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Notes from D.C. Wine Country: Greenhill takes double-gold in San Francisco ... New Fabbioli arrives

Greenhill's 2014 Chardonnay earned a double-gold in the latest San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Photo Courtesy/Greenhill Vineyards and Winery

Middleburg's Greenhill Vineyards and Winery came away from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Awards with some hardware, most notably a double-gold medal for its 2014 chardonnay, one of just four wines in its category to do so.

Produced in the traditional Burgundy method, Greenhill's chardonnay is composed of 100 percent Virginia fruit. It's barrel fermented, aged for 11 months in French oak before seeing the bottle. The chardonnay is listed for $36.

“It is an honor to be included on this exclusive list, to be recognized by one of the most prestigious of wine competitions in the world," said Greenhill winemaker Sebastien Marquet. "We strive to create a superior wine experience for our guests, and this competition supports our efforts in making excellent Virginia wine."

Greenhill was one of three Virginia wineries out of roughly a dozen who entered the competition to secure a double-gold, the other two being Williamsburg Winery's 2013 Petit Verdot and Bluestone Vineyard's 2014 Chardonnay. More information about the competition can be found at http://www.winejudging.com.

One of Loudoun's 40-plus wineries, Greenhill opened in late summer 2013 at the estate formerly known as Swedenburg Winery.

The new Fabbioli has arrived

Fabbioli Cellars' new tasting room, in between Lucketts and Leesburg. Times-Mirror/Trevor Baratko

Fabbioli Cellars opened its new, more spacious tasting room with a private event Jan. 13, hosting loyal customers and business types to tastings and some nosh.

One of Loudoun's original wineries, Fabbioli is slowly transitioning into the new space. Winemaker and owner Doug Fabbioli said he was proud of his team and loyal crew of local workers for constructing the facility.

“This is a great space to grow into,” said Fabbioli.

The winery is located off Route 15 near Lucketts. Check Fabbioli's Facebook page for more information.

The entry-level of Fabbioli's new, three-level tasting room. Facebook/Fabbioli Cellars


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