Local wines were shut out of the top spots in the Governor’s Cup competition this week, but one of the Loudoun’s industry leaders was honored for his accomplishments.
The Virginia Wineries Association on Tuesday presented Jim Corcoran, of Corcoran Vineyards, with the Gordon Murchie Lifetime Achievement Award.
He started Corcoran Vineyards near Waterford with his wife, Lori, in 2002. He was instrumental in the creation of the Virginia Wine Distribution Company, which revolutionized the way that smaller wineries in the commonwealth could sell their products to restaurants and stores. He also served on its board for many years.
Corcoran also helped form the Virginia Wine Council and, as chairman, he spent countless days in Richmond working with state legislators. Since 2010, he has served on the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
The award was presented during the Governor’s Cup Gala in Richmond when the results of the statewide wine competition, with more than 500 entries, were announced.
Seven Loudoun wines were presented gold medals:
- 50 West Vineyards 2015 Aldie Heights Cuvee
- Boxwood Estate Winery 2015 Reserve
- Creek’s Edge Winery 2017 Cabernet Franc
- Doukénie Winery, 2016 Vintner’s Reserve 2016
- Fabbioli Cellars, 2015 Tannat
- Greenhill Winery and Vineyards, 2017 Chardonnay Reserve
- Sunset Hills Vineyard, 2015 Mosaic.
This year’s top winners—the 12 wines selected for inclusion in the “Governor’s Case”—were:
- Horton Vineyards’ 2016 Petit Manseng, judged as the year’s best wine
- Barboursville Vineyards 2017 Vermentino Reserve
- Early Mountain Vineyards 2016 Eluvium
- Glen Manor Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc
- King Family Vineyards 2016 Mountain Plains
- King Family Vineyards 2016 Meritage
- Paradise Springs Winery 2015 Meritage
- Virginia Wine Works 2016 Hamlet Vineyards Eltham
- Virginia Wine Works 2016 Michael Shaps Petit Manseng
- Virginia Wine Works 2016 Michael Shaps Raisin d’Etre White
- Virginia Wine Works 2015 Michael Shaps Tannat
- Virginia Wine Works 2014 Upper Shirley Zachariah