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Governor's Cup Gold Medal Winners

Tuesday, February 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: February 9, 2018

 

Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office

Contact: Annette Boyd

Phone: 804-402-1896

Email: Annette.Boyd@Virginiawine.org

 

 

Virginia Wineries Association Announces

2018 Governor's Cup® Gold Medalists, The Virginia Wine Person of the Year, & The Virginia Wine Lifetime Achievement Award

 

            Richmond, Va. (Feb. 9, 2018) – The Virginia Wineries Association Governor’s Cup® Virginia Wine Competition judging is final, and the list of golds are announced. Ninety-nine Virginia wines have been awarded gold medals in the 2018 Virginia wine competition, which was held over a four-week period during late January and early February. Now in its 36th year, the competition was revamped in 2012 to become one of the most stringent and thorough wine competitions in the country. 

            The gold medalists from this year's Governor's Cup were selected from 442 entries of both red and white wines, from 100 different Virginia wineries. Ninety-nine of the wines scored a 90 or higher on a 100-point score range. This is the highest number of gold medals ever received for this prestigious competition (a full list is included at the bottom of this release).

            Patterns emerged with this year’s awards. Of the gold medal winning wines, strong categories for 2018 included:

-          36 Bordeaux Blend wines

-          11 Petit Verdots

-          11 Viogniers

-          8 Chardonnays

-          5 Petit Mansengs

-          3 Tannats and 3 red blends with Tannat

-          4 dessert wines

The esteemed panel of judges, directed by Jay Youmans – one of only 45 Masters of Wine (MW) in the U.S. – had the difficult task of ranking each wine based on a unified scoring system. Any wine made from 100% Virginia fruit is eligible for the Governor's Cup Competition (ciders and fruit wines have their own categories). Entries must include an affidavit with a certification of 100% Virginia fruit and vineyard particulars, including grower names and location, as well as information on alcohol, acidity or basicity (pH), and residual sugar.

Commenting on this year’s judging, Jay Youmans said, “There are several factors that contributed to this banner year for the Virginia Governor’s Cup. Several judges commented that the white wines really stood out this year. In addition, the overall caliber of wines were outstanding. The scores of wines that were sent to the final round of judging from the preliminary round were on average, two points higher than in previous years. This is a significant difference. Combined, the end result is an exceptional year for wines in this competition.”

Of the gold medal winning wines, twelve top scoring red and white wines will then comprise the Governor's Cup Case® to showcase the state's top wines. The highest scoring wine of the competition will be awarded the grand prize of the Governor's Cup itself. The winner of the Governor’s Cup will be announced by Governor Ralph Northam at the Virginia Governor’s Cup Gala on February 27, 2018; the other eleven wines that make the Governor’s Cup Case® will also be recognized. The gala is a private invitation only event.  

            The rapid growth of Virginia's vibrant wine industry has made it one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the state. Today, there are over 280 wineries in Virginia, and 300 vineyards that cultivate over 3,800 acres of grapes. Virginia wines have been gaining praise among wine critics for caliber of wines being produced and for the dramatic increases in wine quality in recent years. Both the Governor's Cup® Competition and the resulting Governor’s Cup Case® boost the visibility of the Virginia wine region through various marketing programs and exposure to top wine critics and tastemakers.

 

Virginia Wine Person of the Year and

Virginia Wine Lifetime Achievement Award

 

The Virginia Wineries Association also announces the 2018 Virginia Wine Person of the Year and the 2018 Virginia Wine Lifetime Achievement Award.

Frank Britt, a Lynchburg businessman and the original publisher of the online magazine and e-newsletter, Official Virginia Wine Lover, will be posthumously named Virginia Wine Person of the Year. Mr. Britt passed away in May 2017. Described as a “well-known pillar of the community,” he founded Britt Marketing & Public Relations in 1981, concentrating on clients in commerce and industry. Britt’s interest in wine and the Virginia wine industry began some ten years ago with a budding interest in visiting local wineries, resulting in many friendships with winery owners, winemakers, staff personnel, and others in the industry. Beginning in 2008, Britt dedicated himself to promoting the industry with the online publication, Official Virginia Wine Lover. He has served as consultant for a number of wine festivals around the state; in 2013, Britt initiated his own event in Lynchburg, the James River Wine & Music Festival. His wife, June Britt, will be accepting the award on his behalf.

The Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Lucie Morton, an internationally recognized author, viticulturist, ampelographer, lecturer, consultant, and research collaborator. Based in Virginia, Morton has provided advice on viticulture to numerous national and international wineries. She received her higher education in viticulture in Europe, but her practical education began in Virginia – working as a vineyard manager on her family’s farm along the banks of the Potomac River. Most recently, Morton has been working with geologists to show the need for revising potassium recommendations based on soil analyses, as well as with plant pathologists to better understand how wood fungi impact developing fruit clusters.

Both Frank Britt and Lucie Morton will be honored at the Governor’s Cup® Gala on Tuesday, February 27th in Richmond, VA.

 

For interviews and photo requests, please contact Annette Boyd at 802.402.1896 or Annette.Boyd@Virginiawine.org.

 

 

 

For more information about the Governor’s Cup or events, tours and tastings, please visit the Virginia Wine Marketing Office’s website at http://www.virginiawine.org/ or call 8043448200.

 

2018 Governor’s Cup Gold Medalists

 

Winery

Vintage

Wine Type

Year

868 Estate Vineyards

Cabernet Franc Reserve

Cabernet Franc

2015

868 Estate Vineyards

Meritage Reserve

Meritage

2015

Afton Mountain Vineyards

Chardonnay Estate Reserve

Chardonnay

2016

Afton Mountain Vineyards

Tradition

Meritage

2016

Barboursville Vineyards

Octagon

Meritage

2012

Barboursville Vineyards

Paxxito

Dessert

2013

Barboursville Vineyards

Paxxito

Dessert

2014

Barboursville Vineyards

Octagon

Meritage

2014

Barboursville Vineyards

Octagon

Meritage

2015

Barboursville Vineyards

Vermentino Reserve

Vermentino

2016

Bluestone Vineyard, Inc.

Cadenza

Meritage

2014

Bluestone Vineyard, Inc.

Petit Manseng

Petit Manseng

2016

Bold Rock Hard Cider

Crimson Red Vintage Dry

Cider

NV

Bozzo Family Vineyards LLC

2nd Act

Meritage

2016

Breaux Vineyards

Meritage

Meritage

2015

Breaux Vineyards

Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo

2015

Casanel Vineyards & Winery

Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot

2015

Castle Hill Cider

Serendipity

Cider

2016

Chateau Morrisette

2015 Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot

2015

Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farms

Viognier2016

Viognier

2016

Cooper Vineyards

53rd Winery and Vineyard Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot

2015

CrossKeys Vineyards

Ali d'Oro

Dessert

2015

Doukenie Winery

Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot

2015

Doukenie Winery

Vintner's Reserve

Meritage

2015

Doukenie Winery

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

2015

Ducard Vineyards

Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot

2014

Ducard Vineyards

Signature Viognier

Viognier

2016

Early Mountain Vineyards

Eluvium 2014

Meritage

2014

Early Mountain Vineyards

Eluvium 2015

Meritage

2015

Early Mountain Vineyards

Quaker Run Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay

2015

Early Mountain Vineyards

Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay

2016

Early Mountain Vineyards

Novum 2015

Meritage

2015

Effingham Manor & Winery

Tannat

Tannat

2014

Flying Fox Vineyard

Trio

Meritage

2015

Flying Fox Vineyard

Viognier

Viognier

2016

Fox Meadow Winery

Le Renard Rouge

Meritage

2015

Glen Manor Vineyards

Hodder Hill

Meritage

2013

Glen Manor Vineyards

Hodder Hill

Meritage

2014

Glen Manor Vineyards

Hodder Hill

Meritage

2015

Granite Heights Winery

Lomax Reserve

Meritage

2012

Ingleside Vineyards

Virginia Gold

Meritage

2014

Ingleside Vineyards

Left Bank

Meritage

2014

Jefferson Vineyards, LP

Meritage

Meritage

2014

Jefferson Vineyards, LP

Viognier

Viognier

2015

Jefferson Vineyards, LP

Viognier

Viognier

2016

Keswick Vineyards

Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve

Cabernet Franc

2016

King Family Vineyards

Meritage

Meritage

2014

King Family Vineyards

Mountain Plains

Meritage

2015

King Family Vineyards

Loreley

Dessert

2015

King Family Vineyards

Viognier (Small Batch Series)

Viognier

2016

King Family Vineyards

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

2016

Lost Creek Winery

Reserve Chardonnay

Chardonnay

2015

Michael Shaps Wineworks

Michael Shaps L. Scott

Tannat blend

2013

Michael Shaps Wineworks

Michael Shaps Meritage

Meritage

2014

Michael Shaps Wineworks

Michael Shaps Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot

2015

Michael Shaps Wineworks

Michael Shaps L. Scott

Tannat blend

2015

Michael Shaps Wineworks

Michael Shaps Petit Manseng

Petit Manseng

2015

Michael Shaps Wineworks

Michael Shaps Chardonnay

Chardonnay

2015

Michael Shaps Wineworks

Michael Shaps Meritage

Meritage

2015

Michael Shaps Wineworks

Michael Shaps Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

2015

Michael Shaps Wineworks

Michael Shaps Petit Manseng

Petit Manseng

2016

Mountain and Vine Vineyards and Winery, dba Delfosse Vineyards and Winery

Grand Cru Reserve

Meritage

2016

Muse Vineyards

Thalia

Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier

2016

Naked Mountain Vineyard

Tannat

Tannat

2016

Narmada Winery

Yash Vir

Meritage

2014

North Gate Vineyard

Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot

2015

Paradise Springs Winery

PVT

Tannat blend

2013

Paradise Springs Winery

Meritage

Meritage

2015

Paradise Springs Winery

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

2015

Paradise Springs Winery

Petit Manseng

Petit Manseng

2016

Paradise Springs Winery

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

2016

Pearmund Cellars

Ameritage Reserve

Meritage

2015

Pearmund Cellars

Petit Manseng

Petit Manseng

2016

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Vintner's Meritage Reserve

Meritage

2013

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Merlot Reserve

Merlot

2015

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Viognier

Viognier

2016

Pollak Vineyards

Meritage

Meritage

2013

Pollak Vineyards

Meritage

Meritage

2014

Pollak Vineyards

Cabernet Franc Reserve

Cabernet Franc

2015

Potomac Point Winery

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

2016

Stinson Vineyards

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

2015

Tarara Winery

Nevaeh Red

Merlot/Syrah Blend

2015

Thistle Gate Vineyard LLC

Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot

2015

Trump Winery

Sparkling Blanc de Noir 2012

Sparkling

2012

Two Twisted Posts Winery LLC

Thomas Great

Meritage

2014

Upper Shirley Cellars

Upper Shirley Tannat

Tannat

2015

Valley Road Vineyards, LC

Viognier

Viognier

2015

Veritas Vineyards & Winery

Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot

2015

Veritas Vineyards & Winery

Vintner's Reserve

Meritage

2015

Veritas Vineyards & Winery

Viognier

Viognier

2016

Veritas Vineyards & Winery

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

2016

Virginia Cellars

The Barns at Hamilton Station Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot

2015

Virginia Cellars

The Barns at Hamilton Station Meritage

Meritage

2015

Virginia Cellars

Hamlet Vineyards Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot

2015

Virginia Cellars

Brix & Columns Vineyards Viognier

Viognier

2016

Virginia Cellars

Nicewonder Vineyards Viognier

Viognier

2016

Whitebarrel Winery

Fig Wine

Fruit Wine

NV

Willowcroft Farm Vineyards

Willowcroft Assemblage Select

Meritage

2015

 

 

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