2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Sauvignon Blanc

ASWA winner Stinson VineyardsStinson Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Virginia

From the Monticello AVA, a combination of estate fruit and fruit from Mt. Juliet Vineyards which is across the road from the winery, this flinty, mineral-laden Sauvignon Blanc is balanced with melon and opulent white flower flavors. Fermented sur lie in concrete (see the “egg”!) and stainless steel. Clean, crisp and lingering. Suggested retail: $21.99

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER: Other Red Vinifera Blend

ASWA winner Philip CarterPhilip Carter Winery of Virginia Cleve 2015, Virginia

Cleve Hall was an historic estate owned by the Carter family, and this tribute wine comprises all the history and fine quality the Carter family has embraced since their first wine award in London in 1762. Cleve 2015 is a 50/50 blend of petit verdot and tannat. Rustic yet velvety, with subtle oak married with jammy notes. The winery recommends decanting. Suggested retail: $45.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Sweet White Interspecific Blend

ASWA winner Rockbridge V d'OrRockbridge Vineyard V d’Or 2016, Virginia

The technology of refrigeration becomes art as practiced by Rockbridge Vineyards in the production of this “ice wine.” From Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, this blend of vidal blanc, riesling, and vignoles with a touch of traminette yields a lush wine redolent of honey and oranges. Suggested retail: $25.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio

ASWA winner Fox Meadow WineryFox Meadow Winery Pinot Grigio 2017, Virginia

From the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in VA, estate-grown fruit is steel fermented and aged to highlight a balance of acidity with minerality and citrus notes. Owner Dan Mortland says, “In two words, elegant and savory,” and is particularly proud to have won the Best of Category in both 2018 and in 2017, for Fox Meadow Pinot Gris. Suggested retail: $25.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Cabernet Franc

ASWA winner Pearmund Cabernet FrancPearmund Cellars Cabernet Franc 2016, Virginia

From Toll Gate Vineyard in Rappahannock County, (unfortunately for sale…) this Cab Franc is Pearmund’s second Best of Category winner this year. Excellent with gouda cheese or olive tapenade, with a characteristic hint of bell pepper combining with cocoa, cherry and black raspberry flavors. Sweet tannins round out this lush wine. Suggested retail: $29.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Petit Verdot

ASWA winner Narmada Petit VerdotNarmada Winery Petit Verdot 2016, Virginia

Narmada Winery produced last year’s Best of Show, and this Petit Verdot continues that winning tradition. Rich with coffee aromas, full-bodied and showing an intriguing blend of chocolate and savory bacon flavors underscored with bright orange zest, this is a blend of 78% petit verdot, 10% merlot, 7% tannat and 5% cab franc. From Rappahannock County, VA. Suggested retail: $35.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Chardonnay

ASWA winner Gray Ghost VineyardsGray Ghost Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2016, Virginia

From Rappahannock County, VA, fermented in new French oak and softened by malo, the resulting mouthfeel of this chardonnay is rich and elegant with notes of pear and fig and a hint of vanilla. Winemaking team/owners Al and Cheryl Kellert love the buttery, toasty oak finish. Suggested retail: $28.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Petit Manseng

ASWA winner Fifty-Third Winery and VineyardFifty-Third Winery & Vineyards Petit Manseng 2016, Virginia

Cooper Vineyards, purchased in 2015 by David and Susan Drillock, is transitioning to the name Fifty-Third Winery. Fitting, as it was the 53rd farm winery licensed in VA. Graham Bell is the winemaker, and this expression of the current darling of VA grapes is medium-bodied with notes of pineapple, pear and honey. Suggested retail: $23.95  

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Bordeaux Style Red Blend

Pearmund CellarsASWA winner Pearmund Cellars Ameritage Reserve 2016, Virginia

This wine is a blend of equal amounts cab sauv, petit verdot and malbec. Three days of cold-soaking the grapes followed by 2 weeks maceration lend the wine its rich dark fruit, spice, vanilla, and cocoa notes. Aged 10 months separately, then married and aged an additional 4 months, all American oak. Suggested retail: $39.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER White Hybrid/Native American Blend

ASWA winner Rockbridge VineyardsRockbridge Vineyard Tuscarora White 2016, Virginia

Winemaker Shep Rouse discovered his love of wine in Germany back in the 1970’s and built his winery in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in 1988. Using traditional small batch methods with minimal processing has earned this vidal blanc/traminette blend accolades. Semi-dry and stainless fermented. Suggested retail: $12.00