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Maryland Wineries Association Announces Winners from the 26th Annual Maryland Governor’s Competition


Over 100 Wines from Across the State Competed for Prestigious Award

Maryland WineAugust 25, 2014 (Baltimore, MD) – Today, the Maryland Wineries Association announced the winners of the 26th Annual Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition for 2014. The judging for the prestigious awards took place on Sunday, August 17 in Timonium with over twenty wine experts from the region who tasted over 100 different wines, including sparkling, whites, roses and reds.  The gold medal-winning wines competed for Best in Class and Best in Show honors.  Bordeleau Vineyard & Winery won the Governor’s Cup Best in Show for its Cabernet Sauvignon Amarone Style 2008, a wine that is made from 100% estate Cabernet and produced with partially dried grapes in the Italian tradition. The grapes were grown at Bordeleau’s vineyard in Eden, Wicomico County, south of Salisbury. This is the first time that the Governor’s Cup “Best in Show” has been awarded to a winery from Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Owner and winemaker Tom Shelton is thrilled with the recognition. “This is a big deal and quite a prestigious honor,” said Shelton. “Wineries strive to earn this award and this is the second Best in Show honor in less than a month, so we are simply thrilled.“

Joe Fiola, Ph.D., University of Maryland Viticulturist and Small Fruit Specialist was excited to see unique blends getting recognized for their quality. “Both the white and red blends were phenomenal this year.”

Competition Director Al Spoler was impressed by the overall quality of submissions, especially from the newest wineries. “There were top wines from brand new wineries,” said Spoler. “This continues to prove that Maryland wineries are making world-class wines.“

About the Maryland Wineries Association

The Maryland Wineries Association is a non-profit trade organization representing Maryland’s 65+ wineries. Founded in 1984, the MWA’s mission is to develop and expand the grape and wine industry in Maryland through events, education and promotion. From the Eastern Shore to mountains of Western Maryland, and south to St. Mary’s County, wine is growing throughout Maryland.

2014 Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition Results


Bordeleau Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Amarone Style 2008


BEST WHITE: Albariño 2013 • Old Westminster Winery

BEST WHITE BLEND: White Oak 2013 • Rocklands Farm

BEST RED: Cabernet Sauvignon Amarone Style 2008 • Bordeleau Vineyard & Winery

BEST RED BLEND: Super Talbot 2011 • Little Ashby Vineyards

BEST ROSÉ: Chaptico Rosé 2012 • Port of Leonardtown Winery

BEST OFF-DRY: Traminette 2013• Linganore Winecellars

BEST FRUIT: McIntosh Run • Port of Leonardtown Winery

BEST SWEET: Piedmont Pleasure 2013 • Harford Vineyard

BEST DESSERT: Vidal Ice 2013 • Big Cork Vineyards

BEST FORTIFIED: Veritas Port 2012 • Boordy Vineyards


Big Cork Vineyards Traminette 2013

Big Cork Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Big Cork Vineyards Merlot 2012

Big Cork Vineyards Vidal Ice 2013

Big Cork Vineyards Viognier 2013

Boordy Vineyards Veritas Vintage Port 2012

Bordeleau Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Amarone 2008

Bordeleau Vineyard & Winery Chambourcin Lot 5

Harford Vineyard Paint the Town Red 2012

Harford Vineyard Peach Kissed 2013

Harford Vineyard Piedmont Pleasure 2013

Harmony Vineyards and Winery Merlot 2012

Knob Hall Winery Prestige 2012

Linganore Winecellars Abisso 2006

Linganore Winecellars Terrapin White 2013

Linganore Winecellars Traminette 2013

Little Ashby Vineyards Super Talbot 2011

Loew Vineyards Honey & Grape with Black Currant

Old Westminster Winery Albariño 2013

Port of Leonardtown Winery Autumn Frost 2013

Port of Leonardtown Winery Captain’s Table

Port of Leonardtown Winery Chambourcin 2013

Port of Leonardtown Winery Chaptico Rose 2012

Port of Leonardtown Winery McIntosh Run

Rocklands Farm White Oak 2013

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay Reserve 2013

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Circe 2013

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Evoe 2011

Log on to www.marylandwine.com for the complete list of medal winners.

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