Just two years ago, I walked down the aisle to the love of my life and the start of new beginnings. While every couple is different, we are celebrating our anniversary with what very well could be our tradition for years to come. Anniversary celebrations in the Heslip house include a home cooked meal, candlelight and great wine.
Most of the ambience is thanks to our friends and family and their beautiful wedding gifts. Candlesticks that came with well wishes to keep the romance alive are lit. Table linens are pulled out and I get to class it up since our apartment is really too small to host fancy parties. Last year we opened a bottle of Champagne we received, this year, we toasted with our wedding wine.
Sneakily I designed these bottles as table numbers for our wedding reception, which really became toast wine. My very talented in-laws made it themselves and we uncorked the last bottle for anniversary #2. For desert, we celebrated with a pie that was half him and half me: cherry and apple. I’m not a big fan of cake, so for our wedding we cut a pie and served it up alamode. I had a desert wine, Burgdorf’s Red Raspberry, I was saving for a special occasion and at the end of the meal, it was amazing!
Every August, the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council hosts their Gold Metal and Spirit Competition where they decide the best of the best of Michigan made wines. That Red Raspberry wine was a past gold medal winner. If you have a celebration or want to share a great wine as a gift, the medal winners are the ones to share. For the competition, the wines have to be made with Michigan ingredients. From hundreds of entries, the Best in Class winners rise to the top of each category.
This August the 2014 awards were given to eight deserving wines. Be sure to add a bit of class to your next celebration with these Best in Class winners!
Sparkling: Aurora Cellars 2011 Brut
Dry White: Blustone Vineyards 2013 Riesling
Dry Red: Peninsula Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc
Semi-dry White: Gill’s Pier Vineyard & Winery 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling
Semi-dry Red: Lawton Ridge Winery 2012 AZO Red
Dessert: Black Star Farms 2012 Arcturos Winter Harvest Riesling
Fruit: 45 North Vineyard & Winery Peach Cremant
Rosé: Chateau de Leelanau 2013 Cabernet Franc Rosé