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Breaking News: Glen Manor is Gov Cup Winner

Virginia winery Glen Manor wins Governor's Cup

Gov. Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell, the Virginia Wineries Assoc. 2012 Wine Person of the Year, raise their glasses to Jeff White, whose Glen Manor Vineyards 2009 Hodder Hill Meritage was awarded the 2012 Governor's Cup.

In Richmond last week, Glen Manor Vineyards was awarded the Commonwealth’s highest wine award, the Virginia Governor’s Cup.   Glen Manor Hodder Hill 2009, a meritage blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 6% Cab Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot, is full-bodied and spicy, loaded with plum and dark berry fruit, and nicely touched with a creamy vanilla note.

We’ll have a feature story up shortly, detailing the rigorous new rules for the competition, and with additional tasting notes on the twelve gold medal winners. Here’s the list for those of you who need to know:

Bluestone Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Delfosse Vineyards & Winery 2007 Meritage Blend
Jefferson Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc
Keswick Vineyards 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Keswick Vineyards 2010 Merlot
King Family Vineyards 2008 Meritage Blend
Potomac Point Winery 2009 Heritage Reserve Meritage Blend
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2009 Cabernet Franc
Tarara Winery 2010 Honah Lee White Vinifera Blend
Trump Winery 2008 Kluge SP Blanc de Blanc Sparkling
Veritas 2010 Vintner’s Reserve Meritage Blend
White Hall Vineyards 2010 Gewurztramimer

Virginia wine superstars Heidig and McDonnell

Ann Heidig received the Gordon Murchie Lifetime Achievement Award and First Lady Maureen McDonnell was named Wine Person of the Year by the VWA in Richmond on Feb. 23.

During the awards portion of the ceremony, First Lady Maureen McDonnell was named the Virginia Wineries Association “Wine Person of the Year;” and outgoing VWA president Ann Heidig was honored with the Gordon Murchie Lifetime Achievement Award.