Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Roundup
The 2017 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival kicked off with the Monticello Cup Awards at The Jefferson Theater on April 13. Prior to the evening, 10 wine industry professionals judged wines from over 30 wineries at the Capital Wine School in Washington, DC. Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery won this year’s Monticello Cup for its 2014 Union. Below (bottom, right), Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery’s Winemaker, Tim Gorman, accepted the Monticello Cup.
Overall, there were 14 gold medal winners, 30 silver and 15 bronze winning wines. Of the 14 gold medal winners, Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery’s 2014 Union, Michael Shaps Wineworks‘ 2014 Meritage and Pollak Vineyards‘ 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve were chosen for the “Top 3 Red” category. First Colony Winery’s 2015 Viognier, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards‘ 2015 Chardonnay Reserve and Stinson Vineyards‘ 2014 Petit Manseng were chosen for the “Top 3 White” category. Below (bottom, left), representatives, including winemakers from each of the wineries chosen for the Top Red and Top White categories, stood together upon the stage. For the full list of medal winners, click here.
Following a day of pairing events, the festival concluded with a tasting event at the Sprint Pavilion on the Historic Downtown Mall. Beautiful weather and the showcasing of over 25 local wineries made this a popular event! The day started with a VIP catered tasting at 12:30 p.m. with the general event starting at 1:30 p.m.
During the tasting event, attendees were able to choose from one of two wines from each winery while learning about the different vineyards and their practices.
Wine & Country joined the festivities in debuting the fourth book of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living. A wine charm creation station and an opportunity for attendees to sign up for their chance to win our Wine & Country Garden Getaway was also available at our tent.
The 2017 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival proved to be another successful event through its sharing of the immense talent in our wine community. Congratulations to Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery for winning the 2017 Monticello Cup! We are looking forward to another year of enjoying local award-winning wines.
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