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Governor McAuliffe Announces Muse Vineyards’ 2009 Clio Awarded 2015 Virginia Wine Governor’s Cup

~Woodstock-based Muse’s Bordeaux-styled Red Blend Scores Best Amongst Almost 400 Entries from 94 Wineries~ Governor Terry McAuliffe tonight awarded the Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) 2015 Governor’s Cup to Muse Vineyards for their 2009 Clio, a Bordeaux-style blended red wine.  The Governor’s Cup was awarded at the VWA’s Governor’s Cup Gala held at the John Marshall Hotel.  This is the first Governor’s Cup for Muse Vineyard, based in the Town of Woodstock in Shenandoah County. Speaking at the Governor’s Cup awards ceremony, Governor McAuliffe said, “I am honored to present this year’s award to Muse Vineyards for their 2009 Clio.  Robert Muse and his wife, Sally Cowal, embody the entrepreneurial spirit of Virginia winemakers: a vision for excellence, a relish for hard work in the vineyard, and an aptitude for risk and experimentation.  Thomas Jefferson would be proud of Robert and Sally’s efforts and I congratulate them for winning the 2015 …

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VA Wine in My Pocket App for FREE for a LIMITED TIME!

To help kick off Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine & Dine Month, the Virginia Wine in My Pocket—Wine Country Travel Guide—invites you to Eat, Sleep, Drink Virginia Wine for free! Their popular mobile travel guide–normally $4.99–will be free for a week in iTunes, starting on March 1 and continuing until the end of MARCH! The app works on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Hop on over to the iTunes store during the month of March for this limited time offer now at the link below! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/virginia-wine-in-my-pocket/id423107812?mt=8 For more information on the VA Wine In My Pocket App and Website, click here to learn more. *The app is also available for Android, but to my knowledge this is an iOS only special

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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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A Pour House Vacation

For those curious…what has been the hold up on new content? Jaymie and I have been on vacation in Italy for most of the month and are capping our trip off Friday with a private Tuscan winery tour. Content will be full of pictures, write ups, reviews,  and bottle notes. November is going to an explosive month, in a good way. Stay tuned! Caio for now. Anthony

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An Exciting Virginia Pour House Announcement

Some exciting news to report from this past weekend and, no, Quattro Goombas is still NOT making Virginia Wine and Jim Law has not offered a helping hand to other local wineries. Jaymie and I got engaged Sunday afternoon at Rappahannock Cellars in Huntley, Virginia. HUGE thanks to Allan Delmare as well as the entire Delmare family for helping facilitate this special day. Special thanks to Allan’s staff, including Nick and Phillip and Allan’s girlfriend Lauren.  You all helped make our day special and memorable. We also wanted to thank the future Mr. and Mrs. Ryan and Amy Turner as well as Fred and Allison over at This Is Wine (my other half of the Two Yutes Wine Blog). What appeared to Jaymie to be a typical day of stopping by Rappahannock Cellars for a glass of wine turned out to be much, much more. Allan invited us down to the …

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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli chimes in on Fauquier County Drama

For those of you who have been wondering about where the battle of the Board of Supervisors (Fauquier County) vs. Fauquier Wineries stands, the Virginia Wine Council released this statement a couple of weeks ago from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Now this does not state that there is any action being taken by Cuccinelli, it merely offers an opinion from the Attorney General. This also maybe a preview of what’s to come. Back in February, Barrel Oak settled with the Board, but another suit was filed against the Board by 10 other wineries. The details of that suit can be read here.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE POLICY CONTACT: Katie Hellebush, Director 804.726.6021 KHellebush@AllianceGroupLtd.com Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli: Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance Exceeds Local Authority RICHMOND – Attorney General Cuccinelli declared on July 19, 2013 that the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance related to farm wineries exceeds the locality’s zoning authority and …

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OPINION: Can Virginia Wineries Justify Charging $40 – $50 a Bottle at This Point in the Game?

What do YOU think about paying $40 – $50 for a bottle of Virginia wine? Are we, as a wine industry in Virginia, pricing ourselves out of the market? After finally seeing some 90 point ratings in Wine Enthusiast Magazine for wines from Virginia, I couldn’t help but notice the price points. Granted, we have produced some pretty amazing vintages recently, but should you justify your price points on how good the year was? For example, we had a very wet portion of the year closer to harvest in 2011, which produced some lighter style reds. The previous years, a winery would consistently price out their… oh say, Cabernet Franc at $22 per bottle, and they also kept that same price point for the not-so-great 2011 Cabernet Franc. Of course you aren’t going to reduce the price because of the conditions – after all you want to keep your price …

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EVENT: Second Annual Virginia Wine & Cheese Tasting to Fight MS

Here at Virginia Pour House, I’m all about supporting charity events and helping others in need to the fullest extent I can. After attending a blind sparking tasting at Early Mountain Vineyards (my second year attending), I spoke with Allan over at CellarBlog about his work with some other Virginia wineries to hold on an event supporting the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. I told him I would spread the word and I am, after all, a man of my word. The Second Annual Virginia Wine & Cheese Tasting to Fight MS is a great event (and very inexpensive given the enormity of the cause). I strongly urge all of you, the readers, to put May 5th on your calendars and attend this charity event. For online ticket purchasing, there will be a pre-registration online, but you can also purchase tickets at the door for no additional cost. The details are …

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A MUST READ: East Coast Wineries Writer Carlo De Vito Explains A Blogs Role in the Wine Industry

“The latest findings from Technorati’s 2013 Digital Influence Report show that “consumers are turning to blogs when looking to make a purchase,” read the report. “In fact, blogs rank favorably with consumers for trust, popularity and even influence.” So, in the last year I’ve gone to more conferences than a first year Ph.D. candidate. I’ve been north, west, and east, and am full up to here with wine conferences. The two things that keep me going back? The wine. And the friends. And of course the exchange of information is invaluable. But something bothered me greatly this year, and I need to speak out on it. I went to a number of conferences, and in very rare instances did I see any bloggers. More upsetting than this, when I went to social media seminars, not only were bloggers not invited to speak, but when mentioned, they were in fact derided …

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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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