CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — February 21, 2007 — The Virginia Wine Experience in London, LLC, today announced the results of its qualifying round to determine which wines will represent Virginia at a historic May 2007 wine tasting in London, England. After tasting more than 88 wines from 33 Virginia wineries, the qualifying wines to be presented at the London wine tasting represent a diverse range from sparkling wines and meritage blends to the native Norton grape. A complete list of the Virginia wines can be found at wineries on the website.
"We are pleased to be taking 64 high-quality wines to pour for media and trade members in London. They truly represent the best quality in today’s Virginia wines," said Richard Leahy, executive director of the Virginia Wine Experience in London, LLC.
The one-day qualifying round took place at White Hall Vineyards and featured a panel of ten wine experts tasting the full range of Virginia wines from vintage sparkling to dessert styles. The selected wines will be introduced to an exclusive audience of media and wine trade members at the renowned Vinopolis wine tasting venue in London on May 2nd, 2007, and presented as worthy of comparison to fine wines from any region on the world stage.
The theme at the Virginia Wine Experience in London will be “Virginia, First in Wine” – a reference to both the history and quality of Virginia’s wine. “Since this is the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement, now is an excellent time to highlight the fact that Virginia was the first place in North America where English settlers deliberately set out to produce wine,” noted Leahy. “We believe Londoners will appreciate the historical significance of our theme, and it’s a tremendous opportunity to showcase recent progress in the Virginia wine industry.”
Virginia is both literally and stylistically between California and Europe. Due to its favorable Mid-Atlantic location – between North and South – Virginia wines represent both New World and Old World wine making styles. Leahy noted further that Virginia’s climate produces the most versatile range of fine wines in the Eastern United States.