Baltimore County based Boordy Vineyards are the proud makers of one of the best wines in Maryland, according to a panel of judges at the 24th annual Governor's Cup Competition.
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The wine is described as a blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot—perfect for red wine lovers.
"We’re really proud of the wine and its performance,” Rob Deford, the winery's owner, wrote in a release. Deford could not be reached directly, a result of harvest season, where Boordy looks to add to its now 387 cases of award-winning wine.
Boordy, however, was not only beneficiary of the Governor's Cup.
Maryland Wineries Association executive director Kevin Atticks has released the list of "Best in class" wines (see below), while also suggesting that consumers too will be winners.
Judges were kept secret from the 27 wineries who entered the competition until after the awards and prizes were announced, Atticks explained. The judges themselves are the industry's wine buyers and sommeliers that stock local liquor stores with the award-winning wares.
“In addition to finding the best wines in Maryland and promote that, the competition is also a great way to showcase our wines to the people who buy them," Atticks said. "These judges come away tasting 100 new wines that they’ve never tried before.”
The Maryland wine industry has grown to 60 operating wineries, 48 of which are open and running. The remaining 12 are building stock. From 27 wineries entered, 140 different wines were sampled and judged.
"Judges awarded 23 gold, 40 silver and 35 bronze medals to wines throughout the day. Full results can be found on MarylandWine.com," the release states.
"Many of the wines from the Governor’s Cup Competition will be available for tasting and purchase at the 29th Anniversary Maryland Wine Festival on September 15 & 16 at the Carroll County Farm Museum," the release continues. "See a listing of participating wineries at www.MarylandWineFestival.org."
Maryland Wines: Best in Class
Best Sparkling: Great Shoals Winery - Sparkling Vidal 2011
Best White: Boordy Vineyards - Pinot Grigio 2011
Best White Blend: Knob Hall Winery - White Oak 2011
Best Red: Port of Leonardtown Winery - Chambourcin 2010
Best Red Blend: Boordy Vineyards - Landmark Reserve 2010
Best Rosé: Knob Hall Winery - Rosé 2011
Best Off-Dry: Frederick Cellars - Trail's End 2011
Best Sweet: Linganore Winecellars - Traminette 2011
Best Dessert: Port of Leonardtown Winery - Autumn Frost 2010
Best Port: Black Ankle Vineyards - Terra Dulce II
Best Mead: Orchid Cellar - Archer
Best Cider: Great Shoals Winery - Spencerville Red Hard Apple 2011
Best Fruit: Port of Leonardtown Winery - McIntosh Run 2011
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