Fauquier County’s Third Annual Wine Tasting & Competition attracted 500 wine connoisseurs and 14 local wineries to Airlie on Saturday, February 25th, creating a festive atmosphere that spotlighted and recognized some of the region’s best wines.

The event, sponsored by the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development and hosted by Airlie, featured two competitions: a professional tasting by three certified wine 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.

Following are the official results of the competition:

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
    (What does this mean?… From 11:30am – 12:30pm, we had an hour of B2B networking.  Attendees primarily included restaurants, wine shops, inns, and other distribution points for selling wines.  Blue Valley received the most votes by industry professionals.)
  • BEST IN SHOW
    Chateau O’Brien Winery

2012 Limited Reserve Tannat
(What does this mean?…  This winery received the most votes in total – red, white & industry votes.)

PROFESSIONAL COMPETITION

  • BEST IN SHOW

Chateau O’Brien Winery

2012 Chateau O’Brien Limited Reserve Tannat
(What does this mean?…  This winery received the most votes for overall favorite.)

 

  • BEST WHITE WINE

Desert Rose Ranch Winery

2016 Desert Rose “Uncork the Cure” Cancer

 

  • HONORABLE MENTION – BEST WHITE

Vint Hill Craft Winery

2015 Vint Hill Traminette

 

  • BEST RED WINE

Chateau O’Brien Winery

2012 Chateau O’Brien Limited Reserve Tannat

 

  • HONORABLE MENTION – BEST RED

Aspen Dale Winery

Non-vintage Parris Country Blend Merlot

 

  • BEST ROSE’

Blue Valley Vineyard

2015 Blue Valley Rose’

 

“This year marked the third time for the County’s Wine Tasting and Competition and it was the best one yet! 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!” said Fauquier County Department of Economic Development Director, Miles Friedman.

One competition wine at each winery table was paired with a featured hors d’oeuvre, prepared by Airlie’s world-class chefs, during the tastings and competitions. The wine/food pairings were accented with cheese boards and fresh bread & fruit around the tasting room. The evening concluded with a sold-out wine dinner, featuring a five-course meal prepared by Airlie and paired with wines from event participants. The Elizabeth Lawrence Band and Leon Rector provided live music throughout the day.