Cheers to Rappahannock vineyards!

The 2010 Virgina Governor’s Cup Competition placed wines from Rappahannock high in the tasting of over 200 entires from 61 wineries.

Gadino Cellars was awared a Gold medal in the Varietal category for its 2007 Petit Verdot.

The new winery near Amissville, Narmada, scored two Bronze medals, also in the Varietal category, for its two 2008 Chambourcins called Midnight and Reflection.

The annual competition was held late last month at Lansdowne Resort in Loudoun County. Judges included noted journalists and wine aficionados from around the country. The coveted Governor’s Cup itself will be awarded to one of the Gold medal recipients at the Virginia Wine Expo’s Governor’s Cup Grand Tasting on February 26 in Richmond.

Meanwhile, Gray Ghost Winery began the 2010 competition season winning Silver with its 2008 Reserve Chardonnay at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Gray Ghost won for the fifth consecutive year in a competition dominated by California wine entries.

Founded in 1983, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world. An elite panel of 63 judges representing trade, education, media, retail and restaurants judged a world-record breaking 4,913 wine entries, a number that maintains the competition’s status as the largest competition of American wines in the world.

During the month of February, Sharp Rock Vineyards will donate 5 percent of the cost of each bottle of wine sold to the relief effort in Haiti. Sharp Rock is located south of Sperryville near Old Rag and, perhap unusual for vineyards, offers overnight accommodations in its two historic cottages. There wll be a Spring Fling Festival at Sharp Rock on May 22.

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