Virginia wines, including a mighty Barboursville vintage, impress Londoners at international fair

Virginia wines, including a mighty Barboursville vintage, impress Londoners at international fair

The Washington Post’s regular wine columnist, Dave McIntyre, couldn’t make it to the London International Wine Fair, but fortunately, Mary Jordan could, and reporting in today’s Post, she describes Virginia’s successful "efforts to step out on the world wine stage."

The United Kingdom remains the world’s largest wine importer, so it’s cause to celebrate when cork masters from fancy wine clubs say things like, "We are plenty suprised about Virginia wines."

Virginia’s wine industry continues to grow—one of the few agricultural enterprises on the rise in the state—and our Viognier was well received, Jordan says. There was also praise for the much-loved Cabernet Franc Reserve from Barboursville Vineyards. Barboursville winemaker Luca Paschina was among the dozen in attendance at the London fair.

"Virginia is not on my radar," said one South African winemaker, but after tasting the Cab Franc Reserve of Barboursville Vineyards’ winemaker Luca Paschina, above, it was.