Cheers to the Weekend #16

This has been a week. I feel like I’ve been saying that quite a bit, but it’s true! I’ve been truly slammed in my day job for the past several months, and it’s really starting to catch up with me now. Luckily, I have a really great learning opportunity to look forward to for tomorrow. I’ll be starting as a weekend associate at RdV Vineyards! To say I’m excited is an understatement. I’ve been a huge admirer of their work from afar and I think this is going to be such an incredible learning opportunity. If you’re planning on coming to the winery, make sure you say hello!

Otherwise, here are my favorite things this week!

2020 Governor’s Cup Gold Medalists // Every year, the Virginia Wineries Association invites Virginia wineries to submit their best wines to a blind tasting. A host of prestigious judges (this year included Steven Spurrier!) then does a blind tasting over several days. The wines with 90+ points are awarded a gold medal. Next week, the best of the best will be further narrowed down and the 12 top-scoring wins will earn a place in the Governor’s Case. However, only one wine will receive the prestigious Governor’s Cup.

Last year, that wine was a Petit Manseng by Horton Cellars. I can personally attest to how fabulous it is. Remember though, not every winery is able to participate in this. There’s a certain amount of wine that has to be provided and it can be difficult for smaller wineries to commit. Bigger wineries can have several reasons for choosing not to participating. A lack of golds doesn’t mean a winery is bad!

Wine Travel Destinations // One of my friends sent me this link and you can consider me sold. Just check out some of these trip ideas! I’ve had the Napa Wine Train on my bucket list for a while… Looks like now there’s some new places to join that list! The mini wine city in Bordeaux, France looks particularly intriguing.


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