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Glen Manor’s Meritage wins Virginia Governor’s Cup

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The 2009 Hodder Hill Meritage from Glen Manor Vineyards in Front Royal has won the 2012 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition.

The wine is the first to win under more stringent rules implemented by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

“Glen Manor’s Meritage and the other 11 wines that make up the Governor’s Cup Case will make a fine addition to wine cellars everywhere, further enhancing the growing reputation of Virginia wines,” McDonnell said in a statement.

The Hodder Hill Meritage is a blend of 63 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Merlot, 6 percent Cabernet Franc and6 percent Petit Verdot. The winemaker and winery owner, Jeff White, is a fourth generation farmer who established Glen Manor Vineyards in 2005. His estate has grown grapes since the mid-1990s.

In previous years, the Governor’s Cup was divided into two categories: red and white wines. This year, all wines competed against each other. More than 400 entries were reviewed by judges in mid-January. The top 12 wines were selected to make up the 2012 Governor’s Cup Case. Those 12 wines were scored against one another by another judging panel in late January.

The other wines that make up the Governor’s Cup Case are:
• 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
• 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 Gewurztraminer

The Virginia Wine Marketing Office will use at least 10 cases of each of the 12 wines for promotional uses, including shipping them to wine media to promote Virginia wines on the national and international markets.

Any wine made from 100 percent Virginia fruit was eligible for the competition.

Jay Youmans, one of only of 31 Masters of Wine (MW) in the U.S., directed the competition. Youmans, who is also a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) and the owner and educational director of the Capital Wine School in Washington, DC, recruited the wine judges from the professional wine buying and wine media community.

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