Happy Virginia Wine Month!
Crush 2012 is now pretty much completed and most of the winemakers I have talked to were pretty happy with their harvest. While there were some minor weather issues on the whole it was an uneventful (no hurricanes) harvest.
Virginia Wine Club President Stewart Reynolds and I kicked off the month by attending the Governor’s Wine Summit in Richmond. In the Breakfast of Champions tasting (8 comparative tastings VA vs. the world) the hundreds of gathered experts chose Virginia Wine again and again over some very stiff, and tasty, competition.
The tasting revealed significant surprises for the Commonwealth wine industry. Keswick Vineyards’ 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon edged out the 2009 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon. Additionally, a strong showing was made by another Virginia vineyard when 2008 Barboursville Nebbiolo was preferred over 2008 Vietti Barolo..
Internationally acclaimed British wine authority Steven Spurrier was the keynote speaker. Spurrier, a consultant editor to Decanter and president of the Circle of Wine Writers. During his presentation, Spurrier praised Virginia’s wine industry and said that Virginia is now a solid competitor in the global wine industry
But the event got me thinking – we have more than doubled the number of wineries in the Commonwealth in the last ten years – why not have two Virginia Wine Months?
Will you help me make December Virginia Wine Month too?
Here’s how we’re going to do it -As you think about you holiday gift list, think Virginia Wine and of course the Virginia Wine Club. As a member, you know how much you enjoy receiving each month’s shipment. Your Tasting Panel tastes literally hundreds of wines each year to bring the best of Virginia wine to your doorstep each and every month.
Be a Great Santa – Send a gift of Virginia wine this year!
As always, thank you for including me on your Virginia wine journey.
Neil Williamson, Editor and Tasting Panel Chairman