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S T. J U L I A N W I N E R Y { AMERICAN WINE TRAIL Michigan’s Finest St. Julian is Michigan’s oldest and most award-winning winery. B Y FAMILY Four generations of Braganinis have run St. Julian. K AT H RY N J O N E S C O M PA N Y P R O F I L E ST. JULIAN WINERY HEADQUARTERS: Paw Paw, Mich. EMPLOYEES: 75-80 SPECIALTY: Wine DAVID BRAGANINI, OWNER: “This is not your sniffer and swirler Sunday wine.” V E N E R A B L E C O M PA N Y N Nestled in the picturesque fruit-growing region along the southern shore of Lake Michigan, St. Julian Winery, based in Paw Paw, Mich., is the oldest, largest and most acclaimed winery in the state. Owner David Braganini credits its success to the quality, taste, consistency and value of its wines, as well as its unique history and reputation among wine enthusiasts who are looking for a consistently good, everyday Midwestern wine that’s easy going, down to earth and doesn’t take itself too seriously – much like the individuals who make it. “This is not your sniffer and swirler Sunday wine,” Braganini remarks. “We’re a mainstream wine, we’re consistent and we’re unique. We’re not an expensive wine. People are finding that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a consistently good wine. Of course you can pay more, but the fun is in finding something that you love that is less expensive. I think our wine tastes like it’s worth more than we charge. Women seem to buy 70 to 80 percent of the wine in Michigan, and we have a strong following.” St. Julian has had a strong following since Mariano Meconi, Braganini’s Italian grandfather, founded the company 90 years ago. Meconi migrated to Ontario as a child where he worked at Studebaker auto factory to supplement his preferred vocation of wine making. In 1921, he started Border City Wine Cellars, quickly changing its name to Meconi Wine Co. When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, he took his wine business across the river to Detroit the following year. In 1936, the company relocated to its current home in Paw Paw to be closer to the grape-growing region of the Lake Michigan shore. Now known as St. Julian Winery, it continues to be family owned and operated, with Angela Braganini, David’s daughter, representing the fourth generation. David Braganini, who has been president since 1981, says many of St. Julian’s employees have worked there for as long as he has. In addition to its own winery – which houses Michigan’s first tasting room – the company has three satellite tasting rooms. It utilizes 43 different grape growers and will crush – depending on the climate, weather and growing season – between 3,000 and 5,000 tons of grapes annually. In addition to making wine, St. Julian produces limited quantities of vodka > food and drink • spring 201 • 1 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food and Drink - Spring 2011

Food and Drink - Spring 2011
Tableside Chat
Table of Contents
News a la Carte
Current Events
FAD Exclusive
A Ripening Field
History in the Making
New Wine Paradigm
Don Sebastiani & Sons/ The Other Guys
St. Julian Winery
Ste. Genevieve Winery
Herzog Wine Cellars
Meier’s Wine Cellar
Oak Ridge Winery
Producers: Keeping Trade Secrets
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
Gel Spice Co. LLC
Vegetable Juices Inc.
Royal Caribbean Bakery/Caribbean Food Delights
Red Stripe Beer
Robertet Flavors
Annabelle Candy
Andrea Foods
Anchor Brewing
F&F Foods
Santa Sweets Inc.
Hillside Candy
Ricos Products
Sethness Greenleaf Inc.
Wunder-Bar: Automatic Bar Controls
Antigua Distillery
AMES International
Amato’s Bakery
Charlie’s Pride Meats
Citromax Group of Companies
Diamond Bakery
Grindmaster- Cecilware Corp.
Heartland Mill
Kirschenman Enterprises
Rakhra Mushroom Farm
FAME Food Management
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc.
Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd.
Sparrer Sausage Co. Inc.
Jamaican Teas Ltd.
Westminster Cracker Co.
Distributors: Don’t Risk It
The Fricks Company
U.S. Foodservice – Milwaukee Division
Arizona Select Distribution
Fairway Packing Co.
Ingredient Innovations
J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc.
Mastronardi Produce
Milne Fruit Products Inc.
Pellerito Foods
Albion Fisheries Ltd.
RPE Inc.
Retailers: Savoring the Moment
Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Quick Chek
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Sendik’s Fine Foods Inc.
Zaro’s Bakery
Balboa Brands
Restaurants: Toss Around Ideas
Sizzler USA
Dick’s Last Resort
Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.
Liberty Entertainment Group
Roly Poly Franchise Systems
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Winger’s USA Inc.
Bensi Restaurant Group Inc.
Leo’s Coney Island
Three Things

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