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    Pop The Cork
    Celebrating VWL's Second Annual Best Of Readers' Choice Awards
    By Patrick Evans-Hylton

    As Virginia Wine Lover magazine approaches its fifth anniversary, it continues to grow and evolve with the lifestyle that it celebrates: the Virginia wine community.

    The number of statewide wineries continue to increase, as well as folk's appreciate for the vintages and the accouterments surrounding them, like quaint inns nestled in wine country, limo tours, shops that specialize in Virginia wine, and restaurants that include the offerings on their lists.

    Continuing with the popular Best Of awards we began two years ago, we again opened our forums to you, the true Virginia wine lover, to see what is on your mind and in your glass in our Best Of reader awards.

    An incredible 50,085 votes were cast in our poll, telling us your favorite vintages, favorite winemakers, even favorite wine dog. You've shared with us where you like to take a weekend getaway, and where you like to stay when you get there. It's been a great response for our second Best Of endeavor. Here are the results:

    OVERALL

    Wine - Overall
    1. Breaux Vineyards - Cabernet Franc Reserve 2007
    2. Sunset Hills Vineyard - Viognier 2011
    3. Pearmund Cellars - Ameritage 2007

    Tasting Room - Overall
    1. Sunset Hills
    2. The Winery at Bull Run
    3. Paradise Springs Winery

    Special Events at a Virginia Winery - Overall
    1. Barrel Oak Winery
    2. Breaux Vineyards
    3. Chateau Morrisette

    The Best Gourmet Shop in Virginia for food and wine - Overall
    1. Iron Bridge Wine Company, Warrenton - www.ironbridgewines.com
    2. Leesburg Vintner, Leesburg - www.leesburgvintner.biz
    3. The Wine Cabinet - www.TheWineCabinet.com

    The Best Wine Festival In Virginia - Overall
    1. Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour, Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens - www.MountVernon.org
    2 {tie}
    Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, Norfolk - www.FestEvents.org
    Virginia Wine Expo, Richmond - www.VirginiaWineExpo.com
    3. Vintage Virginia Wine Festival, Bull Run Park - www.VirginiaWineFest.com

    Winery View/Outdoor Space - Overall
    1. Bluemont Vineyards
    2. Aspen Dale Vineyards
    3. King Family Vineyards

    The Best Gourmet Shop in Virginia for accessories - Overall
    1. The Grapevine, Warrenton - www.GrapevineWine.com
    2. Opera House Gourmet, Manassas - www.OperaHouseGourmet.com
    3. Grape and Gourmet, Virginia Beach

    The Best Cheese Shop in Virginia - Overall
    1. Wegman's, multiple locations - www.Wegmans.com
    2. Feast!, Charlottesville - www.FeastVirginia.com
    3. Cheestique, multiple locations - www.Cheesetique.com

    Virginia Winery for Weddings - Overall
    1. Veritas Vineyard & Winery
    2. Sunset Hills Vineyards
    3. Molon Lave

    Winery Tour by a Virginia Winery - Overall
    1. Tarara Winery
    2. Philip Carter Winery
    3. Barrel Oak Winery

    Winery Food Offerings - Overall
    1. Aspen Dale Vineyards
    2. Pippin Hill Farm
    and Vineyards
    3. Barboursville Vineyards

    The Most Eco-Friendly/Green Winery - Overall
    1. Sunset Hills Vineyards
    2. Barrel Oak Winery
    3. Cooper Vineyards

    Winemaker - Overall
    1. David Pagan Castaño, Breaux Vineyards
    2. {tie}
    Michael Shapps, Michael Shapps Winery
    Gabriele Rausse, Gabriele Rausse Winery
    3. Luca Paschina, Barboursville

    Best Virginia Restaurant Wine List - Overall
    1. Iron Bridge Wine Company, Warrenton - www.IronBridgeWines.com
    2. Magnolia's at the Mill, Purcellville - www.MagnoliasMill.com
    3. The Inn at Meander Plantation - www.Meander.net

    The Most Romantic Winery - Overall
    1. Barboursville Vineyards
    2. Keswick Vineyards
    3. Bluemont Winery

    Wine Dog - Overall
    1. Birch, Barrel Oak Winery
    2. Lola, Athena Winery
    3. Cooper, Breaux Vineyards

    Winery - Overall
    1. Pearmund Cellars
    2. {tie}
    Barrel Oak Winery
    Sunset Hills Vineyards
    3. Naked Mountain Winery

    The Best Destination for a Wine-Themed Weekend (city and/or county) - Overall
    1. Leesburg, Loudoun County - www.VisitLoudoun.org
    2. Charlottesville, Albemarle County - www.VisitCharlottesville.org
    3. Middleburg, Loudoun County - www.VisitLoudoun.org

    The Best Wine Tours/Limousine Company - Overall
    1. Reston Limousine Service, Northern Virginia/ Metropolitan Washington - www.RestonLimo.com
    2. Integrity Chauffe r& Transportation, Shenandoah Valley - www.IntegrityChauffeur.com
    3. Point To Point Limousine, Northern Virginia/ Metropolitan Washington - www.PointToPointLimo.com

    The Best Bed & Breakfast in Virginia for a wine weekend getaway - Overall
    1. Inn at Meander Plantation, Locust Dale - www.Meander.net
    2. Blackthorne Inn, Upperville - www.Blackthorne-Inn.com
    3. Poplar Springs Inn, Casanova - www.PoplarSpringsInn.com

    Wine Bottle Artwork - Overall
    1. Sunset Hills Vineyard Sunset Red – Civil War commemorative
    2. Casanel Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – Civil War commemorative
    3. Sunset Hills Vineyard Sunset White - sunflowers

    Virginia Winery for Picnics - Overall
    1. Sunset Hills Vineyard
    2. Little Washington Winery
    3. Breaux Vineyards

    BY REGION


    Best Winery
    1. Gray Ghost Vineyards
    2. Veritas Vineyard & Winery
    3. Jefferson Vineyards

    Best White Wine
    1. Vertias Vineyard & Winery Viognier
    2. Jefferson Vineyards Viognier
    3. DuCard Winery Viognier

    Best Red Wine
    1. Grey Ghost Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011
    2. CrossKeys Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2010
    3. Barboursville Vineyards Octagon 2008

    Best Fruit Wine
    1. Peaks of Otter Winery Light Sweet Peach
    2. Peaks of Otter Winery Pumpkin Pie
    3. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery Virginia Raspberry Wine

    Best Sparkling Wine
    1. Barboursville Vineyards Brut
    2. Afton Mountain Vineyards Bollicine
    3. Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay

    Best Dessert Wine
    1. Peaks of Otter Winery Pumpkin Pie
    2. Gray Ghost Vineyards Adieu
    3. Barboursville Vineyards Malvaxia Passito 2007


    Best Winery
    1. Chatham Vineyards
    2. Ingleside Plantation Vineyards
    3. Williamsburg Winery

    Best White Wine
    1. Chatham Vineyards Church Creek Steel (unoaked) Chardonnay 2010
    2. Chatham Vineyards Chardonnay (oaked) 2010
    3. Ingleside Vineyards Chardonnay (oaked) 2011

    Best Red Wine
    1. Chatham Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2009/2010 blend
    2. Ingleside Vineyards Petit Verdot 2007 Reserve
    3. Chatham Vineyards Vintners Blend 2010

    Best Fruit Wine
    1. Williamsburg Winery Raspberry Merlot

    Best Sparkling Wine
    1. Ingleside Vineyards Virginia Brut

    Best Dessert Wine
    1. Williamsburg Winery Late Harvest Vidal Blanc 2009
    2. Ingleside Vineyards October Harvest


    Best Winery
    1. Sunset Hills Vineyard
    2. Fox Meadow Winery
    3. Barrel Oak Winery

    Best White Wine
    1. Sunset Hills Vineyard Viognier 2011
    2. Breaux Vineyards Jolie Blond 2011
    3. Pearmund Cellars Old Vine Chardonnay

    Best Red Wine
    1. Barrel Oak Winery BOW Norton 2011
    2. Fox Meadow Winery Le Renard Rouge 2010
    3. Sunset Hills Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc 2009

    Best Fruit Wine
    1. Mattaponi Winery Pow Wow Chocolate- Covered Strawberry Wine
    2. North Gate Vineyard Apple Wine
    3. Bluemont Vineyard The Strawberry

    Best Sparkling Wine
    1. Paradise Springs Winery Apres Sparkling Viognier

    Best Dessert Wine
    1. Breaux Vineyards Nebbiolo Ice 2011
    2. Barrel Oak Winery Chocolate Lab
    3. Sunset Hills Vineyard Nettare di'Tramonte 2010


    Best Winery
    1. Cave Ridge Vineyard
    2. Blue Stone Vineyards
    3. {tie}
    Shenandoah Vineyards
    Rockbridge Vineyard

    Best White Wine
    1. Bluestone Vineyard Beau
    2. North Mountain Vineyard Vidal Blanc 2009
    3. Shenandoah Winery Founder's Reserve Chardonnay 2011

    Best Red Wine
    1. Cave Ridge Vineyard Red Silk 2007
    2. Bluestone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    3. Rockbridge Vineyard Dechiel Meritage 2008

    Best Fruit Wine
    1. Shenandoah Vineyards Raspberry Serenade
    2. North Mountain Vineyard Virginia Apple Wine

    Best Dessert Wine
    1. Cave Ridge Vineyard Fandango 2010
    2. Bluestone Vineyard Estate Grown Moscato 2011
    3. Rockbridge Vineyard V d'or 2009


    Best Winery
    1. Rosemont Vineyards
    and Winery
    2. Annefield Vineyards
    3. Bright Meadows Farm

    Best White Wine
    1. Annefield Vineyards Viognier 2011
    2. Rosemont Vineyards and Winery Traminette 2009

    Best Red Wine
    1. Annefield Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2010
    2. Rosemont Vineyards and Winery Kilravock 2010

    Best Fruit Wine
    1. Bright Meadows Farm BAG Wine (Blackberry, Apple, Grape (Concord)

    Best Dessert Wine
    1. Rosemont Vineyards and Winery Lake Country Sunset


    Best Winery
    1. Chateau Morrisette
    2. Foggy Ridge Cider
    3. Villa Appalaccia Winery

    Best White Wine
    1. Chateau Morrisette Our Dog Blue
    2. Stanburn Winery Chardonnay
    3. Villa Appalaccia Pinot Grigio

    Best Red Wine
    1. Attimo Winery A.D. 325 2011
    2. West Wind Farm Heritage Reserve
    3. Firefly Hill Vineyards Crimson

    Best Fruit Wine
    1. Attimo Winery Sweet Berry Sunset
    2. AmRhein Winery Vin de Peche
    3. Chateau Morrisette Sweet Muscadine

    Best Sparkling Wine
    1. Chateau Morrisette Star Dog 2008

    Best Dessert Wine
    1. Chateau Morrisette Frosty Dog
    2. AmRhein Winery Ruby
    3. MountainRose Vineyard Autumn Gold 2010

    BY VARIETAL

    Viognier - Overall
    1. Casanel Vineyards Mas Que Nada Viognier 2009
    2. Veritas Vineyards Viognier 2011
    3. Chester Gap Cellars Viognier Reserve 2009

    White Wine - Overall
    1. Philip Carter Winery Governor Fauquier 2011
    2. {tie}
    Chatham Vineyards Church Creek Steel Chardonnay
    Breaux Vineyards Jolie Blond 2011
    3. Little Washington Winery Shenandoah Steel Chardonnay 2010

    Chardonnay - Overall
    1. Gray Ghost Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2010
    2. Pearmund Cellars Old Vine Chardonnay 2010
    3. Sunset Hills Vineyard Chardonnay

    Norton - Overall
    1. Chrysalis Vineyards Locksley Reserve Norton 2009
    2. Horton Vineyards Norton 2010
    3. Chrysalis Vineyards Norton Reserve 2009

    Red Wine - Overall
    1. {tie}
    Little Washington Winery George 2009
    Barboursville Vineyards Octagon 2008
    2. Sunset Hills Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc 2009
    3. Fabbioli Cellars Cabernet Franc 2010

    Meritage/Meritage-Style - Overall
    1. Gray Ghost Ranger Reserve 2010
    2. Sunset Hils Vineyard Sunset Red 2010
    3. {tie}
    Barboursville Vineyards Octagon 2006
    Pearmund Cellars Ameritage 2007

    Fruit Wine - Overall
    1. Fabbioli Cellars Raspberry Merlot
    2. Corcoran Vineyards Apple Wine
    3. Chateau O'Brien Apple Wine

    Sparkling Wine - Overall
    1. Paradise Springs Apres Sparkling Viognier 2011
    2. Barboursville Vineyards Brut 2010
    3. Thibaut-Janisson Winery Blanc de Chardonnay 2009

    Dessert Wine - Overall
    1. Sunset Hills Vineyard Nettare di Tramonto 2010
    2 {tie}
    Gray Ghost Vineyards Adieu 2009
    Rockbridge Vineyard V d'Or
    3. Barrel Oak Winery Chocolate Lab 2010

     

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