Monday, August 17, 2009

The Winner is Announced for the two tickets to the 24th Annual Commonwealth Cup of Polo and Wine Tasting Event

DC This Week had two tickets for the first reader who correctly answered all of the Virginia wine country facts by last Friday. The FREE tickets are for The Commonwealth Polo Cup and Wine Festival at the Plains. Congrats to Calita W. for answering all of these questions. See you on the polo field this September.

Still want tickets? DC This Week will have another set to give away next week so check back for details.(see answers below)

How many wine regions are there across the great State of Virginia? Nine! Yes nine, not five. (Blue Ridge, Central Virginia, Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Virginia, Hampton Roads, Heart of Appalachia, Northern Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Souther Virginia.

Which famous president had a failed attempt to cultivate European grapes at his Monticello Vineyard? Thomas Jefferson.

How may vineyards call Virginia home today? 140 and growing. Virginia is a growing, nationally-recognized wine region with more than 140 wineries spanning from the Eastern Shore to the Heart of Appalachia.

What is the oldest North American varietal that was cultivated and made into wine prior to the Civil War? Norton. A Virginia native Norton was named the “best red wine of all nations” at the Vienna World’s Fair of 1873. Nortons are deeply colored, age-worthy wines with rich, fruity aromas and flavors. They complement red meat, smoked meat, wild game, rock fish and many cheeses.

What wine variety comprises almost 20 percent of Virginia's total Vinifera production harvest? Chardonnay The Chardonnay variety comprised 19 percent of Virginia’s total Vinifera production harvest in 2007.

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