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Virginia Wineries: Best in Class, and Double Gold, in SF Competition

Virginia winery Barboursville Vineyards

Barboursville Winery's Cab Franc Reserve 2008 took BEST IN CLASS, defeating 96 other cabernet francs. Photo courtesy Barboursville Vineyards.

Barboursville Vineyards and Barrel Oak Winery of Virginia scored high kudos from the distinguished panel of judges at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Barboursville was named Best In Class for Cabernet Franc, and Barrel Oak received Double Gold for their Chardonnay!

Virginia wineries Barren Ridge, Doukenie, Gray Ghost, Keswick, Philip Carter, and Rappahannock Cellars also medalled. Congrats to all!

According to their website, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was founded in 1983 as the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition, and has evolved over the years, broadening its base to a greater number of wine regions. In 2000, the title sponsorship turned over to the San Francisco Chronicle and so it has been known ever since. In 2006, over 900 United States wineries entered a record breaking 3,318 wine entries, wiht as many as 3,800 wines entered in 2007 to 4,913 entries from all across the country in 2010.

Here’s the full list of winning Virginia wines:

Barboursville Vineyards 2008 Cab Franc Reserve: Best in Class Cabernet Franc
Barboursville Vineyards 2010 Viognier Reserve: Silver Viognier – $20.00 & Over
Barboursville Vineyards 2007 Octagon: Silver Bordeaux Blends – $40.00 to $49.99

Barrel Oak Winery 2009 Cab Franc: Bronze Cabernet Franc
Barrel Oak Winery 2009 Petit Verdot: Bronze Petit Verdot
Barrel Oak Winery 2010 Chardonnay Reserve: Double Gold Chardonnay – $25.00 to $29.99
Barrel Oak Winery 2010 Chardonnay: Silver Chardonnay – $25.00 to $29.99
Barrel Oak Winery 2010 Viognier: Silver Viognier – $20.00 & Over

Barren Ridge Vineyards 2008 Meritage: Bronze Bordeaux Blends – $30.00 to $39.99
Barren Ridge Vineyards 2009 Tinkling Spring: Silver All Other White Varietals and Blends

Doukenie Winery 2009 Vintners Reserve: Bronze Bordeaux Blends – $30.00 to $39.99
Doukenie Winery 2009 Cab Franc: Silver Cabernet Franc
Doukenie Winery 2010 Chardonnay: Silver Chardonnay – $25.00 to $29.99
Doukenie Winery 2009 Merlot: Silver Merlot – $30.00 to $39.99

Gray Ghost Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay Reserve: Bronze Chardonnay – $25.00 to $29.99
Gray Ghost Vineyards 2010 Late Harvest Adieu: Silver White Dessert RS > 4.0

Virginia winery Keswick Vineyards medal winners

Keswick Vineyard's Virginia wines are medal-winners at SF Chronicle competition. Photo by Cindy Schornberg.

Keswick Vineyards 2010 Merlot: Silver Merlot – $25.00 to $29.99
Keswick Vineyards 2009 Cab Sauv Estate Reserve: Silver Cabernet Sauvignon – $20.00 to $24.99

Philip Carter Winery 2010 Cab Franc: Bronze Cabernet Franc
Philip Carter Winery 2010 Chardonnay Bronze: Chardonnay – $20.00 to $24.99

Rappahannock Cellars 2010 Viognier: Bronze Viognier – $20.00 & Over
Rappahannock Cellars 2009 Cab Franc: Silver Cabernet Franc