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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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The Tasting Panel 2012 Tour of Double Golds; Washington, DC

For those of you who haven’t heard, this past year’s San Francisco International Wine Competition yielded a few winners from Virginia wineries and vineyards. The greatest accolade to be received in this competition is the Double Gold Medal. In the 2012 competition, Virginia’s own, Ingleside Vineyards, took home a Double Gold honor for their 2007 Petit Verdot. Please see the footer of this post for a listing of other Virginia wineries to receive awards.  Congratulations to Ingleside on their tremendous accomplishment. Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to Tasting Panel Magazine’s Tour of Double Golds event at the Poste Moderne Brasserie. The event consisted of most, if not all, of the Double Gold winners in the wine categories as well as the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold winners. A fantastic cheese and characuterie spread was available to all attendees as well as a wine …

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Fauquier Board Of Supervisors’ Pass anti-winery Ordinance; Jim Law changes name to Benedict Arnold

For those of you who have not heard, the Fauquier Board Of Supervisors passed the anti-winery Ordinance. Vote: AGAINST (1), Sherbeyn; FOR (4), Granger, Stribling, Trumbo, Schwartz. Interested in sounding off to those FOR? Here are their emails, have at it. kim.johnson@fauquiercounty.gov Peter.Schwartz@fauquiercounty.gov Holder.Trumbo@fauquiercounty.gov chester.stribling@fauquiercounty.gov lee.sherbeyn@fauquiercounty.gov chris.granger@fauquiercounty.gov I first want to thank the Swirl, Sip, and Snark duo for the excellent coverage of the meeting last night. There is a link at the bottom of this post which summarizes the fireworks from the meeting, through the eyes of GrapeEnvyGuy on Swirl, Sip, and Snark Blog. The shocker of the evening had to be Jim Law, of Linden, coming out in support of the ordinance. PAUSE. Let’s be honest, Jim, you started your winery on your family trust, you had wiggle room to fail and got away without relying on events because of your infinite amounts of funding. MOST OF THESE …

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TasteCamp Day Two; The trip through flavor country

Day one of the TasteCamp event proved to be nothing short of spectacular, and a bit overwhelming. Sounds rough I can imagine you saying yourself. After so many wines, your palate goes numb and all ability to decipher between two reds or whites goes right out the window! That being said, I was eager to see what day two would have in store for us. There we were, rolling up the long driveway into the parking lot of Fabbioli Cellars, and who better to greet us but Doug Fabbioli? Doug started his tour by explaining the many challenges that most of the other wineries had been faced with this year, frost risk and the early heat. The early heat has led the way to a 2-3 week early start to the bud break and growing season. The early bud break extends the season, which increases the chance of insect or …

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TasteCamp 2012: Day One…

First and foremost, I would like to thank Frank Morgan (@DrinkWhatULike) and Lenn Thompson (@lennthompson) for putting together a weekend packed with some pretty incredible wine, vineyard tours, lunches and dinners, great writers/bloggers, transportation, and experiences that I’m sure pushed all participants palates to the limit! I would also like to thank Tarara, Jordan Harris, Ankida Ridge, Annefield, Barboursville, Boxwood Winery, Blenheim, Gadino Cellars, Glass House, Hume, Notaviva, Paradise Spring, Pearmund, Rappahannock Cellars, White Hall, Breaux Vineyards, Jenn Breaux, Corcoran, Delaplane, General’s Ridge, Horton, Loudoun Valley, Narmada, Philip Carter, Stinson, Zephaniah, Fabbioli Cellars, Doug Fabbioli,  8 Chains North, Otium Cellars, North Gate, Linden, Jim Law, Visit Loudoun dot com, VirginiaWine.org, Smokin’ Willy, and Ben Renshaw. WHEW. Pause. Okay. Now that my thanks are out of the way, I would like to take the time to curse the WMATA for holding me up just enough to allow me to miss the …

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Virginia Wineries

8 Chains North Winery 868 Estate Vineyard and Winery Above Ground Winery (formerly 29 Vines) Aspen Dale Winery at The Barn Arterra Wines Barrel Oak Winery Berry Hill Vineyard Boxwood Winery Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery Breaux Vineyards Cardamon Vineyards Catoctin Creek Winery Capitol Vineyards Casanel Vineyards Chateau OBrien at Northpoint Chester Gap Cellars Chrysalis Vineyards Cobbler Mountain Cellars Corcoran Vineyards Creeks Edge Winery Crushed Cellars Cana Vineyard Delaplane Cellars Desert Rose Ranch & Winery Doukenie Winery Dry Mill Vineyards Winery Fabbioli Cellars Fox Meadow Winery Gadino Cellars Gray Ghost Vineyards Granite Heights Orchard and Winery Hartwood Winery Hidden Brook Winery Hiddencroft Vineyards Hillsborough Vineyards Hume Vineyards Hunters Run Wine Barn Lake Anna Vineyards Leaves of Grass Vineyard & Winery Linden Vineyards Little Washington Winery Lost Creek Vineyard and Winery Loudoun Valley Vineyards Maggie Malick Wine Caves Marterella Winery Mattaponi Winery Mediterranean Cellars Miracle Valley Vineyard Molon Lave Vineyards Morais …

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