VA Wines Take Home 24 Medals in International Wine Competition
Office of Governor Bob McDonnell Press Release
Governor McDonnell today congratulated Virginia wineries for their recognition at the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition. The competition is the largest international wine competition in America, with more than 4,500 wines from 26 U.S. States and 29 countries competing.
"Virginia wines continue to garner acclaim far and wide, which is just one reason why my administration is proud to promote them here in Virginia, across the country, and around the world," said Governor Bob McDonnell. "The latest recognition came when the awards for the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition, one of the most highly regarded wine competitions in the world, were announced earlier this month. Just as last year, a number of Virginia wines scored highly against more than 4500 other wines and were awarded double gold, gold, silver, and bronze medals. The First Lady and I congratulate all of our wineries and wine makers for their accomplishments and for helping raise the Virginia wine industry to higher levels."
"In particular, we want to recognize Luca Paschina and Barboursville Vineyards for winning 'Best of Show' for their 2007 Malvaxia Passito and Doug Flemer and his team at Ingleside Vineyards for winning 'Best of Varietal' for their 2007 Petite Verdot. Luca and Doug have been outstanding ambassadors for the Virginia wine industry for years, so it is incredibly gratifying to see their efforts so highly recognized by the discerning judges at the San Francisco International Wine Competition."
Virginia is home to more than 200 wineries statewide and is fifth in the nation for wine grape production. A recent economic impact study shows that Virginia's burgeoning wine industry contributes almost three-quarters of a billion dollars - or $747 million - annually to Virginia's economy. Virginia wineries and vineyards support 4,800 jobs that provide $156 million total in wages. 1.6 million visitors include a visit to a Virginia winery on a trip. Wine travel in Virginia has gained many recent accolades. Virginia was recently named one of the ten best wine travel destinations in the world for 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Barboursville Vineyards – Best of Show Dessert Wine
Best of Show Dessert Wine, Double Gold Medal Barboursville Vineyards 2007 Passito, Malvaxia, Virginia $30.
Silver Medal Barboursville Vineyards 2009 Petit Verdot, Reserve, Virginia $25.
Bronze Medal Barboursville Vineyards 2009 Nebbiolo, Reserve, Virginia $22.
Bronze Medal Barboursville Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Franc, Reserve, Virginia $23.
Ingleside Vineyards – Best Petit Verdot
Best Petit Verdot, Double Gold Medal Ingleside Vineyards 2007 Petit Verdot, Virginia $20.
Gold Medal Ingleside Vineyards 2007 Petit Verdot, Reserve, Virginia $27.
Silver Medal Ingleside Vineyards 2007 Red Blend, Virginia Gold, Virginia $35.
Gray Ghost Vineyards
Gold Medal Gray Ghost Vineyards 2011 Late Harvest Vidal, Adieu, Virginia $24.
Silver Medal Gray Ghost Vineyards 2011 Vidal Blanc, Virginia $13.
Bronze Medal Gray Ghost Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Reserve, Virginia $25.
Bronze Medal Philip Carter Winery 2010 Meritage, Virginia $29.
Bronze Medal Veramar Vineyard 2011 Seyval Blanc, Virginia $19.
Keswick Vineyards Press Release
Keswick Vineyards, a family-owned award-winning vineyard located in Albemarle County, captured a double gold award in California, the heart of America's wine country, at the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition. Keswick Vineyards' 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve bested some highly valued Napa Valley cabernets, often considered the benchmark or standard to which all New World cabernets are judged, including some that retail for over $100 a bottle.
Commenting on this impressive award, Al Schornberg, owner of Keswick Vineyards, said "In a competition featuring so many great wines, we are honored that a Virginia cabernet showed so well". This medal follows closely on the heels of several other awards received by the vineyard including double-gold and Best of Class two years in a row at the Indy International Wine Festival for their Viognier and a platinum award at the San Diego International Wine Competition for their 2007 Heritage Reserve. Winemaker Stephen Barnard said, "We have always felt that our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon was very special, so we are thrilled that it won such a coveted medal in this prestigious competition. This win demonstrates that we here in Central Virginia, specifically at Keswick Vineyards, have the ability to produce world-class wines."
The San Francisco International Wine Competition is generally regarded as the most prestigious wine competition in the United States as it brings in wines from 26 different countries, including such noteworthy regions as Italy, France, Australia, and Napa Valley, California. In total, 4556 wines were submitted for judging. Of the thousands of wines entered, less than 5% were awarded a double gold. This double gold category is reserved for wines that receive a unanimous consensus as outstanding in a blind tasting procedure, making it a truly special award.