Congratulations to the Virginia Wineries Association 2016 Governor's Cup Winners

 

Photo: Sonny Bowyer, The Bowyer Studio


Vol XI, Issue No. 3
March 1, 2016

 

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 Wine Lover Friends, PublisherLetter

February 22, 2016 was an exciting day for Virginia wineries and winemakers.  At a gala event in Richmond's John Marshall Hotel, Keswick Vineyards was presented the 2016 Governor's Cup for their 2014 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve.  Eleven additional wineries were selected for the Governor's Cup Case, the state's top ranking red and white wines.
 
The Virginia Wineries Association also honored three of its own for special awards including the Wine Person of the Year, President's Appreciation and the Gordon Murchie Lifetime Achievement.  Read about the award winners in "Vino News".
 
Spring will soon be here and that signals the reopening of winery tasting rooms and wine events moving into high gear.  Check out "March Events" as you plan  your weekend getaways.  And, be sure to order a glass of Virginia wine when you're dining out.
  
Cheers!  
Frank Britt
 
Frank C. Britt
Publisher 
Official Virginia Wine Lover  
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
IN THIS ISSUE

 


Recipe of the Month
Chili Contest Winner

Recipe of the Month
Sticky Toffee Pudding

 

Vino News
 
 

 

 


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KESWICK VINEYARDS' 2014 CABERNET FRANC ESTATE RESERVE AWARDED 2016 GOVERNOR'S CUP Governors
 
 
Governor Terry McAuliff awarded the 2016 Virginia Wineries Association's (VWA) Governor's Cup to Keswick Vineyards for its 2014 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve, a pure Cabernet Franc varietal.  This award marks the second Governor's Cup for Keswick, which received the first in 2009 for its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.  The Governor's Cup was awarded Monday evening, February 22 at the Hotel John Marshall in Richmond.
 
Keswick Vineyards Winemaker Stephen Barnard and owners, Al and Cindy Schornberg, accepted the award.  In making the presentation, the Governor said, "Their work at Keswick Vineyards embodies those characteristics that are imperative for Virginia farmers and winemakers: an entrepreneurial spirit, a drive to excel, a healthy tolerance for risk and a desire to see what Virginia's land and terroir can do."

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BBQ BACON CHILI Chili
 
 
Amanda Craft of Lynchburg submitted the winning Recipe in the Great Wine Lover Chili Contest.  Her BBQ Bacon Chili is simple, but so yummy.
 

 

 

It was difficult to pick a winner from all the entries. The Runner-Up Recipes included:

 
Anastasia's Chili
Chili Del Feugo
Hot & Sweet Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Mom's Chili "Up A Notch"
Sherry's Favorite Chili
 
Whitebarrel Winery Chili
 

  
 

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING
WITH FROSTY DOG CARAMEL SAUCE Recipe
Recipe courtesy of Chateau Morrisette, Floyd, Virginia


This recipe from Chateau Morrisette was so popular, we are bringing it back this month by popular demand.

 

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VIRGINIA WINERY ASSOCIATION HONORSVino
 
Virginia Winery Association (VWA) presented three special awards in addition to the Governor's Cup:
 
PRESIDENT'S APPRECIATION AWARD
Mitzi Batterson of James River Cellars was presented with the first ever, President's Appreciation Award for her years of dedicated service to the VWA. Mitzi served as VWA President for four years and currently serves as VWA Treasurer. 
 
 
 
Future
CHECK FUTURE FESTIVALS EACH MONTH
FOR ADDITIONAL 2016 FESTIVALS AND THE OPPORTUNITY
TO PURCHASE TICKETS AT EARLY BIRD SAVINGS.
 
To Select Festival and Follow Link to Purchase Tickets
 Events
March 5: Murder in the Vineyards!
DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)
Dinner catered by Madison Inn and show by Clever by Half Productions.  See if you can sleuth your way to solving who donit.  Limited seating; reservations required.
www.ducardvineyards.com
 
March 5: Art Opening
Narmada Winery (Amissville)
Tomas J. Fernandez painter and sculptor, will exhibit "Mystic of the Vine" a three panel mixed media painting.  Meet the artist in person.
www.narmadawinery.com
 
March 5: Wine Dinner
North Gate Vineyards (Purcellville)
Celebrate the 5th anniversary with owners Mark and Vicki Fedor with 4-course wine dinner by Sebastian Oveysi of Amoo's Restaurant in McLean.  Reservations.
 
March 5: Merlot Vertical Tasting
Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)
Six wines to discuss and enjoy with a paired 3-course meal.  Hosted by the winemaker, each session is 90 minutes.  Reservation only event.
 
March 6: French Crepe Day
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery (Faber)
Selection of delicious savory and sweet crepes.  Pair with wine by the glass or bottle.  Let them know you are coming (434-263-06100).
www.delfossewine.com
 
March 6 & 13: Sunday Afternoon at the Winery
Glass House Winery (Free Union)
Sunday afternoon series of wine tasting, music and wine truck.  No cover and open to the public.
www.glasshousewinery.com
 
March 12: Sip N Dip!
Desert Rose Ranch & Winery (Hume)
Paint your own wine glass while sipping wine in this 2-hour fun-filled instructed class. 
Space is limited so sign up today.
www.desertrosewinery.com
 
March 12: Blarney Wine Whiskey Beer Crawl
Little Washington Winery (Washington VA)
Green wine, a pot of gold, mead and other blarney including tastings from a winery, a distillery and brewery within two miles.  Be sure to wear green!
 
March 12: Vertical Tasting
Granite Heights Winery (Warrenton)
Tasting of five vintages of the popular red blend, Lomax Reserve accompanied by light fare.  Seating is limited so make your reservation for 2:30 or 4:00.
www.graniteheightswinery.com
 
March 12: Annual Barrel Tasting
Gray Ghost Vineyards and Winery (Amissville)
Taste developing wines and experience blending.  Only opportunity to reserve futures of 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Light hors d'oeuvres and logo glass. 
  


VIRGINIA WINE EXPOWeWereThere
February 17-21, 2015 | Richmond, Virginia

The Virginia Wine Expo is now firmly established as the premier event in the Mid-Atlantic region.  We joined wine lovers and foodies who converged by the droves for the opportunity to learn about, taste and purchase Virginia wines, to meet the winemakers and mingle with friends.
 


 
About Events: As our information comes from many sources, we recommend you verify dates and times, as well as costs and reservations that may be required. (We are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information.)
 
If you would like to submit an event, send details (what, where and when, as well as contact information) to info@vawinelover.com no later than the 10th of the month prior to the event.
 

 

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