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The Loudoun Wineries Association has announced the winners of its fourth annual Loudoun Wine Awards.

Seventy wines were entered in the competition and 18 of them were named gold medalists and 47 won silver medals. All of the entrants must be made up of 100 percent Virginia fruit, with 75 percent of the fruit from Loudoun County. All wines also must be produced and bottled in the county.

Seven wineries won two gold medals for serving the county’s best wine: Bozzo Family Vineyards, for its 2016 Second Act red blend and 2017 Murph chardonnay; Doukenie Winery for its 2015 cabernet sauvignon and 2017 Sauvignon Blanc; Maggie Malick Wine Caves for its 2017 Albariño and 2017 viognier; October One Vineyard for its 2015 cabernet sauvignon and 2015 merlot; Sunset Hills Vineyards for its 2015 Mosaic and 2015 reserve cabernet franc; and Zephaniah Vineyards for its 2015 Chambourcin and 2015 Three Captains Red.

Loudoun wineries that won one gold medal are: 868 Estate Vineyards, Cana Vineyards, Fabbioli Cellars, Hillsborough Vineyards, Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, and Wine Reserve at Waterford.

“It is exciting to see the number of gold medals on the rise in the competition. Every year we are seeing more wineries submitting wines with Loudoun County fruit that are producing world-class results,” said Aimee Henkle, chairwoman of the Loudoun Wine Awards Committee and co-owner of The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek.

Several wineries were awarded multiple silver medals, including: 868 Estate Vineyards and Lost Creek Winery each won seven, Zephaniah Vineyards won five, Cana Vineyards, Maggie Malick Wine Caves and Doukenie Winery each won four, Bluemont Vineyards and Willowcroft Farm Vineyards won three; 50 West Vineyards, North Gate Vineyards, Hillsborough Vineyards and Fabbioli Cellars each won two. Quattro Goomba Winery and Sunset Hills Vineyards were also each awarded a silver medal.

“The Loudoun Wine Awards program is a great celebration of the accomplishments of the Loudoun County wine industry and continues to highlight the world-class quality of this county’s wine,” said Neal Wavra, competition director for the Loudoun Wine Awards and owner of FABLE Hospitality, who organized the judging.

The medal winning wines will be poured at the Grand Tasting Reception prior to the awards ceremony and dinner on Friday, October 19, at Lansdowne Resort & Spa. The award winners including the Chairman’s Award (best-in-show), best-in-class by varietal category, Loudoun County’s Winemaker of the Year, Winegrower of the Year, and Wine Ambassador of the Year will be announced at the awards ceremony. Loudoun Wine Award Dinner tickets are $89 and can be purchased at http://lwa2018.eventbrite.com.

The eight judges were The Inn at Little Washington Sommelier Lindsey Fern, Washington Post wine writer Dave McIntyre, wine buyer with The Country Vintner Jason Bise, Author of DrinkWhatYouLike.com Frank Morgan, Cork ‘N Fork Shops owner Antoinette Landragin, Master of Wine Caroline Hermann, American Wine Society Certified Judges Jennifer Krafts and Rex Bambling.

Of the 70 wines entered, 65 were recognized with gold or silver medals.

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