Fifth Eastern Winery Exposition Happens in Lancaster, PA March 8-10

The fifth annual Eastern Winery Exposition will take place at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA Tuesday March 8 – Thursday March 10. With 180 exhibitors and 250 exhibit booths, it is the largest wine and grape production trade show east of the Rockies. (disclosure: the writer is a staff member of the Exposition, but the claims made here are accurate).

Visits to Wineries in Delaplane, Opal and Woodstock in Feb. 2016

Just prior to the big Governor’s Cup and Case announcements, I was on the Virginia wine trail, doing a book signing at Barrel Oak Vineyards, visiting the new and nearby Blue Valley Vineyards, and on the way back to Charlottesville, stopping at Granite Heights Winery which won three gold medals in the Governor’s Cup Competition.

Keswick Vineyards Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve 2014 Wins 2016 Virginia Governor’s Cup

On Feb. 22nd at the Marshall Ballroom in Richmond, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the winner of the 2016 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition: Keswick Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2014 Estate Reserve. In accepting the Cup from the Governor, Keswick Vineyards’ owner Al Shornberg explained that he and his wife Cindy searched all over for a place to realize their dream of making great red wine, but that they both agreed on Virginia; “And when both people in a marriage agree so much on something, it’s probably a good idea.” He also thanked his winemaker and son-in-law Stephen Barnard, and thanked the Virginia wine industry for being such a supportive, collaborative group of people.

Gold Medal Winners Announced in the 2016 VA Wine Governor’s Cup

The Virginia Wine Governor’s Cup competition took place Jan. 31-Feb. 2nd at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, under the direction of Jay Youmans, MW. The Virginia Wineries Association has released the identities of the 38 Virginia wines which won gold medals in the competition which had over 430 entries.As ususal, red wines dominated the gold medals,