Northern Virginia wines fare well with 21 medals
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 Bourdeaux 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 Borudeax 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. A total of seven Northern Virginia Wineries (Breaux, Crushed Cellars, Gray Ghost, Lost Creek, Narmada, Paradise Springs and Philip Carter took home a total of 21 medals)
“In the last year or two I have been extremely impressed with the huge advances in quality being made by Virginia wines. In my own tastings and at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, wines from Virginia have been consistently among the best. In blind tastings, as evidenced by the stellar showing of [newcomer] Narmada and [well-established] Barboursville, the best wines compare favorably with the best of California and other western regions,” said competition organizer and leading wine critic Anthony Dias Blue.
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.
The rapid growth of Virginia’s vibrant wine industry has made it one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the state. In 1979, there were only six wineries in Virginia. Today, there are over 380 vineyards that cultivate over 3,000 acres of grapes and over 200 wineries in Virginia. The state’s wine industry’s growth is escalating as fast as the state’s advancements in wine quality and reputation. 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.