in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. It’s a tribute to our entire winemaking team, cellar staff and grower partners,” says Nancie Oxley, St. Julian Vice President Winemaker. “The Best of Class and Gold medals reflect our commitment to produce distinctive wines across our portfolio while we continue to enhance the reputation of Michigan wines, especially those from the Lake Michigan Shore appellation.”

St. Julian’s complete list of awards from this competition include:


  • 2020 Braganini Reserve Traminette


  • 2020 Braganini Reserve Mountain Road Estate Sauvignon Blanc


  • 2020 Braganini Reserve Mountain Road White Blend
  • 2020 Braganini Reserve Mountain Road Estate Riesling
  • Sweet Nancie Sparkling Traminette


  • 2020 Braganini Reserve Albariño
  • 2020 Braganini Reserve Grüner Veltliner
  • 2020 Braganini Reserve Lake Harvest Vignoles
  • 2019 Winemaker’s Series Double Barrel Petite Pearl


  • 2020 Winemaker’s Series Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
  • 2020 Winemaker’s Series Gewürztraminer
  • 2020 Braganini Reserve Mountain Road Rosé
  • 2020 Braganini Reserve Mountain Road Estate Pinot Noir
  • 2020 Winemaker’s Series Ramato

St. Julian, Michigan’s oldest and longest-operating winery, has been family-owned since its founding in 1921. In addition to the winery in downtown Paw Paw where they produce award-winning wines, sparkling juices, spirits and hard cider, St. Julian operates tasting rooms in Dundee, Frankenmuth, Rockford, Troy and Union Pier.

History of The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Founded in 1983 as the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition, the event has evolved over the years, broadening its base to a greater number of wine regions. In 2000, the Cloverdale Citrus Fair entered into a title naming sponsorship agreement with the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. The wine competition was renamed the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with the award tasting of the medal winning wines to take place in San Francisco. It began to grow and prosper; in 2006 over 900 United States wineries entered a record breaking 3,318 wine entries for the competition from wine regions throughout America. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition became the largest wine competition of American wines in the world. It continued to grow and entries rapidly rose from 3,800 wines entered in 2007 to a staggering 6,960 entries from all across the country in 2018. Over 60 prestigious experts within the media, trade, hospitality and education industries from around the country join together to judge these wines each year and because of their diligence the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition continues to hold the title of the largest competition of American Wines in the World.