Virginia Wines Win in California, Virginia Wine Tasting

Virginia wines show well in San Francisco competition March 18, 2013 4:11 PM

Virginia wines captured 61 medals in the recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Commonwealth wineries earned five gold medals, 28 silver medals (including one cider) and 28 bronze medals.

The gold medal winners included Barboursville Vineyards, Barrel Oak Winery, Gray Ghost Vineyards and Narmada Winery.

The competition drew 5,500 entries from more than 25 states. The panel of more than 70 judges included members of the media, restaurant and hospitality industry wine buyers, retail wine buyers, wine educators, and winemaker and industry representatives.

The gold medal winning wines were: Barboursville’s 2008 Malvaxia Passito, Barrel Oak’s 2010 Cabernet Franc and 2011 Petit Manseng Reserve, Gray Ghost’s 2011 Adieu Late Harvest Vidal and Narmadas’ 2010 Cabernet Franc.

Virginia’s wine industry has grown from six wineries in 1979 to more than 200 today.

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Virginia Wines Win in California, Virginia Wine Tasting

The Virginia wineries featured at the San Francisco event were: Barboursville Vineyards, Bluestone Vineyard, Delfosse Vineyards & Winery, Glen Manor Vineyards, Jefferson Vineyards, Keswick Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, Potomac Point Winery, Tarara Winery, Trump Winery, Veritas Vineyard & Winery and White Hall Vineyards. The event also featured Virginia foods, several of which are distributed in California, including cheeses from Everona Dairy and Meadow Creek Dairy, Royal Oak Peanuts, Olli Salumeria, Chesapeake Bay Packaging scallops, Ayrshire Farm beef, and hams from S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.

Raising the profile of Virginia wines and wine tourism are key components of the governor's economic development and jobs creation initiatives. The governor has promoted Virginia wines at the Virginia Executive Mansion and throughout Virginia, on other domestic business recruitment visits, and on international trade and marketing missions to India, Israel, and countries in Europe and Asia. First Lady Maureen McDonnell has also incorporated wine and wine tourism promotions into her First Lady Initiative Team Effort or FLITE.