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Gov. Terry McAuliffe takes ‘Virginia is for Lovers’ to a new, very literal level

Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks with wine writer Jon Bonné at the Virginia Wine Summit at Middleburg’s Salamander Resort Tuesday. Bonné was the summit’s keynote speaker. Times-Mirror/Trevor Baratko
All the governor needed was some Marvin Gaye in the background.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe dropped into Loudoun County Tuesday afternoon to praise and promote local wines at the annual Virginia Wine Summit, where he took the state's award-winning tagline – Virginia is for Lovers – to a very literal level.

“We opened up our oyster trail to match our oysters with our wineries -- another great opportunity for our tourism,” McAuliffe (D) told an intimate crowd at Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg. “So, Virginia is for Lovers – you know that's our slogan for 50 years. So, you get the oysters, you get the wine … you figure out the rest.”

The governor's remarks drew laughs from a crowd that had been sipping on vin since 10 a.m.

McAuliffe went on to note the wine industry's major economic impact in the commonwealth. According to a 2012 study, the industry generates $750 million in economic activity and employs more than 4,700 people annually. With the sector realizing major growth in recent years, insiders say the true economic figures are likely higher than the 2012 study shows.

“We are very committed to the wine industry here,” he said. “We have 275 wineries. We have just, as you know, moved into fifth place in the entire United States ... I only serve Virginia wines in the governor's mansion.”

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Comments


David - throw in a Hydrocodone and the rest of the hypocrite posse will follow…...


Pop a cork and Governor 47 Proof will be there in an instant.

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