Tarara Wine Ranks High

Tarara Winery's 2000 Cabernet France was the top-rated wine in a recent blind tasting by the Virginia Wine Guide, an online review of Virginia wines, earning a score of 92 out of 100. Two wines from Barboursville Vineyards also scored in the nineties, as did one each from France, New York and California.

Seven Virginia wines, three French, four New York and three California were tasted by the Virginia Wine Guide's panel. The Virginia Wine Guide is published by the Virginia Wine and Food Society Inc., a nonprofit organization of wineries, hotels, restaurants, retailers and individuals. Its goal is to broaden awareness and foster appreciation of Virginia wines and foods grown and prepared in Virginia that best accompany them.

Tarara winemaker Daniel Alcorso said the winning wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot that was bottled in 2001.

Archaeological Award

The Council of Virginia Archaeologists has awarded the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors the 2002 Michael Hoffman Award for its archaeological preservation efforts.

Loudoun was the first county-level jurisdiction in Virginia to require developers to perform archaeological surveys before construction. The board also has passed a revised Comprehensive Plan to protect the county's historic and natural resources and has revised the Facilities Standards Manual to include the archaeological survey requirement. The Michael Hoffman Award honors individuals and organizations outside of the field of archaeology for historic preservation contributions.

Autism Program Board

Nikia Dower of Middleburg has been elected to the board of directors of the Autism Program of Virginia (TAP-VA).

TAP-VA provides information and services to enhance the quality of life for autistic Virginians and their families. The program also provides information to agencies and organizations.

Dower, who has worked in speech and language education for 16 years, is owner and director of Dower and Associates Inc., which provides speech and language therapy, academic and remedial tutoring and educational programs for children with autism, learning disabilities or language impairments.

Arts Council Elections

The Loudoun Arts Council recently elected several members to two-year terms on its board of directors: J. Matthew Brown, Tom Callaghy, Susie Fordyce, David Galen, Barbara Justice, Penny Latham, Becky Lower, Rosemarie Pelletier, Chris Rossbach, Michael Weinberg and Trisha Adams.

Board members elected the following officers: Julie Doiron, president; Gale Waldron, vice president; and Cindy Hollister, secretary. Director Trisha Adams will also serve as treasurer.

Loudoun Arts Council is a nonprofit corporation that promotes visual, performing and literary arts and artists in Loudoun.

Restaurant Honored

The Loudoun County Disability Services Board has given the Leesburg restaurant South Street its first FAME (Facilities Access Management Excellence) award.

"It honors businesses that meet the accessibility needs of disabled employees and customers and businesses that treat people with dignity," said board Chairman Brett Mason.

The board seeks to draw disabled individuals into the community through advocacy for their capabilities and communication with local and state government and private companies.

School Administrator

Keith Currivean of Leesburg has been named head administrator at Dominion Academy, a private K-8 Christian school in Leesburg.

Currivean has worked in educational administration for 15 years and joins Dominion after serving as head administrator at Southfield Christian School in Southfield, Mich. Currivean, who received a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and a master's degrees from Eastern Michigan University and Michigan Theological Seminary, will also lead the choir at Leesburg Baptist Church.

Sterling School Cited

Readers of Washington Families Magazine have ranked Munger Academy of Sterling as one of the best private schools in the Washington region for the second year in a row.

Each year, the magazine asks readers to submit nominations for their favorite restaurants, area activities, retail locations and schools in the metropolitan region. The result is the magazine's "Best for Families" ranking. Munger Academy is a nondenominational institution for preschool and elementary school students.

-- Compiled by Yawandale Birchett

County Housing Services Director Cindy Mester, left, and Brett Mason, far right, chairman of the Loudoun County Disability Services Board, flank award recipient Shawn Malone of Leesburg restaurant South Street.