Aurora Cellars Wines Catch National Attention

The Simpson Family Estate’s winemaking team was thrilled to take home the top prize and five other medals for Aurora Cellars wines at the 2021 TEXSOM International Wine Awards. The competition, which draws some of the top Sommeliers, wine writers, and national wine critics from around the world, is viewed as one of the most important and prestigious competitions in the wine industry.


The Aurora Cellars 2017 Cabernet Franc earned a Judge’s Selection merit, given to only 3% of the wines in the competition.  (The Judge’s selection awards were given to a total of 51 wines from around the world out of a total of 2,400 wines entered into the competition.)  In addition to the Judge’s Selection award, the 2017 Blaufrankisch and the 2020 Medium Sweet Gewurztraminer also received a gold medals (given to only 8% of the wine entries).


Judges Selection - 2017 Cab Franc

Aurora Cellars 2017 Cab Franc took home the Judge’s Selection award.

When asked for her notes on the Aurora Cellars 2017 Cabernet Franc, TEXSOM Retreat Writer and Wine Judge, Brandi Carter said, “This artisanal producer’s Cabernet Franc is a classic expression of the variety and reminds me of a farmer’s market in the best way.  This wine is very earthy, evoking mushrooms still covered in dirt, but that’s rounded out by generous black fruit, fresh cranberry, and coriander notes.  It is very bright and refreshing, beginning and finishing with piercing acidity supported by a soft, velvety grip.


“We were thrilled to win elite awards for a variety of our wines.  Receiving top merits on wines grown and produced in the Traverse Wine Coast is exciting for us and helps reinforce the message about the quality being produced in the Michigan wine industry,” said Taylor Simpson, co-owner of both Aurora Cellars and Good Harbor Vineyards.  “The Judge’s Selection awards are further proof of the quality that is being grown and produced on the Traverse Wine Coast.  Our wines are able to compete on a national scale and help gain attention from some of the best palates in the business.” 


You can check out all the award winners here and be the judge yourself!




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