Gray Ghost’s 2009 Vidal Blanc struck Double Gold and the Merlot Gold at the recent 23rd Annual Tasters Guild International Wine Competition in Grand Rapids, Mich.
At the same competition, Gadino Cellars’ estate Cabernet Franc was awarded a Gold Medal. The Washington winery’s 2008 Franc achieved a gold for the second consecutive vintage, its 2007 Cabernet Franc having won the same award.
Only 45 wines of 2,200 entries were designated “Double Gold” by the 30-member judging panel, meaning the Gray Ghost Vidal Blanc scored in the top two percent. (To receive double gold status, every judge had to rank the wine gold.)
The judging panels consisted of wine writers, retailers, winemakers, restaurateurs and experienced consumers. They evaluated wines from 10 countries and 32 states and provinces. The eight medals for Gray Ghost, at 14706 Lee Highway in Amissville, made it the most awarded Virginia winery in the competition.
Gadino’s other entry, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, was awarded a Bronze Medal. Both wines are available at the Gadino Cellars tasting room, at 92 School House Road, Washington.