Saturday, November 11, 2006

White Hall WIns Town Point Virginia Wine Competition

White Hall Winery Wins Best of Show
November 1, 2006
A 2005 Viognier by White Hall Vineyards won "best of show" at the Town Point Virginia Wine Competition last month in downtown Norfolk.

White Hall Vineyards, located outside of Charlottesville, describes its Viognier (pronounced "vee-on-yea") as "nose of honeysuckle and mango, followed by a soft yet strong palate presence of pears and delicate smoke flavors." It retails for $16.99, according to the company Web site. This year, the competition hosted 31 Virginia wineries with 124 entrees in 12 different categories. Here are the gold medal winners in each category.

Chardonnay, Horton Cellar Winery Chardonnay 2005; Viognier, Oakencroft Vineyard & Winery Viognier 2005; Vinifera White, Cardinal Point Vineyards & Winery Quattro 2005; Hybrid White, Willowcroft Vineyard Traminetee 2005; Riesling, Rockbridge Vineyard Riesling 2005; Dessert, Oakencroft Vineyards & Winery Encore! 2004; Merlot, Breaux Vineyards Merlot 2002; Vinifera Red, Fox Meadow Vineyards Syrah 2004; Cabernet Franc, Fox Meadow Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2002; Cabernet Sauvignon, Ingleside Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003; Meritage Category, Barboursville Vineyard Octagon 2004; and Norton, Cooper Vineyards Norton 2004.

The wine competition was established in 1991 by the Old Dominion University Enological Research Facility. This year's judges include local chefs or sommeliers, wine writers, wine educators and members of the wine trade.