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2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup Winners; Barboursville Vineyards And…

Fresh off the press, the 2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup Winner is Barboursville Vineyards for their 2009 Octagon 12th Edition! Congratulations to Luca Paschina, the Zonin Family, and the entire staff at Barboursville for not only winning the Governor’s Cup but for being the first vineyard in Virginia to win the cup four times. Also, a big congratulations goes out to the other 11 Vineyards for earning a spot in the Governor’s Case in no particular order: Cooper Vineyards – 2010 Petite Verdot Reserve King Family Vineyards – 2010 Meritage Lovingston Winery – 2009 Josie’s Knoll Estate Reserve (Meritage) Philip Carter Winery – 2010 Cleve (Petite Verdot, Tannat) Pollak Vineyards – 2009 Cabernet Franc Reserve Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery – 2010 Richland Reserve Heritage (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Petite Verdot) Rappahannock Cellars – 2010 Meritage RdV Vineyards – 2010 Rendevous (Meritage) RdV Vineyards – 2010 Lost Mountain (Meritage) …

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EVENT: Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival

Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival April 9-11 | Charlottesville, VA Three days of celebrating the best of Central Virginia Wines Tickets on sale now! CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The 2015 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival presented by Mercedes Benz of Charlottesville will take place April 9-11, celebrating the best of Central Virginia wines over the course of three days. Tickets are on sale now and available at monticellowinetrailfestival.com and the Charlottesville’s Visitor Center on the downtown mall. The Monticello Wine Trail Festival is a partnership between the Jeffersonian Wine Grape Growers Society, nTelos Wireless Pavilion and the Jefferson Theater. In addition to our presenting sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Charlottesville other key sponsors and event partners include Bank of the James and Keller & George jewelers. The Monticello Wine Trail is a not-for-profit organization that exists to promote and encourage cooperation among the various award-winning Central Virginia wineries, which have helped …

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2014 Virginia Wine Blogger Petit Verdot Blind Tasting at Casanel Vineyards

Since my first Blind Tasting years back, I have developed a love for this unbiased format of tasting your way through multiple varieties of the same wine from various producers. Blind tastings really provide tasters the ability to try wine without judging based on producer, price, or reputation because, well, it’s blind. My goal is to assemble groups of fellow bloggers, industry folks, and wine enthusiasts to take part in multiple blind tasting events to assist in unbiasedly pointing out some of Virginia’s standouts. During certain blind tastings, we may toss a couple of wild cards in there from other viticultural areas outside of Virginia to see where Virginia stands blindly against other producers throughout the world. One of the first events we held this year  was this blind Petit Verdot tasting, which was graciously hosted by Katie and the wonderful folks at Casanel Vineyards in Leesburg, Virginia. We originally …

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2014 Virginia Governor’s Cup Award Winners

February 27, 2014 Office of the Governor Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Contact: Annette Boyd Phone: (804) 402-1896 Email: Annette.Boyd@Virginiawine.org   Adagio Joins 11 Other Fine Virginia Wines from 9 Wineries to Comprise Governor’s Cup      Secretary Haymore Awarded Wine Person of the Year by the VWA  RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe tonight awarded the 2014 Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) Governor’s Cup to The Williamsburg Winery’s 2010 Adagio, a blended red wine. The Governor’s Cup was awarded February 27 at the VWA’s Governor’s Cup Gala at the John Marshall Hotel. Speaking at the Governor’s Cup awards ceremony, Governor McAuliffe said, “I am honored to award the Governor’s Cup to The Williamsburg Winery, one of Virginia’s oldest and most prolific wineries. It is no secret the Commonwealth’s wine industry has experienced tremendous growth both in quantity and quality in recent years. Such growth has an enormous impact on Virginia in terms of …

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Gabriele Rausse Winery; If you’re not familiar, you need to be

When holding a casual conversation with anyone who has a hand or two in the Virginia Wine Industry, you can inquire as to their opinion of who are the big names when it comes to producing good wine in the state. Many will ramble off names such as Jim Law, Luca Paschina, and Michael Shaps due to their respective reputation of either producing good wines or consulting for a large portion of new vineyard startups in Virginia. However, there is a name missing in that list – Gabriele Rausse. Many people do not realize that when Gabriele first came to the United States, he landed his first vineyard job stateside with fellow countryman Gianni Zonin and his new startup, Barboursville Vineyards, in April of 1976. Prior to that, Gabriele had completed his University studies in his home country of Italy and began working for Santa Margherita until he enlisted in …

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New Years Eve Selections: A Virginia Blind Sparkling Tasting 2013

This past March, Frank Morgan (DrinkWhatULike Wine Blog) organized our annual Virginia Blind Sparkling gathering at Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison. Now you may be scratching your head asking, “Why in the world is he just now posting this article?” Well it’s quite simple, you, the reader, would be generally more interested in sparkling wines and champagne style bubbly before New Years, now rather then in March. I, first, would like to thank Frank and the entire staff at Early Mountain for their hospitality and accommodations during our annual event. As far as the format is concerned, we generally collect around 12-15 sparkling wines and toss in a couple of wild cards from outside Virginia to liven up the sparkling and see where Virginia stands compared to those outside of the state. Paul and Warren from VirginiaWineTime, the duo from Swirl, Sip, and Snark, Allan from CellarBlog, as well as …

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EVENT: State of Wine: A Tasting of Virginia Wines

State of Wine: a Tasting of Virginia Wines December 7 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | $55 Join the Washington Wine Academy and the Crystal City BID as they host a pop up event featuring the Wines of Virginia. They are gathering 10 of the arguably best wineries in the state of Virginia in one place for you.  Usually one would have to travel throughout the state of Virginia to visit each of these wineries. They are making it easier for you by selecting the top ones and bringing them and their wines into one place. They are proud to be the very first ones to be able to offer such an event. Bring a notepad to write down your comparative tasting notes! Wineries included so far are (alpha order): Barboursville Winery Boxwood Winery Chrysalis Vineyards Horton Vineyards Linden Vinyards Paradise Springs Winery Pearmund Cellars Rappahannock Cellars RdV Vineyards Trump Winery You will be given …

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Early Mountain Vineyards; Committed to the Very Best of Virginia, for Virginia

Another AmericanWineryGuide article, this time about the Steve and Jean Case owned winery in Madison, Virginia, Early Mountain Vineyards. A couple of months ago, a large gathering of Virginia Wine bloggers united to tour and taste at Early Mountain, and see what they had to offer to Virginia. Take a peak at just what we concluded…and be sure to check out the Spring/Summer menu below!   “Early Mountain opened its doors in June of 2012 in a newly transformed and renovated building with detailed stone work, airy ambience, open wood raftered barn style ceiling, swanky tile work, vintage farm tables and chairs, and gas fireplaces scattered about the facility. Shortly, after opening the facility, Early Mountain introduced their “Best of Virginia” tasting. Rather than simply offering Early Mountain produced wines, they hand-selected and feature wines they deem as the best wines from around the Commonwealth of Virginia. Wineries such as …

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Reynard Florence Vineyard; Vines Planted with Family Roots

After a recent trip to Early Mountain Vineyards, a group of us decided to pop by nearby Reynard Florence Vineyard. Recently open to the public, this boutique winery was a  Central Virginia winery that I had not visited yet. Owners Roe and Dee Allison planted their vineyard on the very land they raised their family on over the past thirty or so years. Both attended Piedmont Virginia Community College, where in 2006 the couple received their degrees in viticulture and enology. They are very passionate about maximizing the land’s potential and building a business around it. With consultant Michael Shaps as their winemaker, the husband and wife duo have begun showing Virginia just what this family plot has to offer in terms of yielding high quality wine. The close to three acres of vines consist of Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a newly planted plot of Grenache. …

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Celebrating DC Wine Week / VA Wine Month; Washington Wine Academy Event

Last Friday the Washington Wine Academy and DC Wine Week 2012 hosted an event at the Washington Wine Academy, pouring nothing but Virginia wines and 2012 VA Governor’s Cup winners. Over the course of the two hour event, three pouring stations, as well as a huge cheese and charcuterie spread, were packed into the small space that was populated by approximately 100 people.   My excitement mounted at the ability to taste all of the 2012 VA Governor’s Cup winners, especially the 2009 Hodder from Glen Manor, as it has been sold out for quite sometime. I was a bit disappointed that I missed the opportunity to try the RdV Rendevous 2009, as I still have a hard time coming to grips with the $40 tour/tasting fee and minimum $60 per bottle cost at RdV.  But, now, this was my chance to taste it for free. Sadly, they had poured all …

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