Virginia wine has come a long way. In 1979 there were only 10 wineries in Virginia – now there are over 230 wineries!
Virginia wine has definitely evolved and is gaining worldwide attention. The commonwealth recently hosted the 2013 Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup Wine Gala at the John Marshall Hotel in Richmond. The sixth annual Virginia Wine Expo was also held recently and now, March is Virginia Wine & Dine Month.
The Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition is now considered the most rigorous and comprehensive wine competitions in the United States. World-class judges blind-tasted 377 of the best Virginia wines and analyzed the wine on appearance, aroma, flavor, overall quality and commercial suitability.
So what are the best wines in the state? The Gold Medalists were:
- Bluemont Vineyard 2010 The Horse (Cabernet Franc),
- Cooper Vineyards 2010 Reserve Petit Verdot,
- Glen Manor Vineyards 2010 Hodder Hill (Meritage),
- Keswick Winery 2010 Estate Reserve (Cabernet Sauvignon),
- King Family Vineyards 2010 Meritage,
- Lovingston Winery 2009 Josie Knoll (Meritage),
- Philip Carter Winery 2010 Cleve (Petit Verdot, Tannat),
- Pollack Vineyards 2009 Reserve Cabernet Franc,
- Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery 2010 Richland Reserve (Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauvignon, Tannant, Petit Verdot),
- Rappahannock Cellars 2010 Meritage, RdV Vineyard,
- 2010 Rendezvous & Lost Mountain (Meritage),
- Shenandoah Vineyards 2010 Cab Franc & Rhapsody (Chambourcin, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc),
- Sunset Hills Vineyard 2010 Mosaic (Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot),
- Trump Winery 2008 Sparkling Rose (Chardonnay, Petit Noir),
- Virginia Wineworks 2010 Michael Shaps (Cab Franc and Chardonnay)
- and 2008 Red Hill Reserve (Cab Franc).
Congratulations to Luca Paschina winemaker at Barboursville Vineyards – the 2009 Octagon (Meritage) was awarded the Governor’s Cup. (Visit www.barboursvillewine.net for details).
At the Virginia Wine Expo, more than 60 wineries were represented and more than 425 bottles of award-winning wines were available to taste and buy under one roof. This event is always a great opportunity to taste, learn about and buy Virginia wine. There, I had another chance to try the Governor’s Cup Gold Medal Winners along with some other impressive Virginia wines such as:
- DuCard Vineyard’s Viognier and Norton,
- VERITAS Vineyard & Winery,
- Flying Fox Vineyards,
- Saude Creek Vineyards
- and Delfosse Vineyards & Winery.
Everyone who attended this event had a great time!
And now it is March — Virginia Wine and Dine Month – Love by the Glass. To celebrate, the Virginia Wine Board has organized an assortment of events throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia for the coming weeks.
Near the Short Pump area, some happenings include Winter Wonderland Winery Passport, spring open houses, cooking classes and tons of great local music!
Also in Short Pump, Virginia wines are featured at The Wine Loft by the glass or bottle. Whole Foods also offers bottles from more than a dozen different wineries in its Local Wine section.
To check out additional events throughout March, check out www.virginiawine.org/wine-and-dine.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me – Cheers!