2nd VA Wine Summit in Richmond 10/28

Sep 26

The second Virginia wine summit will take place on Monday, October 28th, 9am-6pm at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. Tickets are $349. More information is online at http://virginiawinesummit.com/

VA Wines Win Six Gold Medals at 33rd Annual SF Int. Wine Competition

Sep 16

(adapted from a press release from the VA Wine Marketing Office)                                                               Three Virginia wineries, Barboursville Vineyards, Trump Winery, and Narmada Winery, took home a total of six gold medals at the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Barboursville Vineyards received two gold medals (2010 Premium Bordeaux Blend and 2011 Cabernet Franc) and one bronze medal (2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve). Trump Winery received two gold medals (2012 Viognier and 2008 Blanc de Blanc Brut) and a silver medal (2008 Premium Bordeaux Blend). Narmada Winery received two gold medals (2011 Viognier and 2010 Chambourcin, Reflection).  In all, Virginia wines earned 43 medals: six gold, 14 silver and 23 bronze.

The San Francisco International Wine Competition is the largest and most respected international competition in the United States. Celebrating its 33rd year, the 2013 Competition was held at the distinguished Hotel Nikko in the heart of downtown San Francisco on June 14,15, and 16. 4539 wines were judged this year from 29 states and 30 countries by 52 of the wine industry’s best palates.

For a complete list of winners and further information about events, tours and tastings, please visit the Virginia Wine Marketing Office’s website at http://www.virginiawine.org/ or call 1‐804‐344‐8200.

TTB Classifies Use of Social Media by Wineries as “Advertising”

Sep 04

Wineries should be aware that TTB has just issued a ruling that classifies all communications by producers of alcoholic beverages in social media as “advertising”, subject to all the limitations and regulations they must submit to when using print or traditional media in advertising their products.
This very wide interpretation of the use of social media by wineries as advertising will have lots of implications. For more information, read the new guidelines at http://www.ttb.gov/industry_circulars/archives/2013/13-01.html

Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes Wine Adventures this Summer Now Posted

Sep 03

I have finally completed winery and tasting notes for my visit to the Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley in New York, found on the “Adventures on the Wine Road” page; follow this link

Boordy Vineyards in MD to Unveil New Production Facility 9/12

Sep 01

[from a press release from Boordy Vineyards, MD] On September 12, Boordy Vineyards, Maryland’s oldest winery, will celebrate the completion of a project that has been five years in the making, and is the largest undertaken in the winery’s 68-year history.  On September 12, beginning at 11 am, over 100 people are expected to gather at the Boordy winery in Baltimore County (12820 Long Green Pike) for the official ribbon cutting ceremony and program to unveil their new building and production facility.  The ceremony will include speeches from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and other local dignitaries as well as a grape crushing demonstration, building tours, light fare and Boordy wine tastings for attendees.

The 11,500 square foot building, located adjacent to Boordy’s iconic 19th century barns, will house thirty-two new stainless fermentation tanks that incorporate state-of-the-art technology for optimum wine quality as well as a new laboratory and temperature controlled room for bottled wine storage.  The exterior of the building will remain true to the farm’s unique architecture and includes a timber frame production porch and rustic stone walls.