PR – Wine & Country Shop Hosting Wine Tasting of Horton Vineyards’ Governor’s Cup Winning Wine

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (April 2019) – Charlottesville Wine & Country is offering a special new wine experience at its Wine & Country Shop, located at 4416 Ivy Road. Shannon Horton, of Horton Vineyards, will be pouring Horton’s 2016 Petit Manseng, winner of the 2019 Governor’s Cup, on Saturday, April 13. Attendees will have the chance to try the celebrated white wine and learn more about Horton’s history from 1–4 p.m.

Horton’s win in this year’s Governor’s Cup marked an exciting feat for white wines in the prestigious competition. Not only was the Petit Manseng one of a few select white wines to ever win the cup, but it was also the first Petit Manseng to ever receive the award. The win was especially touching after the recent passing of the vineyard’s acclaimed founder and winemaker Dennis Horton, who received the Gordon Murchie Lifetime Achievement Award at the Governor’s Cup in 2011. Dennis’s daughter, Shannon, as well as his wife, Sharon, and granddaughter, Caitlin, all of whom are now continuing the family business, were present to accept and celebrate this year’s win and honor the legacy of Dennis and his hardworking team.

Their second Governor’s Cup, Horton Vineyards has gained regional and national recognition for its craft. Officially put on the map by the Virginia Wineries Association, the vineyard’s Petit Manseng continues to impress wine lovers with its unique flavor. The white wine is characterized as having sweet tropical fruits, wiped clean by a fierce blaze of blinding acidity, creating a sumptuous, golden wine widely celebrated by the industry. 

Visit the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop to try the award-winning Petit Manseng and to socialize with Shannon and other wine lovers alike. As one of only two retailers in the area to carry the award-winning vintage, the Wine & Country Shop has also created a “Governor’s Cup Case” for sale. The Case will include a combination of 12 wines that won a gold award at either the 2018 or 2019 Governor’s Cup Awards, and is a unique offering in this area.

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