A HUUUUUUUUUGE Congratulations goes out to Ingleside Vineyards for being the ONLY American producer to win Gold in this year’s “Petit Verdot” category at the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition. I just received the official press release and decided to share the good news with my readers and again urge you all to visit this vineyard in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Along with their Petit Verdot, Ingleside producers some other gems such as a 2007 Syrah, 2006 Merlot, 2007 Cabernet Franc, a 2008 Sangiovese (one of my favorites), and a slew of other great wines. Not familiar with Ingleside? Familiarize yourself with my recent post about my visit to Ingleside here:
I’ve also included below a copy to the official press release. Enjoy, and if you get to visit Ingleside, be sure to let them know that you read about their wine on the Virginia Pour House wine blog.
Ingleside Vineyards wins ”Best Petit Verdot” / Double Gold in the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Virginia winery was the only American producer to win Gold in this year’s Petit Verdot category.
OAK GROVE, VA July 12, 2012 – Ingleside Vineyards, one of Virginia’s oldest and largest wineries, recently won “Best Petit Verdot”/ Double Gold in the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition for its 2007 Petit Verdot. Ingleside’s 2007 Reserve Petit Verdot also won a Gold medal. Ingleside was the only American winery to win Gold or Double Gold in this year’s Petit Verdot category.
The San Francisco competition is America’s largest and most prestigious wine competition. This year’s event drew 4,556 entries from 29 countries and 26 states. From these, only 202 Double Gold medals were awarded.
According to Ingleside winemaker Bill Swain, “2007 was a spectacular year for Petit Verdot at Ingleside. The grapes averaged over 25 Brix sugar and had the best color and flavor intensity since our first Petit Verdot harvest in 2001.”
Swain, who has worked in Napa Valley, Oregon and Venezuela, believes that the secret to Ingleside’s success with Petit Verdot lies in its unique growing region. “Bordeaux, France is the original source for several grape varieties that flourish in other parts of the world. Cabernet Sauvignon’s second home is in the Napa Valley; Malbec thrives in Argentina; and now Petit Verdot seems to excel in Virginia, and especially here at Ingleside.”
Ingleside was the first Virginia winery to bottle Petit Verdot as a varietal wine, starting in 2001.
In addition to its medals for Petit Verdot, Ingleside also won Silver in San Francisco for its 2007 Virginia Gold, a premium red blend. These awards follow recent wins for Ingleside at the 2012 San Diego International Wine Competition, where the Reserve Petit Verdot ’07 took a Gold medal and the Petit Verdot ’07 won Silver; and the 2012 Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition, where Ingleside’s Virginia Brut sparkling wine won a Silver medal.
About Ingleside Vineyards:
Producing its first wines in 1980, Ingleside Vineyards is one of Virginia’s oldest and largest wineries. Over the last 30 years, Ingleside has won awards from numerous state, national and international competitions. Ingleside welcomes visitors with daily guided tours and tastings, wine events and wedding facilities, as well as overnight stays in two waterfront rental cottages. For more information, please visit: www.inglesidevineyards.com.