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About the Wine ClassicFor 30 years, the Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival has delighted Virginia wine lovers with an outstanding array of wineries and vintages to enjoy. Now, for the first time, Virginia wineries - whether participants in the festival or not, will be honored for wines they submit to the Town Point Virginia Wine Classic. The wine classic follows in the tradition set by the late Dr. Roy Williams, an oenophile luminary, who hosted a wine competition for years before his passing. The Town Point Virginia Wine Classic is a new event in partnership with Norfolk Festevents, presenters of the wine festival, and Virginia Eats + Drinks Magazine, a statewide publication showcasing the good eats and good drinks of the commonwealth.Magazine publisher, Patrick Evans-Hylton, is the wine classic chair.
Wine Classic JudgesPatrick Evans-Hylton - chair, Publisher, Virginia Eats + DrinksDeon Foster - Owner, The Kitchen Koop, Portsmouth Ian Honaker - Sommelier, wine representative for The Country VintnerBethany Morris - Sommelier, Hilton Norfolk The MainJim Raper - Wine columnist for The Virginian-PilotCharlie Rizzo - Sommelier, River Stone Chophouse, Suffolk
2017 Wine Classic ResultsPLATINUMBarboursville Vineyards Octagon 2014 [red blend]Barboursville Vineyards Petit Verdot Reserve 2014 [red]James River Cellars Cabernet Franc 2014 [red] BEST RED, BEST IN SHOWRockbridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2013 [red]Rockbridge Vineyard V’dor 2015 [dessert] BEST DESSERT
GOLDBarboursville Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2015 [white]Barboursville Vineyards Vermentino Reserve 2016 [white]Barboursville Vineyards Viognier Reserve 2015 [white] BEST VIOGNIERJames River Cellars Merlot 2014 [red]James River Cellars Vidal Blanc 2016 [white]Ox-Eye Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2015 [red]Ox-Eye Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015 [red]Ox-Eye Vineyards Riesling 2015 [white] BEST WHITEPrince Michel Vineyard & Winery American Dessert [dessert]Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery Symbius 2010 [red]Rapidan River Wine Peach [fruit] BEST FRUITRebec Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 [white]Rebec Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay 2014 [white]Rockbridge Vineyard DeChiel Reserve Chardonnay 2015 [white]Rockbridge Vineyard Heritage 2013 [red blend]Stanburn Winery Barbera 2015 [red]Stanburn Winery Bull’s Blush 2016 [pink blend] BEST BLUSHStanburn Winery Cabernet Franc 2015 [red]Stanburn Winery Chambourcin 2015 [red]Stanburn Winery Meadow Breeze White 2015 [white]West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery Galena Creed Red [red]West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery Galena Creek White 2016 [white]
SILVER Ox-Eye Vineyards Chardonnay 2015 [white]Ox-Eye Vineyards Scale House Reserve Riesling 2015 [white]Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery Viognier [white]Stanburn Winery Big A Red [red]Stanburn Winery Chardonnay 2015 [white]Stanburn Winery Vidal Blanc 2015 [white]West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery Riesling 2016 [white]
BRONZEJames River Cellars Chardonnay 2015 [white]West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery Gewurtztraminer 2015 [white]
Wine Classic Chair, Patrick Evans-Hylton discussing Virginia Wines
Sample over 200 of Virginia's best wines from 30+ Virginia Wineries at the Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
A select number of wines from the Fall Wine Classic Competition will be availble for sampling at the Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival