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Virginia Takes Home 24 Awards at the San Francisco Wine Competition

Annette Boyd - The Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Jan 14, 2010

San Francisco, CA – Proclaimed as the “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World,” last week the 2010 San Francisco Wine Competition awarded Virginia wineries with 24 awards. With over 63 professional judges on hand, the week-long competition presented Virginia with medals ranging from Gold, Silver to Bronze. Virginia excelled in the Cabernet Franc category where six wineries took home top awards. Another strong category for Virginia was Viognier, bringing home four medals....

Virginia Cider Makers Featured at Blair House Holiday Event

Diane Flynt - Foggy Ridge Cider Dec 17, 2009

Washington, D.C.—A special holiday showcase at Blair House, the nation’s official guesthouse, featured hard cider from Foggy Ridge Cider and Albemarle Ciderworks, two Virginia farm wineries. The Magazine Publishers of America and the US State Department hosted the December 7 gathering, which celebrated American artisan foods and beverages and featured historic rooms decorated by America’s top magazines.

Benchmark Hospitality International Chefs to be Featured at The James Beard House, New York

Ken Ellens - Ken Ellens Communications Dec 14, 2009

New York, October 2009 … For the fifth consecutive year, Benchmark Hospitality International chefs from the company’s fine dining restaurants, luxury hotels and resorts have been invited by the prestigious James Beard Foundation to cook at the storied James Beard House in New York City. What has become an annual tradition for Benchmark chefs was begun five years ago by Bob Zappatelli, who was Benchmark’s revered Vice President Food & Beverage. Mr. Zappatelli passed away last May 31st. Mary Watson, Benchmark Hospitality’s Chief Wine Officer, has paired each course with fine wines. Included is her Signature Blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Tannat -- “Mary’s Cuvée” -- created by Ms. Watson and produced by Virginia’s award-winning Corcoran Vineyards.

Patsy's Restaurant Celebrates the Release of 2007 Adagio Launch

Courtney Darden - The Williamsburg Winery Dec 12, 2009

NEW YORK: Matthew Meyer, Master Winemaker at the Williamsburg Winery will partner with Executive Chef Sal Scognomillo, of the legendary Patsy’s Restaurant on the evening of Tuesday, January 19th to launch Matthew’s 2007 Adagio wine...

The Virginia Wine Board Welcomes Diane Flynt

Annette Boyd - The Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Dec 08, 2009

On December 2, 2009 the Virginia Wine Board welcomed Diane Flynt as its newest member. Diane is the owner and operator of Foggy Ridge Cider in Dugspur, Virginia. Appointed by Governor Timothy M. Kaine, Diane was formally sworn in for her duties in late November in preparation for the upcoming meeting. Virginia cideries come under Farm winery statute because they contain 18 percent or less of alcohol by volume.

9th Annual Norton Wine & Bluegrass Festival Oct. 3rd & 4th

Hump Astorga - Chrysalis Vineyards Sep 13, 2009

Visit Chrysalis Vineyards (Middleburg, VA) in the midst of harvest and experience their hottest festival of the year...

Leadership Changes for the Virginia Wine Board

Annette Boyd - Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Sep 02, 2009

Richmond, VA – On Thursday, August 20, 2009, at the Virginia Wine Board's quarterly meeting, John H. “Rock” Stephens of The Vineyard at Point Breeze, located on Virginia's Eastern Shore, was elected Chairman of the Virginia Wine Board. Jennifer “Jenni” McCloud of Chrysalis Vineyards, located in Middleburg Virginia was elected Vice Chairman, and Marcie Siegel of Sweely Estate Winery in Madison Virginia, joined the Board after being appointed by Governor Timothy M. Kaine on July 20, 2009. Other existing board members include: Dean Triplett of Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, Luca Paschina of Barboursville Vineyards, Mills Wehner of Chatham Vineyards, Patrick G. Duffeler Sr. of Williamsburg Winery, and Ruth Saunders of Silver Creek Orchards.


Jeong Ku Hwang - The Tides Inn Jun 02, 2009

Weekends in October will once again bring together friends and fine wine in Virginia's Northern Neck. IRVINGTON, VA (June 3, 2009) - The Women Wild About Wine Weekends at the Tides Inn returns in time for October's wine harvest and Virginia's wildly popular wine month. Virginia celebrates its 21st Virginia Wine Month with festivals, tours, concerts and more from the state's 140 wineries. October has become an eagerly awaited annual highlight as Virginia's wine production ranks fifth in the U.S...

Grower of the Year Award

- Virginia Vineyards Association May 06, 2009

The Virginia Vineyards Association Grape Grower of the Year award was presented to Mr. Doug Flemer of Ingleside Vineyards.

VA Wineries Extend Their Horizons at The London International Wine Fair

- New Horizon Wines Apr 30, 2009

A group of VA wineries showcase some of the best wines from VA in London


- Tarara Winery Mar 24, 2009

A Celebration Of Virginia Viognier Metro DCs Finest Restaurants

Gray Ghost Winery swept the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition for the fourth consecutive year

- Gray Ghost Mar 08, 2009

Gray Ghost Winery swept the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition for the fourth consecutive year, beginning the 2009 competi

2009 Industry Honors

- Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Feb 26, 2009

2009 SunTrust Governors Cup Tasting Honors Virginias Prestigious Industry Leaders

2009 Virginia Governor’s Cup Awards

- Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Feb 26, 2009

Keswick Vineyards Wins the 2009 Virginia Governors Cup Award

2008 Passport to Virginia Wineries

- Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Jan 15, 2009

2008 Passport to Virginia Wineries Winners Selected

Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard wins gold medal at the Effervescents du Monde sparkling wine competition in France

- Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard Dec 10, 2008

Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard was awarded a Gold Medal for the Kluge SP Ros 2004 and a Bronze Medal for the Kluge SP Blanc

Rappahannock Cellars wins medal

- Rappahannock Cellars Jun 29, 2008

Rappahannock Cellars 2006 Cabernet Franc was awarded a DOUBLE GOLD medal and named Best in it's Category Best of Varietal

Emily Pelton Wins Award

- Veritas Vineyard May 29, 2008

Emily Pelton Wins Judges Choice Award In 2007 national women'srwine competition

The Top Virginia Wines

- Jul 18, 2007

A list of the greatest Virginia wines

VWA Raises Its Glass To Juanita

- The Virginia Wineries Association Jun 10, 2007

The Virginia Wineries Association toasts the accomplishments of Mrs. Swedenburg

First Annual Virginia Wine Appreciation Celebration Honors Virginia's Prestigious Industry Leaders

- The Virginia Wineries Association Oct 30, 2006

The Virginia Wineries Association and the Virginia Wine Food Society announced the recipients of this year's industry awards a

Virginia to Uncork Wine Month in October

- Virginia Tourism Corporation Sep 19, 2006

Virginia is for Lovers, especially wine lovers. Wine in Virginia is bigger than ever, with more than 100 wineries across the sta

South Africa Interns Arrive in Virginia

- South African Wine Industry Trust Aug 27, 2006

This week ten interns from the South African wine industry arrived in the historical birthplace of U.S. wine making to begin an

Rappahannock Cellars Wins the 2006 Governor's Cup

- The Virginia Wineries Association Jun 30, 2006

From a field of over 250 entries in this year's Governor's Cup Wine Competition,rRappahannock Cellars received the distinguished

The Virginia Company and Virginia Traditions Merge

- The Virginia Company Jun 30, 2006

The Virginia Company and Virginia Traditions proudly announce a merger combining their internet and mailorder divisions.