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    Wine Wednesday: Record year for Loudoun wine at Governor’s Cup

    More than 400 red and white wines from 96 of the commonwealth's wineries were entered into this year's Governor's Cup Competition.

    Loudoun County vintners had a historic showing in the 2014 Governor's Cup wine competition, the top results of which were announced Feb. 27 at the Hotel John Marshall in Richmond.

    A record four Loudoun wines placed in the Governor's Case - essentially the top 12 wines in Virginia. These include Sunset Hills Vineyard's 2010 Mosaic, a meritage blend; Fabbioli Cellars's 2011 Tannat; North Gate Vineyard's 2011 Meritage; and Two Twisted Posts Winery's 2012 Chardonnay.

    If you’ve never heard of Two Twisted Posts, you’re not alone. The Purcellville winery has yet to officially open its doors, but plans to do so by mid-March.

    The Governor's Cup wine named the best of Virginia was The Williamsburg Winery's 2010 Adagio, a classical blend of cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot with a New World style.

    Any wine made from 100 percent Virginia fruit was eligible for the competition. More than 400 red and white wines from 96 of the Commonwealth's wineries were entered into this year's Governor's Cup.

    The competition took place over three weeks of preliminary tastings at the Capital Wine School in Washington, D.C. The final round of tastings was held at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond in early February.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) entertained as the keynote speaker for the gala, which drew more than 500 attendees.

    “It is no secret the commonwealth's wine industry has experienced tremendous growth both in quantity and quality in recent years,” Gov. McAuliffe said. “Such growth has an enormous impact on Virginia in terms of economic development and job creation.

    “The Virginia Governor's Cup, now recognized as one of the nation's most stringent competitions, helps to raise awareness of the world class wines grown and blended right here in the Commonwealth.”

    Also in attendance were local state Dels. Randy Minchew (R-10th) and David Ramadan (R-87th).

    Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, appointed by former Gov. Bob McDonnell and reappointed by Gov. McAuliffe, was honored as Virginia's "Wine Person of the Year" for his efforts to promote the Commonwealth's wine.

    According to a recent economic impact study, the Virginia wine industry employs more than 4,700 and contributes nearly $750 million annually to the commonwealth's economy.

    In terms of wine grape production, Virginia is now tied for fifth with Texas.

    “I promise you this, by the time I'm done as governor, Rick Perry will be gone and Texas will be behind Virginia,”

    McAuliffe told a cheering crowd. “I'm not a producer, but I am a consumer. If the McAuliffe family has to do it alone, we will do our part.”

    Click here to read a full list of the Governor's Case wines and to learn more about the Governor's Cup competition.

    Featuring news on the Loudoun County wine industry, the Times-Mirror's “Wine Wednesday” appears the first Wednesday of each month. Contact the writer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Check out recent Wine Wednesdays below:

    -"Wine Wednesday: Give me the gas!" -- Feb. 5
    -"Outside the vineyard" -- Jan. 1
    -"Mulling through the holidays" -- Dec. 4, 2013


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