Two Lake Michigan Shore wineries win high awards at International East Meets West Wine Challenge

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By: Joe Kuharic
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Folks living in Michiana have another reason to pop the cork and celebrate wine in the region.

Two wineries along the Lake Michigan Shore, Lemon Creek Winery and Tabor Hill Winery, won a combined 38 awards at the 2016 International East Meets West Wine Challenge that was hosted Feb. 16 in Sonoma, Calif. Both wineries competed in the International Eastern Wine Competition portion of the event, according to a press release.

Lemon Creek won 14 awards at the competition including the winery’s standout, the 2013 Meritage, which earned three awards: a double gold medal, best of class and best red.

“We are incredibly excited about this award and honored to have placed as we did within this prestigious and competitive competition” said owner/winemaker Jeff Lemon in a release.

Tabor Hill walked away from the competition with 24 awards, including a double gold medal for their 2014 Riesling. The winery’s top winner was its non-vintage Grand Mark, which earned a gold medal, best of class and best sparkling wine.

According to the wine competition website, the event began in 1975 and is “one of the oldest and longest-running wine competitions in the nation.” A double gold medal is only awarded to a wine when all judges agree a wine should receive a gold medal during the first round of judging.

The competition is open to all wines produced domestically and internationally, and judging is based on their regional designation.

Lemon Creek Winery is located at 533 E. Lemon Creek Road, Berrien Springs, Mich. Their summer hours (from May to November) are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Their winter hours (from December to April) are from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Tabor Hill Winery is located at 185 Mt. Tabor Road, Buchanan, Mich. Their tasting room hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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