Last week, I let you know that the Gold Medal winners for the Governor’s cup were selected. This past Tuesday, that list was narrowed into a Top 12, (The Governor’s Case) and one wine was crowned the official Governor’s Cup victor.
Our winner? None other than 868 Estate Vineyard’s Vidal Blanc, which is the first hybrid varietal AND the first wine made from 100% Loudoun grapes to win the cup. Their Vidal Blanc is a dessert wine, which is also rare to see in the winner’s circle. 868 actually dried out their grapes for a full month to naturally bring up the sweetness levels of this wine. Clearly, that wait paid off!
You may have seen 868 on my list of underrated Virginia wineries, so it’s really nice to see them getting well-deserved recognition. Congratulations to winemaker Carl DiManno and the rest of the 868 team! I’m sure I’ll be visiting soon to buy a bottle.