King Family Vineyards’ 2014 Meritage joins 11 other Virginia wines to comprise the 2018 Governor’s Cup Case®
Virginia Wine Country
My family has roots in Virginia, so I have been interested to follow the evolution of the state's wine industry. Winegrowing here began as something of a hobbyist endeavor in the late 1970s; many vintners had little background in wine, and for some, it was not their main business. It has since grown into a thriving industry, with more than 250 wineries contributing around $1.37 billion annually to the state's economy, according to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Do friends call you “Marilyn Merlot”? Is #RoséAllDay your summertime motto? Then this wine guide is for you. We’d like to thank the first person who suggested drinking fermented grape juice, but that was ages ago. Instead, let’s honor their legacy with sommelier-inspired sojourns to the best wine regions in the United States.
How did a slew of wines from the state of Virginia on the Eastern seaboard of the United States score 90+ points (a handful even got 95+ points) during a recent tasting?
When it came to Virginia wines, it boiled down to three things: Surprise, both about the quality and the diversity of the offerings. Petit Manseng, anyone? An earnest pursuit to find and purchase the wines after the tasting. (Despite Virginia's proximity to Atlanta, Georgia -- where the tasting was held and where we all live -- the availability of Virginia wines here is very limited. This is due, my taster friend Jonathan was told in his research, to limited quantities and distributor bottlenecks.) Pride.
Thanks to an exciting new crop of small businesses, farms, and artisans popping up in Virginia Wine Country, the vineyards are no longer the only reason to visit this bucolic wine-lovers destination.
But what if we told you Virginia is wine country, and good wine country at that? You’d probably say, “No! Biddies. Bonnets. BUTTER.” That’s what we said too (in not so many words) when we learned we were going to Charlottesville, Virginia, for the Monticello Wine Trail. Virginia is all Southern charm to a couple of New Yorkers like us, but we were about to learn otherwise in four days, five wineries, and glass upon glass upon… Well, you know how this goes.
Two teams of high-powered wine guys were challenged to select Virginia wines to pair with three food selections at a breakout session of the always engaging and somewhat annual Virginia Wine Summit earlier this month at glamorous Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg.