Amissville, VA: Virginia’s reputation and prestige as a producer of high quality wines continues to grow. On August 20th, the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association® held its Thirteenth Annual Wine Competition and voted Rappahannock County’s Narmada Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve 2013 Best Of Show.
Narmada Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve 2013 was also awarded the Best of Category – Cabernet Franc, and a Gold Medal. “We are delighted to be among the 38 Gold Medal Winners from Virginia,” says Narmada’s owner and winemaker Sudha Patil. “Receiving the Best of Show is quite an honor among such a prestigious array of distinguished wines.”
Virginia took more than half of the 73 Gold Medals, competing against ten states along the Atlantic seaboard. In all, 467 wines were entered this year. New York wines received 11 golds, with the remaining distributed among Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Rappahannock neighboring wineries Gray Ghost Vineyards and Magnolia Vineyards also medaled.
Sudha Patil’s tasting notes for Narmada Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve 2013 read “Aromas suggest spice and earth underpinned by a hint of violet. On the palate, full and rich, laden with berry, clove and black pepper. Good acidity and tannic grip ensure a long-lived wine. Finish is earthy, rounded with coffee and beguiling violet nuances.” Suggested food pairings include two vegetarian dishes as well as Sudha’s favorite lamb recipe: wild mushroom risotto; vegetable jalfrezi, and Indian-spiced lamb chops. Recipes are available by emailing the winery at [email protected]
“Our Cabernet Franc Reserve has long been a favorite of our wine club members,” Sudha says. The wine is generally marketed as a wine club exclusive, but through the end of September will be available to the general public. Narmada Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve 2013 retails at $34 a bottle, and is available at the Amissville winery or through its website at http://narmadawinery.orderport.net/wines/Wine
The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association® is one of the oldest wine organizations located on the East Coast. Established in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association, it was an early supporter of planting world-class vinifera wine grapes and the production of quality wines in our region. The ASWA competition’s mission is to bring attention to the wines and wineries along the Atlantic seaboard.
Each December, ASWA in cooperation with the Congressional Wine Caucus hosts a gala awards ceremony at the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill. For more information: http://www.aswawines.org/Home.aspx
Founded in 2009, Narmada Winery is located in Rappahannock County, VA, one hour west of Washington, DC. Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns are nearby attractions. The winery offers a selection of tasting flights, each with a different flavor profile. Narmada Winery’s Tasting Room, Pavilion, and Wine Cellar are available for private parties, weddings, corporate off-site events or other special occasions. For more information: [email protected]