Earlier in the week, the Governor's Cup winners were awarded to to Virginia's outstanding wines. Governor McDonnell bestowed the top honor, again, on Barboursville's Octagon. Octagon continues its march as Virginia's most recognized and awarded wine, and Barboursville continues to follow the Robert Mondavi model of winemaking and education - serving as an ambassador for the Virginia wine industry as a whole while also improving their own reputation.
While I have been critical of some aspects of Barboursville's approach and philosophy in the past, Octagon deserves the honor it has just received and any and all accolades in its future. The entire team at Barboursville strives to get Virginia wine a bit more respect, and who can argue with that?
Rather than try to say what has already been said about this year's Governor's Cup competition and winners, I encourage you to check out what Drink What You Like has said about it - particularly the lack of Viogniers included in this year's Gold Metal winners.
It's also worth reading Jordan Harris' comments for an insider's perspective on the recent lack of love for Virginia Viognier.