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    ‘Great Grapes of Loudoun’ to showcase premier local wines

    We're launching it as a celebration of Loudoun wine, and we'd love to have you.

    The Loudoun Times-Mirror will host the inaugural Great Grapes of Loudoun showcase Sunday, May 18 at Palio Ristorante in historic Leesburg from 2-5 p.m. The tasting event will feature the four Loudoun wines that finished in the top 12 – placed in the Governor's Case – of the 2014 Governor's Cup Wine Competition.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the 72nd chief executive of the commonwealth, will attend and provide keynote remarks.

    The award-winning local labels will include: Sunset Hills Vineyards' 2010 Mosaic, a meritage blend; Fabbioli Cellars' 2011 Tannat; North Gate Vineyards' 2011 Meritage; and Two Twisted Posts Winery's 2012 Chardonnay. Winemakers and representatives from each winery will be on hand to talk about their labels.

    Tickets are running $30 per individual or $50 for two and are available online through EventBrite.com. Tickets include sample tastes of the four award-winners, entertainment and light fare. Additional glasses of wine will be available for purchase.

    For more information, contact David at Palio Ristorante at (703) 779-0060 or Times-Mirror wine writer Trevor Baratko at (937) 286-5154.

    2014 was the first year as many as four Loudoun wines place in the Governor's Case. Any wine made from 100 percent Virginia fruit was eligible for the competition, and more than 400 red and white wines from 96 of the Commonwealth's wineries were entered in the 2014 contest. 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.

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