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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,

VA Vineyards Association Names Bill Freitag “Grower of the Year”

On January 29th, Bill Freitag was named “Grower of the Year” at the annual technical meeting of the Virginia Vineyards Association. Freitag is chairman of the association’s Sustainability Workbook Committee, and has overseen the development of the Virginia Sustainable Winegrowers Self-Assessment Guide, a tool that helps individual growers transition toward “green” products and sustainable land stewardship. Mr. Freitag also serves the VVA as a grower representative on the Virginia Wine Council.

Fiore Winery Releases 2016 Commemorative Ripken Family Wine Collection

Just in time for the 2016 opening season, Fiore Winery of Harford County, Maryland has released its 2016 limited production of the Ripken Family Wine Collection. The wines are made from a limited supply of Harford County estate-grown grapes and the collection includes chambourcin (#8), chardonnay (#7) and a sangiovese/merlot blend (#3) in a commemorative box. The back of the box features first edition artwork celebrating the historical convergence of winemaking and baseball in Harford County, Maryland.

Winter Reds and Port-style Wines from Virginia

expect many of you are cruising the Web today since Winter Storm Jonas has immobilized the Mid-Atlantic, and I expect most of you are either drinking a glass of robust red wine or port, or planning on doing same sometime soon. Accordingly, I’d like to help you in that endeavor with this blog post on Virginia wines I recommend for deep winter hunkering down.