Courtesy, of the Virginia Wine Lover E-Newsletter. King Family Vineyards was awarded the 2010 Virginia Governor's Cup for their 2007 Meritage. Over 200 entries from 61 wineries entered the competition, which took place at Lansdowne Resort on January 23. This year the Virginia wine industry changed the Governor's Cup competition from previous years. Only red wines were tasted (medals listed here). A total of 126 medals were awarded including 15 Gold, 53 Silver, and 58 Bronze medals. The biggest surprise was the rise in medals awarded to Petit Verdot wines, which is starting to surpass Cabernet Franc as the dominant red grape in the commonwealth. A welcome change.
Pictured above: Gov. McDonnell awarding Matthieu Finot of King Family Vineyards the 2010 VA Governor's Cup. Photo courtesy of Karen Kabatalo.