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09/04/13

First Lady Katie O'Malley Announces 2013 Maryland Wine Governor's Cup Winners

On Tuesday, September 3, First Lady Katie O'Malley presented the winners of the 23rd Annual Maryland Wine Governor's Cup at the Evergreen Museum & Library. The invite-only event was held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. outside on the patio. Winning winemakers were in attendance to pour samples of their wine for guests, and light fare was also served—including cheese from Harford County's Keyes Creamery.

The First Lady announced the Best In Class winners and then presented the Best in Show Governor's Cup to Black Ankle Vineyards for their 2010 Crumbling Rock, a blend of of Bordeaux varieties. Winemaker Sarah O'Herron accepted the award. This is Black Ankle Vineyards' fourth Governor's Cup Competition Best in Show.

Competition Director Al Spoler was encouraged by the particularly strong showing by many of the state's youngest wineries. "What struck me was the unsolicited enthusiasm of the judges themselves," noting that several new judges were excited by the overall quality of the entries. 

"This was one of the most definitive Maryland wine competitions ever, with an equal number of superior red and white wines, representing all of the state's diverse winegrowing regions," said Joe Fiola, Specialist in Viticulture and Small Fruit at the University of Maryland Extension.

The annual Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition is the premier competition of Maryland wines, evaluated by four select teams of judges from the retail, wholesale, restaurant and press segments of our industry.  The competition is blind—judges only know the composition of the wine, not the label, price, intended market or any other details.

The full listing of awards is provided below. Photos of the award ceremony are available online, credited to MWA and the Umbrella Syndicate. Congratulations to all of the winning wines and wineries!

Best in Show

2010 Crumbling Rock • Black Ankle Vineyards

BEST IN CLASS
Best Sparkling: Great Shoals Winery • Sparkling Vidal Blanc 2012
Best White Varietal: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Chardonnay 2012
Best White Blend: Black Ankle Vineyards • Bedlam 2012
Best Rosé: Crow Vineyards & Winery • Barbera Rosé
Best Red Varietal: Cascia Vineyards • Nebbiolo 2009
Best Red Blend: Black Ankle Vineyards • Crumbling Rock 2010
Best Off-Dry Varietal: Boordy Vineyards • Vidal Blanc 2012
Best Off-Dry Blend: Royal Rabbit Vineyards • Chatelaine 2012
Best Mead: Orchid Cellar Winery • Archer
Best Dessert: Port of Leonardtown Winery • Autumn Frost 2010
Best Fruit: Port of Leonardtown Winery • McIntosh Run 2011
Best Fortified: Serpent Ridge Vineyard • Slither

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALISTS
Black Ankle Vineyards • Crumbling Rock 2010
Cascia Vineyards • Nebbiolo 2009
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Chardonnay 2012

GOLD MEDALISTS
Big Cork Vineyards • Chardonnay 2012
Black Ankle Vineyards • Bedlam 2012
Boordy Vineyards • Veritas Port 2008
Boordy Vineyards • Vidal Blanc 2012
Bordeleau Winery • Pinot Grigio 2012
Crow Vineyards & Winery • Vidal Blanc 2012
Crow Vineyards & Winery • Barbera Rosé
Dejon Vineyards • Festivus 2012
Great Shoals Winery • Sparkling Vidal Blanc 2012
Layton’s Chance Winery • Oaked Chambourcin 2011
Linganore Winecellars • Indulgence
Loew Vineyards • Apples & Honey
Loew Vineyards • Viva Vidal 2011
Orchid Cellar Winery • Archer
Port of Leonardtown Winery • Chardonnay 2011
Port of Leonardtown Winery • Captain’s Table 2010
Port of Leonardtown Winery • Autumn Frost 2010
Port of Leonardtown Winery • Chaptico Rosé 2011
Port of Leonardtown Winery • McIntosh Run 2011
Royal Rabbit Vineyards • Chatelaine 2012
Serpent Ridge Vineyard • Slither
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Cabernet Franc Reserve 2011

SILVER MEDALISTS
Big Cork Vineyards • Late Harvest Vidal 2012
Big Cork Vineyards • Traminette 2012
Big Cork Vineyards • Vidal 2012
Black Ankle Vineyards • Terra Dulce III
Boordy Vineyards • Chardonnay Reserve 2012
Boordy Vineyards • Dry Rosé 2012
Bordeleau Winery • Cabernet Franc
Cassinelli Vineyards & Winery • Barbera
Cassinelli Vineyards & Winery • Chardonnay 2009
Catoctin Breeze Vineyard • Amber 2010
Catoctin Breeze Vineyard • Cabernet Franc 2012
Catoctin Breeze Vineyard • Intermezzo 2012
Catoctin Breeze Vineyard • Viognier 2012
Dove Valley Winery • Riesling 2012
Great Shoals Winery • Blanc de Blancs 2012
Great Shoals Winery • Cuveé Blanc 2012
Harford Vineyard • Sweet Harmony 2012
Harford Vineyard • Traminette 2011
Knob Hall Winery • Jealous Mistress
Knob Hall Winery • Rosé 2012
Knob Hall Winery • Sweet Revenge 2012
Knob Hall Winery • Willow 2012
Layton’s Chance Winery • Dessert Traminette 2012
Layton’s Chance Winery • Vidal Blanc 2011
Linganore Winecellars • Chambourcin 2012
Linganore Winecellars • Sweet Chessie 2012
Linganore Winecellars • Terrapin White 2012
Little Ashby Vineyards • Merlot 2008
Old Westminster Winery • Chardonnay 2012
Orchid Cellar Winery • Beekeeper
Orchid Cellar Winery • Monk
Perigeaux Vineyards & Winery • Chardonnay 2011
Port of Leonardtown Winery • Cayuga 2011
Port of Leonardtown Winery • Chambourcin Reserve 2010
Port of Leonardtown Winery • Wicomico Rosé 2011
Romano Vineyard • Chambourcin 2011
Serpent Ridge Vineyard • Vintner’s Cabernet 2010
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Comus 2011
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Evoe 2010
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Rosé 2012
The Vineyards at Dodon • Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Woodhall Vineyards and Wine Cellars • Gunpowder Falls White 2012
Woodhall Vineyards and Wine Cellars • Piemonte 2012
 
BRONZE MEDALISTS
Boordy Vineyards 2010 • Merlot Reserve 2010
Boordy Vineyards 2012 • Pinot Grigio 2012
Boordy Vineyards • South Mountain Red 2011
Bordeleau Winery • Cabernet Sauvignon
Crow Vineyards & Winery • Barbera 2011
Cygnus Wine Cellars • Late Harvest Vidal Blanc 2011
Cygnus Wine Cellars • Royele Rosé de Noir Brut 2010
Dove Valley Winery • Cabernet Franc 2010
Dove Valley Winery • Dove Valley Red 2010
Dove Valley Winery • Pinot Noir 2010
Great Frogs • All Hands on Deck 2012
Great Frogs • Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Great Frogs • Chardronnay 2012
Great Frogs • Full Sail 2012
Great Frogs • Watermen 2011
Great Shoals Winery • Bayside Mist 2012
Great Shoals Winery • Peach Sparkling 2012
Great Shoals Winery • Spencerville Red Hard Apple
Harford Vineyard • Merlot 2010
Harford Vineyard • Vintage Vidal Blanc 2011
Knob Hall Winery • Late Harvest Vidal Blanc
Knob Hall Winery • Vidal Blanc 2012
Linganore Winecellars • Chardonnay 2012
Linganore Winecellars • Red Skins 2012
Loew Vineyards • Honey & Grape
Old Westminster Winery • Cabernet Franc 2011
Orchid Cellar 2011 Merlot 2011
Orchid Cellar • Blacksmith
Perigeaux Vineyards & Winery • Cabernet Franc 2011
Perigeaux Vineyards & Winery • Merlot 2010
Port of Leonardtown Winery • 1634 Chardonnay 2010
Port of Leonardtown Winery • Chambourcin 2012
Port of Leonardtown Winery • Vidal Blanc 2011
St. Michaels Winery • Island Beauty 2009
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Circe 2012
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Pinot Grigio 2012
Woodhall Vineyards and Wine Cellars • Barbera 2012
Woodhall Vineyards and Wine Cellars • Chambourcin 2012
Woodhall Vineyards and Wine Cellars • Gunpowder Falls Red Reserve 2012
Woodhall Vineyards and Wine Cellars • Sparks Apple Ice Wine 2012
Woodhall Vineyards and Wine Cellars • Vidal Blanc 2012