February 22nd: Governor and Mrs. McDonnell last night announced the single gold medal-winning wine from the twelve best gold medal wines (the “Governor’s Case”) whose score was the highest in the 2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup, which was the Barboursville Vineyards’ Octagon 2009. Octagon is a meritage-style blend with 70% merlot in this vintage 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 wine is also labeled “edition twelve” of the proprietary blend.
In addition to Barboursville’s 2009 Octagon, the other 11 wines (along with varietal descriptions as appropriate) forming the Governor’s Cup Case include:
· Cooper Vineyards – 2010 Petit Verdot Reserve
· King Family Vineyards – 2010 Meritage
· Lovingston Winery – 2009 Josie’s Knoll Estate Reserve (Meritage)
· Philip Carter Winery – 2010 Cleve (Petite Verdot, Tannat)
· Pollak Vineyards – 2009 Cabernet Franc Reserve
· Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery – 2010 Richland Reserve Heritage (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Petit Verdot)
· Rappahannock Cellars – 2010 Meritage
· RdV Vineyards – 2010 Rendevous (Meritage)
· RdV Vineyards – 2010 Lost Mountain (Meritage)
· Sunset Hills Vineyard – 2010 Mosaic (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot)
· Trump Winery – 2008 Sparkling Rose (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir)
By winning this year’s Governor’s Cup, Barboursville becomes the first Virginia winery to win the award four times. Barboursville also won in 1992 (1988 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve), 1999 (1997 Cabernet Franc), and 2007 (1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve). The Governor’s Cup award announcement was made Thursday evening at the Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup Gala.
At least 10 cases of each wine included in the Governor’s Cup Case will be used by the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office for marketing purposes. A number of cases will be shipped to select wine media, promoting Virginia wines to a larger national and international audience. The award winning wines will be used for educational purposes at Virginia winemaker roundtable discussions to improve overall quality of Virginia wines. Governor’s Cup Case wines will also be used by Governor McDonnell on select domestic and international marketing missions and other events designed to promote Virginia wine and winery tourism.
Jay Youmans, competition director, is one of only of 30 Masters of Wine (MW) in the U.S. There were 45 judges in the preliminary round and 15 judges in the final round. A list of the judges along with their bios can be found at http://www.virginiawine.org/governors-cupThe Governor’s Cup award winner was selected from the 2013 Governor’s Cup Case, the top 12 scoring wines of the competition, which were selected from 377 entries of both red and white wines, from 93 wineries.
One of the most important aspects of the revised competition is the educational component of the judging. After the competition, regional forums for the winemakers will be held with the judging director. Notes with the judges’ blind comments will be shared with individual winemakers, so that they will get direct feedback on how their wines were received.
Barboursville Vineyards is located in the Monticello American Viticulture Area of Central Virginia, in and around the Charlottesville region. The historic Virginia winery is located on the estate of James Barbour, former Governor of Virginia, in Barboursville. The winery was founded in 1976 by Gianni Zonin, a prominent Italian winemaker whose family has roots in Italian viticulture going back to 1821. The Zonin Group is based in Vicenza, Italy. Barboursville is Zonin’s sole American venture.
The Virginia Wineries Association also gave awards to individuals who have helped the Virginia wine industry.
is Mary Beth Williams, an attorney, who specializes in regulatory compliance services for Virginia wineries.
- the Gordon Murchie Lifetime Achievement award:
is Lew Parker, proprietor of Willowcroft Vineyards. He has addressed legislative issues, such as direct shipping; and provided leadership on many levels, serving as a past president and treasurer of the Virginia Wineries Association, a member of the Virginia Winegrowers Advisory Board, and founding member of the Loudoun Wineries Association.
- Legislator of the Year award:
Del. Dave Albo served as the champion for the original land use bill. This session he is carrying a bill to address contract wine making, an issue which needs to be resolved to enable wineries to continue to grow and expand.
Sales of Virginia wine reached a record high in fiscal year 2012 with more than 485,000 cases, or more than 5.8 million bottles, sold. Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with 230. Virginia is also the nation’s fifth largest wine grape producer. According to a recently released economic impact study, the Virginia wine industry employs more than 4,700 and contributes almost $750 million to the Virginia economy on an annual basis.
For a complete list of previous Governor’s Cup winners and further information about the Virginia wine industry, events, tours and tastings, please visit the Virginia Wine Marketing Office http://www.virginiawine.org/ or call 804-344-8200.