Loudoun winery included in Oscars 'swag bag'

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Leo, J-Law and Sly will soon be sipping on a smooth Virginia wine from Greenhill Vineyards.

A spokeswoman for the Middleburg winery announced today their popular Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine, composed of 100 percent Virginia chardonnay, will be included in the "Everyone Wins" gift bag given to this year's leading nominees at the Feb. 28 Academy Awards.

The "Everyone Wins" swag bags, valued north of $200,000 per bag, are presented by Distinctive Assets to nominees in five Oscar categories - Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director.

Distinctive Assets assembled a blend of luxuries including travel vouchers, beauty treatments, gourmet food and a certain R-rated item, as well.

Among the nominees who will receive this year's gift bag are Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Mark Ruffalo, Sylvester Stallone, Christian Bale and Rachel McAdams.

Greenhill Marketing and Sales Director Rebekah Pizana briefed the Times-Mirror on how the opportunity presented itself.

"We were featured in Dujour Magazine out of L.A. last year, via a plug from Visit Loudoun, and the PR company that does the Oscar swag bags read it and called us up to select our wine, the only winery featured in the bag," Pizana said.

Greenhill's Blanc de Blancs is vinted by Burgundy, France-born Sébastien Marquet, a well-established Virginia winemaker.

"Loudoun is a premier East Coast wine destination and the selection of our wine is a testament to the quality of wine being produced in Virginia," winery owner David Greenhill said in a prepared statement. "Wine has a passion to it, an intimacy and romance to it that you just don't get anywhere else. Sébastien stays true to tradition, to the land and the grape."

The lively, small-bubble Greenhill Blanc de Blancs was awarded silver at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Visit Loudoun officials reveled in a victory lap following the announcement.

"We are proud to have worked with partner Greenhill Winery and Vineyards in landing such a prestigious placement," Visit Loudoun Vice President of Marketing Jackie Saunders told the Times-Mirror. "The story of how this Loudoun wine made its way into the exclusive gift bags at the Academy Awards is a testament to Visit Loudoun's PR efforts to raise the awareness of Loudoun's wine product to the level of national recognition."

As for the other items in the stars' bags, including those of the R-rated variety, we'll send you over to the New York Daily News ...

Contact Times-Mirror Wine Columnist Trevor Baratko at tbaratko@VirginiaNewsGroup.com or on Twitter at @TrevorBaratko.

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