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March 7, 2017

Chateau O’Brien Winery wins county competition

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About 500 people attended the Third Annual Wine Tasting & Competition at Airlie last month.
Fauquier County’s Third Annual Wine Tasting & Competition drew 500 people and 14 local wineries to Airlie on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The Fauquier County Department of Economic Development hosted the event, which featured a professional tasting by three certified judges and a “People’s Choice” competition that determined winners by popular vote. Each competition had four categories, and seven different wineries took home awards:

People’s Choice Awards

• Best Red — Chateau O’Brien Winery 2012 Limited Reserve Tannat

• Best White — Blue Valley Vineyards 2015 Estate Sauvignon Blanc

• Industry/Wine Buyers’ Best — Blue Valley Vineyards

• Best in Show — Chateau O’Brien Winery 2012 Limited Reserve Tannat

Professional Judging

• Best in Show — Chateau O’Brien Winery 2012 Chateau O’Brien Limited Reserve Tannat

• Best White — Desert Rose Ranch Winery 2016 Desert Rose “Uncork the Cure” Cancer

• Honorable Mention/White — Vint Hill Craft Winery 2015 Vint Hill Traminette

• Best Red — Chateau O’Brien Winery 2012 Chateau O’Brien Limited Reserve Tannat

• Honorable Mention/Red — Aspen Dale Winery Non-vintage Parris Country Blend Merlot

• Best Rosé — Blue Valley Vineyard 2015 Blue Valley Rosé

“This year marked the third time for the County’s Wine Tasting and Competition and it was the best one yet,” county Economic Development Director Miles Friedman said. “The turnout was the largest so far, with 500 people participating in various segments of the event, with attendees coming from all over Virginia and Maryland to taste our local Virginia wines.

“We expect that this event, and our partnership with the local wine industry will continue to grow.”
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