King Family is Virginia wine royalty

RICHMOND, VA -- The King Family Vineyards crew undoubtedly will always remember the 2010 Virginia Wine Expo.

The event, which culminated Friday night at the Richmond Convention Center, saw the King enterprise rack up a few honors:

• Governor's Cup and a category gold medal for what the judges said was the state's top wine, a 2007 Meritage. It was accepted by winemaker Matthieu Finot.

• David King (above right), head of the Crozet, VA, operation located a 15-minute drive from Charlottesville at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, was named the state's "Wine Grower of the Year."

• Silver medals for King Family's 2008 Cabernet Franc and its 2007 Merlot.

More than 200 wines were entered in the competition. Virginia has 157 licensed wineries.

The Governor's Cup-winning Meritage -- which earlier won double gold in the 2009 Monticello Cup -- is a blend of 56% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Malbec. It was aged in French oak for 18 months, and just 615 cases were produced.

The Meritage sells for $25.95 a bottle. Go here for purchasing information.

[Go here for my tasting notes report on the Meritage.]

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