Rap­pa­han­nock Cel­lars takes a Gov­er­nor’s Cup gold

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Rap­pa­han­nock Cel­lars’ 2010 Mer­itage was among the 12 gold medal­ists cho­sen from more than 400 en­tries in last week’s Gov­er­nor’s Cup com­pe­ti­tion spon­sored by the Vir­ginia Winer­ies As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Huntly win­ery was among five Rap­pa­han­nock County wine­mak­ers who came away from the pres­ti­gious an­nual com­pe­ti­tion with gold, sil­ver or bronze medals. Rap­pa­han­nock Cel­lars is also the only win­ery in the county that has won the top prize, the Gov­er­nor’s Cup it­self, in 2005. This year’s Gov­er­nor’s Cup went to Bar­boursville Vine­yards for its 2009 Octagon Mer­itage.

Sil­ver Gov­er­nor’s Cup medals went to Rap­pa­han­nock’s Gadino Cel­lars ( for its 2010 Petit Ver­dot and 2010 Neb­bi­olo); to Huntly Vine­yards (for its 2008, 2009 and 2010 Mer­itage); to Amissville’s Nar­mada Win­ery (for its 2009 Tan­nat and 2010 Re­serve Caber­net Franc) and to Rap­pa­han­nock Cel­lars (for its 2010 Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon and 2010 Re­serve Caber­net Franc). Amissville’s Gray Ghost Vine­yards took home three bronze medals; Nar­mada won two bronze medals.

The 2013 Vir­ginia Gov­er­nor’s Cup com­prised more than two weeks of blind tast­ings by in­de­pe­dent judges of the 400-plus wines en­tered by wine­mak­ers through­out Vir­ginia (and made with 100-per­cent Vir­gini­a­grown fruit) in what many ac­knowl­edge as one of the coun­try’s most strin­gent wine com­pe­ti­tions.

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