State Fair Wine

Judges blind tasted wines for the annual State Fair of Virginia Wine Competition.

It was another good year for Maggie Malick's Wine Caves at the State Fair of Virginia Wine Competition.

The western Loudoun winery came away with three gold medals in this year's contest, tying Ingleside Vineyards for the most golds.

Maggie Malick Wine Caves earned the high marks for its 2016 Fortissimo red blend, its 2016 Tempranillo and its 2016 Tannat.

“Our Petit Verdot and Tannat have traditionally done very well for us, so I’m not surprised there,” Winemaker Maggie Malick told the Times-Mirror. “And Fortissimo is a blend of those two. But the Tempranillo is one of our newer grapes – 2016 was the first vintage. So I’m very excited to see that it showed so well. And as the vines gain more maturity the flavors should develop more depth and complexity. So the Tempranillo definitely has great potential.”

Maggie Malick's also scored high marks in last year's State Fair competition.

One hundred twenty-nine wines from 27 Virginia vineyards entered the competition. All submissions had to be a certified Virginia wine. Judged on a 100-point scale, the top half of the top third entrants earned gold medals, with the lower half of the top third scorers taking silver. Wines were judged by a panel of wine professionals, writers and restaurateurs in June, with the results released in July.

Mark and Maggie Malick

Maggie and Mark Malick, owners of Maggie Malick's Wine Caves near Loudoun Heights. 

Breaux Vineyards, just a few miles down the road from Maggie Malick's in the Hillsboro area, earned silver for its 2017 Madeleine's Chardonnay and 2018 Sauvignon Blanc.

Casanel Vineyards, located just outside Leesburg, took home best sparkling wine for its new White Spark, a 100 percent estate chardonnay produced in the methode champenoise.

George Davis, one of the competition's founders and a veteran of Virginia wine world, was especially impressed with the white wines in this year's contest.

Whites were as good as the reds this year, in my opinion,” Davis said, adding that the scores reflected it.

Here's the full list of gold and silver medal honorees, along with specialty class winners.

Gold Medal

-Barboursville Vineyards - Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2017

-Blacksnake Meadery - Meloluna

-Chateau MerrillAnne - Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

-Cunningham Creek Winery - Rivanna Red 2016

-Cunningham Creek Winery - Viognier 2017

-Eden Try Estate Winery - Adam's Rib 2007

-Effingham Manor Winery - Rosé 2018

-Generals Ridge Vineyard - Viognier 2016

-Ingleside Vineyards - Albariño 2018

-Ingleside Vineyards - Sangiovese 2016

-Ingleside Vineyards - Viognier 2018

-Maggie Malick Wine Caves - Fortissimo 2016

-Maggie Malick Wine Caves - Tempranillo 2016

-Maggie Malick Wine Caves - Tannat 2016

-Mountain Run Winery - Simply Chardonnay 2017

-Mountain Run Winery - Chardonnay 2016

-MountainRose Vineyards - Riesling 2016

-Pearmund Cellars - Ameritage Reserve 2016

-The Winery at Bull Run - Reconciliation 2017

-The Winery at Bull Run - Petit Verdot 2017

-Vint Hill Craft Winery - Enigma 2017

-Vint Hill Craft Winery - Traminette Trixie 2018

Silver Medal

-Barboursville Vineyards - Octagon 2015

-Barboursville Vineyards - Allegrante 2018

-Breaux Vineyards, Ltd. - Madeleine's Chardonnay 2017

-Breaux Vineyards, Ltd. - Sauvignon Blanc 2018

-Chateau MerrillAnne LLC - Governor Spotswood 2016

-Chateau MerrillAnne LLC - Viognier 2017

-Effingham Manor Winery - King's Ransom 2017

-Generals Ridge Vineyard - Petit Manseng 2016

-Generals Ridge Vineyard - GRV Rosé NV

-Gray Ghost Vineyards - Riesling 2018

-Horton Vineyards - Mourvedre 2016

-Ingleside Vineyards - Right Bank 2015

-Ingleside Vineyards - Cabernet Franc 2015

-Ingleside Vineyards - Chardonnay Reserve 2017

-Maggie Malick Wine Caves - Kaleidoscope 2016

-Maggie Malick Wine Caves - Petit Manseng 2018

-MountainRose Vineyards - Splashdam 2016

-Revalation Vineyards - Village 2017

-Revalation Vineyards - Petit Manseng 2017

-The Winery at Bull Run - Sweet Victory 2017

-Vint Hill Craft Winery - Cabernet Sauvignon Bombshell 2017

Best Traditional Fruit Wine

-Mountain Cove Vineyards - Virginia's Harvest Apple NV

Best Cider

-Mountain Run Winery - Hard Cider 2018

Best Rosé

-Effingham Manor Winery - Rosé 2018

Best Dessert Wine

-The Winery at Bull Run - Sweet Victory 2017

Best Mead

-Blacksnake Meadery - Meloluna

Best Sparkling Wine

-Casanel Vineyards - White Spark 2015


Note: Times-Mirror Editor Trevor Baratko, who has covered the Virginia wine industry since 2012, was among the judges of this year's State Fair of Virginia Wine Competition.

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