There were thirty-xix wineries, entering 243 wines in 30 different categories. This was the largest number of entries and varietals in the 21-year history of the competition. The Vinifera Wine Growers Association has earned a nation-wide reputation based on the excellence of their tasting panels. The judging panels included distinguished wine writers, sommeliers and retailers and was lead by Gordon W. Murchie, Director and Fredric D. Butcher, Chairman. Also serving on the panel were such noted wine critics as Michael Franz, Washington Post; David McIntyre, New York Times Online; Mary Wastor-Delauder, Sommelier of Lansdowne Resort, Bob Luskin, Bell Liquor & Wine Shoppe; Tomas E. Casmay, President Classic Wines; David Michael Tilch, Silesia Liquors; and Peter J. Repole, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates; among many others.
The 2001 Chardonnay is Veramar Vineyard’s first release, also a gold medal winner at the 2002 Virginia Governors Cup. Veramar Vineyard 2001 Chambourcin also won the Bronze at the 21st Annual Vinifera Wine Competition and the 2002 Virginia Governors Cup.
The Bogatys said, “Calling all wine aficionados! Forget French or Napa and Sonoma. Instead, reach for the wines that embody old world hospitality and that symbolizes that Virginia style, Veramar Vineyard wines.” Also, Jim Bogaty, said”, Veramar Vineyard, wants folks to enjoy the total vineyard experience and offers additional events such as “ The Music in the Night” concert series beginning August 24th, with Stella and the Stanleys. The band has a great sound and performance style that earns them consistent rave reviews and referrals for their ROCK & ROLL music repertoire of hits from the 50’s to the 90’s.”
Special thanks to the many people who go unmentioned and have worked to make this dream become a reality. In team spirit, we share the honor of being awarded the Medals, with John Delmare at Rappahannock’s Cana Cellars.