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Hollingsworth wins four silver medals at 2014 Governor’s Cup

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Mark Hollingsworth displays The Dog and Oyster Vineyard’s recent award winners.

The Dog and Oyster Vineyard, 170 White Fences Drive, Irvington, continues to amaze wine competition judges. Winegrower and co-owner Mark Hollingsworth recently captured more medals.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe last week announced The Dog and Oyster won four silver medals at the 2014 Governor’s Cup.

The Dog and Oyster’s award-winning wines are the 2012 Oyster White (Chardonel), 2012 Pearl (Vidal Blanc), 2012 Rosie (Rose’) and 2012 Merlot.

Co-owner Dudley Patteson noted this was Hollingsworth’s first opportunity at making wine and this his first Governor’s Cup.

Out of 258 wineries in Virginia, The Dog and Oyster’s medal performance put it in the “top 30” when one includes the 16 gold medal winners and 13 others who won four or more silvers, said Patteson.

“What makes this honor even more remarkable is unlike many of the other big winners, Mark is this vineyard’s self-taught winegrower and not a winemaker hired from the outside,” said Patteson.

Also of significance, The Dog and Oyster grapes were 100% estate grown Irvington grapes—not grapes purchased from other vineyards, he said.

Let’s just say there will be a limited offering of the 2012 Dog and Oyster Merlot this year because the decision has been made to bottle age most of it for another one to two years and resubmit it to a future Governor’s Cup and other competitions, added Patteson.
“This is one of those wines you buy to hold,” said Hollingsworth.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 03.12.2014

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