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State Fair names wine competition medal winners


(DOSWELL, June 27, 2018)—Nineteen Virginia wines representing 10 wineries garnered gold medals, and 19 wines representing nine wineries won silver medals June 11 in the 25th State Fair of Virginia Commercial Wine Competition.

Entries from from Ingleside Vineyards in Westmoreland County, Maggie Malick Wine Caves in Loudoun County and Pearmund Cellars in Fauquier County captured the most gold medals with three each.

The competition drew nearly 110 entries from 27 Virginia wineries and meaderies statewide. A panel of wine retailers, writers, collectors, restaurateurs and other industry professionals sampled and critiqued entries at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. There were two medal categories, along with three wine label categories.

The State Fair wine competition promotes and showcases a vibrant and important element of Virginia agriculture and benefits the fair’s scholarship program.

Wines were judged per national industry standards. Judges awarded gold and silver medals and label awards. The Best in Show wines will be announced Sept. 27 at the fair’s benefit gala, Black Tie & Boots.

Virginia is ranked fifth nationwide for number of wineries and for wine grape production and is home to more than 250 wineries. The Virginia wine industry employs more than 8,200 full-time workers and contributes almost $1.4 billion to the state’s economy, according to a 2015 economic impact study.

The 2018 medal winners are:

Gold Medal

Chateau MerrillAnne LLC – Petit Verdot 2015

Effingham Manor Winery – Kings Ransom 2016

Generals Ridge Vineyard – General’s Reserve 2016

Horton Vineyards – Albarino 2017

Horton Vineyards – Petit Manseng 2016

Ingleside Vineyards – Albarino 2017

Ingleside Vineyards – Petit Verdot 2015

Ingleside Vineyards – Pinot Grigio 2017

James River Cellars – Monitor vs CSS Virginia 2014

Maggie Malick Wine Caves – Albarino 2017

Maggie Malick Wine Caves – Petit Verdot 2015

Maggie Malick Wine Caves – Viognier 2017

Pearmund Cellars – Cabernet Franc 2016

Pearmund Cellars – Petit Manseng 2017

Pearmund Cellars – Petit Verdot 2016

Vint Hill Craft Winery – Double Barrel Reserve 2016

Vint Hill Craft Winery – Petit Verdot 2016

Willowcroft Farm Vineyards – Assemblage Select 2015

Willowcraft Farm Vineyards – Petit Verdot 2016

Silver Medal

Barboursville Vineyards – Cabernet Franc Reserve 2016
Barboursville Vineyards – Allegrante 2017
Casanel Vineyards – Carmenere 2016

Casanel Vineyards – Petit Verdot 2016

Generals Ridge Vineyard – Petit Manseng 2015

Generals Ridge Vineyard – Petit Verdot 2014

Horton Vineyards – Nebbiolo 2014

Ingleside Vineyards – Cabernet Franc 2015

Ingleside Vineyards – Viognier 2017

Maggie Malick Wine Caves – Fortissimo 2015

Maggie Malick Wine Caves – Rose Wine 2017

Maggie Malick Wine Caves – Tannat 2015
Mountain Run Winery – Meritage 2015

Mountain Run Winery – Chardonnay 2016

Mountain Run Winery – Merlot 2015

Mountain Run Winery – Viognier 2017

Philip Carter Winery – Cleve 2015
Philip Carter Winery – Nomini Hall 2016
Vint Hill Craft Winery – Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Best Rosé

Barboursville Vineyards – Allegrante 2017

Maggie Malick Wine Caves – Rose Wine 2017

Best Fruit Wine

Castle Gruen Vineyards & Winery LLC – Love Sweet Love Peach

Best Mead

Blacksnake Meadery – Sweet Virginia

Blue ribbon winners in the 2018 State Fair of Virginia Wine Label Competition are:

Best Single Bottle Design

Philip Carter Winery, 1762 2014

Most Elegant Label

Philip Carter Winery, Nomini Hall 2016

Most Creative Label

Honah Lee Vineyard, Vidal Blanc 2017

Best Typography in a Vineyard Series

WhiteBarrel Winery

Best Overall Vineyard Series

Effingham Manor Winery

Best in Show

Ingleside Vineyards, The Chesapeake Series

Best in Show Runner Up

Philip Carter Winery, 1762 2014

The 2018 State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 28 through Oct. 7. Information is available at StateFairVa.org.

The State Fair is held each fall at its permanent home at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The fair’s mission is to increase agricultural and natural resource awareness and interest through educational programs, exhibitions and competitions in a fun, family-friendly setting.

Media: Contact Greg Hicks, vice president of communications, at 804-290-1139.

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