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Consultant Payette Receives Award

Rapidan-based winemaking consultant Tom Payette is the 2011 distinguished American wine industry recipient of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association Perpetual Wine Grape Productivity Tray. This is an annual award made to an individual or organization that has made a major contribution to the sustainable growth and economic viability of the American wine industry. The award was presented on July 22 at the Regency at Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia.

According to a press release, previous recipients of this prestigious honor have included United States Senator John W. Warner, Bruce Zoecklein, the organization Women for WineSense and television personality Willard Scott.

In addition to his consulting practice, Tom Payette is the Wine Tech columnist for Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine.  He was the consulting winemaker for this year’s Governor’s Cup winner from Fox Meadow Winery. Tom can be contacted at 540-672-0387.