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Friday, February 15, 2019

68 Virginia Wines Strike Gold in the Governor's Cup Competition

We are days away from learning who will win the 2019 Virginia Governor's Cup. What we do know is that 68 wines earned gold in the competition. This year's spirited competition included 510 wines from 102 Virginia wineries. For a full list of medal winners, click here.

Paws up to Winemaker Michael Shaps whose Virginia Wine Works made nearly one-third (22) of the golden wines under his own label and for other wineries. Shaps purchased Shenandoah Vineyards, Virginia's second-oldest winery, in November. He believes the Shenandoah Valley has the state’s best grape growing potential and has thus far been under the radar.

Michael Shaps continues to be King of the Golds, besting his 2018 performance with 22 winning wines.
For the present, Central Virginia continues to dominate the competition, and Barboursville, Early Mountain, King Family, and Trump Winery each brought four golds back home to the region.

The Wine Dogs will be reporting from the scene next Tuesday night to let you know who wins the cup and who makes the case this year.

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