Local wines shined — or at least won shiny medals — at this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest annual contest featuring wines from around the United States. Barboursville Vineyards took Best in Class for its 2008 cabernet franc reserve ($24), while Virginia wineries collected 22 medals in all. Maryland claimed three.
Barboursville also earned silver medals for its 2007 Octagon red blend ($41) and its 2010 viognier reserve ($24).
Winemaker Luca Paschina was understandably excited about the Best in Class recognition for his cab franc, which many people consider Virginia’s best red grape.
“Once more, a Virginia wine has reached world class recognition [on] its own merit, in a blind setting, and it is a great time for all people involved in our industry to be proud, celebrate and yet not [be] surprised of the achievement,” he wrote in an e-mail.
Other wineries were celebrating, too. Barrel Oak Winery, in Fauquier County, collected five medals, including a Double Gold (meaning all the judges rating it gave the wine a gold-medal score) for its 2010 chardonnay reserve in the $25-$30 category. The winery also collected medals for its 2009 cabernet franc, 2009 petit verdot, 2010 chardonnay and 2010 viognier.
From Maryland, Boordy Vineyards collected a silver medal for its 2010 chardonnay reserve from Long Green Vineyard, part of the winery’s ambitious replanting effort, as well as a bronze medal for its 2007 Veritas, a port-style wine. Slack Wines and Vineyards also won a bronze for its White Shoals sparkling wine,.
Sixty-five judges from around the country evaluated 5,500 entries in this year’s competition.