Monday, August 23, 2010

St. Julian’s Simply Pink Awarded “Rose of the Year” Honors at Indy International Wine Competition

St. Julian Winery’s Simply Pink was recently named “Rose of the Year” at the Indy International Wine Competition, held in early August in West Lafayette, IN. More than 50 judges from throughout the United States, Europe and Canada, gathered on the campus of Purdue University to taste, analyze and score wines from 12 countries and 39 US states in what is touted as the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States.

Served slightly chilled to deliver an explosion of summer fruit and berry aromas, like strawberries and apple blossoms, with tropical fruit and Red Haven peach flavors touched by honeyed sweetness, Simply Pink is a refreshing wine that pairs well with grilled foods and lighter fares. Made with a blend of Chambourcin, Foch, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes, Simply Pink is a semi-dry blush wine, perfect for sipping on the patio on a warm summer evening or next to the fire on a cold winter night.

Without a doubt, Simply Pink is the most personal wine that St. Julian President David Braganini has ever released. Simply Pink is dedicated to the memory of Julia Meconi Braganini (1926-1971) – daughter of Mariano Meconi, the founding father of what is now St. Julian Winery. Shortly after WWII, Julia met Apollo Braganini, a veteran of the Army Air Force. They married in 1947 and eventually had five children, including David – who has been running the day-to-day operations at St. Julian since 1978.

“It is with a glass in my hand and a tear in my eye that I toast to our new Simply Pink table wine to the memory of my mother, Julia,” says St. Julian President, David Braganini. “Mom fought the good fight for a number of years before finally succumbing to breast cancer at the much too young age of 45.”

Since it was introduced to the market last summer, St. Julian has produced 6000 cases of the award-winning Simply Pink wine. With every bottle sold, a donation is made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

“We are so happy to report that sales of Simply Pink have exceeded our expectations,” says Angela Braganini, St. Julian Director of Public Relations and granddaughter of Julia Meconi Braganini. “It gives us great pride to make ongoing contributions to the Foundation so that someday soon we may rid the earth of this dreaded disease which took my grandmother’s life.”

The family-owned St. Julian winery, Michigan’s oldest and longest-operating winery, was founded in 1921. It is one of 12 wineries to make up the Lake Michigan Shore Appellation – a designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) and is part of the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail. In 2011, St. Julian will proudly celebrate its 90th Anniversary.

Simply Pink (12% alcohol | pH: 3.17 | acid: 9.0 g/L | residual sugar: 2.2%)

St. Julian Wine Company
National Breast Cancer Foundation

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