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Two Baltimore County Vineyards Named "Best in Class"

First Lady Katie O'Malley announced 12 finalists and winner of wine competition

Towson, Maryland (September 5, 2013) – At a reception held by the Maryland Wineries Association on September 3 at the Evergreen Museum and Library on Charles Street, First Lady Katie O'Malley announced the finalists and winner of the 23rd Annual Maryland Governor's Cup Competition. The 2013 competition, held every year in August, is the premier contest of Maryland wines.

"Best in Class"

Boordy Vineyards' Vidal Blanc 2012 and Royal Rabbit Vineyards' Chatelaine 2012 took "Best in Class" from among 30 wineries/vineyards, placing them in the finalist category. The Governor's Cup Award, "Best in Show" went to Black Ankle Vineyards in Frederick County. Boordy Vineyards held this title last year for its Landmark Reserve 2010.

The competition is evaluated by three select teams of judges from the retail, wholesale, restaurant, and press segments of the industry.  The contest is "blind" - judges only know the composition of the wine, not the label, price, intended market or any other details.  

"This is a distinct honor for the wine industry in Baltimore County," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who was in attendance. "The industry now offers festivals, tasting rooms, weddings, parties - and it's still growing. I commend Governor O'Malley for recognizing these vineyards and wineries and the ever-developing wine business in Maryland."  

Additional Information

Gold, silver, and bronze medal winners can be found on the Maryland Wine website.