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By . December 1st, 2016. Posted in Latest News

The history of Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is enriched by these stories of interest about our vineyard and winery, events, wines, honors and recognitions and community relationships.

2015 MD Governor’s Cup: SMV Chardonnay Reserve 2014 Wins Best in Class!

The Annual Governor’s Cup Competition of Maryland has released its results and we were awarded a medal for each wine that we submitted. We have received the honor of a Best in Class award: Best White Wine in Maryland, for our Chardonnay Reserve 2014! With this award, we have also received a Gold Medal.

Gold Medals: Chardonnay Reserve 2014, Comus 2012, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012
Silver Medals: Cabernet Franc 2012, Pinot Grigio 2014, Circe 2013, EVOE! 2011

11th Annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition Results

SMV Comus 2012 won Gold; our Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012, Circe 2013, and Pinot Grigio 2014 won Silver; and Cabernet Franc 2012 and Viognier 2014 won Bronze at the 11th Annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition on July 25 & 26, 2015. The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) is one of the oldest wine organizations located on the East Coast. Established in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association (VWGA), it was an early supporter of planting world-class Vinifera wine grapes, the production of quality commercial wines, and the building of a wine industry along the Eastern seaboard. Today, the ASWA is a national and international wine trade association that works with state and national legislatures to resolve issues that challenge the U.S. wine industry.

SMV Wins at the Maryland Winemasters Choice Awards 2015

The Winemasters Choice Awards is a competition among all wines made in Maryland wines (whether MD appellation or not)– judged by winemakers and assistant winemakers of Maryland. It provides an opportunity for winemakers to taste and critique the wines of Maryland along with other judges, all with an eye on highlighting the best wines produced by our industry. This year, SMV Penelope 2014, Chardonnay 2014, and Pinot Grigio 2014 won silver medals and our Chardonnay Unoaked 2014, Chardonnay Reserve 2014, Viognier 2014, Rose’ 2014, and Cabernet Franc 2012 won bronze medals.

SMV Wins at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2012 Cabernet Franc won a Silver medal, and 2012 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 2013 Circe, and 2012 Comus won Bronze medals at the 2015 Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. This competition is the world’s largest charitable wine competition to benefit Camp Good Days. 3,708 wines were entered from 27 countries, including wines from all 50 US States and 6 Canadian Provinces. The wines were judged by 73 of the World’s top judges from 20 countries.

SMV Wins 4 Medals at the 2015 International Eastern Wine Competition

SMV brought home multiple awards from the International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC), where judging took place on February 10 & 11. Our Cabernet Franc 2012 won Gold, Comus 2012 and Circe 2013 both won Silver, and our Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012 won Bronze. Established in 1975, IEWC is one of the oldest and largest professional wine competitions in the United States. Entries are available to wineries produced in the East, making it truly a regional affair.

SMV Wins at the 2014 Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition

Results have been released for the 2014 Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition, and our wines earned three gold and two silver medals. EVOE! 2011, Circe 2011 and Chardonnay Reserve 2013 all won gold medals; Comus 2012 and Cabernet Franc won silver medals.

SMV Named “Best Winery”

Thank you to our loyal customers, fans and Washingtonian readers for bestowing our latest title of “Best Winery”, featured in the July 2014 “The Best of Washington” issue.

SMV Wines Win Awards at International Competition

Six SMV wines, whites and reds, were awarded silver or bronze medals in the Tasters Guild International’s Twenty-Seventh Annual International Wine Judging, May 2014. SMV’s Penelope 2013, Chardonnay 2013, Evoe 2011 and Cabernet Franc 2011 won silver medals and SMV’s Viognier 2013 and Comus 2012 won bronze medals. Thirty experienced judges from around the country completed over 2,000 evaluations of wine from 8 countries and 37 states/provinces. The judging panels were comprised of wine professionals.

SMV Voted the Washington Post Express “BEST OF 2013: Vineyard”

For the second year in a row, SMV has topped the list as best vineyard in the annual “Best Of” issue, published by The Washington Post Express on October 17, 2013! Conducted through a region-wide nominating and voting process with thousands of participants, the issue presents “the best of everything D.C. has to offer” – favorite restaurants, bars, attractions, people and… vineyards! We’d like to thank our loyal customers and the voting public for this honor. In our “Vineyard” category, we faced an impressive list of competitors, with kudos to our good friends in Virginia – Barrel Oak Winery and Tarara Winery – for their second and third place finishes. With this honor, SMV continues to show the excellence of Maryland wineries. Check out all of the results, and SMV’s listing. Thank you again for your votes!

SMV Awarded Proclamation for Being the Area’s Best Winery

In recognition of its commitment to quality, being voted the “BEST OF…”, and other awards and honors for its wines, the Montgomery County Council presented SMV with a proclamation at its November 5, 2013 meeting. The proclamation declares SMV Montgomery County’s best winery and was accompanied by kind words regarding SMV’s commitment to quality and success in wine making.

SMV Wins Medals at 2013 U.S. National Wine Competition

SMV won two silver medals for 2011 Circe and 2011 Comus at the U.S. National Wine Competition, celebrating wines from all 50 states. Each wine was judged on its own merits by qualified, experienced judges from the wine industry, wine journalism, wine trade and restaurants.

2013 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition Awards SMV with Several Medals

SMV won 4 silver medals (2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 2011 Comus, 2010 EVOE!, 2012 Pinot Grigio) and 2 bronze medals (2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Circe) at the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition on July 20 & 21, 2013. The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) is one of the oldest wine organizations located on the East Coast. Established in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association (VWGA), it was an early supporter of planting world-class Vinifera wine grapes, the production of quality commercial wines, and the building of a wine industry along the Eastern seaboard. Today, the ASWA is a national and international wine trade association that works with state and national legislatures to resolve issues that challenge the U.S. wine industry.

SMV Wins “Best in Show” and Other Medals at the MD Winemasters Choice Competition 2014

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard’s Chardonnay 2013 won the coveted “Best in Show” award. This year’s competition was the largest, with 131 wines entered. Fifteen judges, representatives of the wine industry, judged 27 flights of wine. In addition to “Best in Show” for the Chardonnay 2013, SMV’s Chardonnay Reserve 2013 and Evoe 2011 won gold medals; Rose 2013 and Anticipation 2012 won silver medals and the Penelope 2013, Circe 2013, Viognier 2013 and Comus 2012 won bronze medals. 2013 was obviously a great year for winemaking at SMV.

SMV Wins at the 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2011 Evoe! and 2011 Comus both won Silver medals in the “Red Blend – Vinefera” category, and 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve won a Bronze medal at the 2014 Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition to benefit Camp Good Days, the world’s largest charitable wine competition. 3,756 wines were entered from 20 countries, including wines from all 50 US States and 6 Canadian Provinces. The wines were judged by 75 of the World’s top judges from 16 countries.

2010 Evoe! Voted “Best Red Wine”

SMV’s 2010 Evoe! was voted “Best Red Wine” in the Drink Local Grand Tasting and Twitter Taste Off. The contest was the highlight of the 5th Annual Drink Local Wine Conference held in Baltimore on April 13, 2013. Over 400 people tasted wines from 26 Maryland wineries, then tweeted their comments about the wines and voted for their favorites.

2010 Evoe! Wins Gold Medal in the 2013 World Wine Championships

The Beverage Tasting Institute has awarded our 2010 Evoe! a 2013 World Wine Championships gold medal, in the Bordeaux Varietal Blend, Red category, after a tasting on February 11 at their Chicago Tasting Room. They gave it a rating of 91 points (exceptional). Click here to check out our listing at Tastings.com.

SMV Wins Big at the 2013 International Eastern Wine Competition

In the 2013 International Eastern Wine Competition, SMV’s 2011 Comus won a Best of Class and Gold in the Red Bordeaux type blend category, and the 2011 Circe and 2010 Evoe! won silver medals in the same category. Over 800 wines were entered in the competition, which is the oldest, largest professional wine competition in the United States. All of the judges were professionals in the wine industry.

2012 Chardonnay Wins Double Gold and Best in Class

SMV’s 2012 Chardonnay won Double Gold and Best in Class (White Varietal), and our 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve won a Gold medal at the 2013 Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition. 2011 Comus, 2010 Evoe! and 2012 Rosé all won Silver medals. 2012 Circe and 2012 Pinot Grigio brought home Bronze medals. We currently have under 30 cases left in stock of Chardonnay 2012…so come stock up while supplies last! The Cabernet Franc Reserve will be the next Bacchus Club exclusive, with a planned release of Spring 2014. Click here to see the full listing of winners.

2011 Comus Wins “Best in Show” at 2013 Maryland Winemasters Choice Competition

SMV won top honors at the 7th Annual Winemasters Choice competion. Other medals won include a gold medal for 2011 Comus and silver medals for our 2010 EVOE!, 2012 Pinot Grigio, 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Rosé, and 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve. Over 25 winemakers judged the competition alongside members of the trade, tasting over 100 wines in 25 flights.

2010 Evoe! Wins Double Gold at Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2010 Evoe! won Double Gold and 2011 Circe and 2011 Comus both won Silver medals in the “Red Blend – Vinefera” category at the 13th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition to benefit Camp Good Days, the world’s largest charitable wine competition. 3,505 wines were entered from 20 countries, including wines from all 50 US States and 4 Canadian Provinces. The wines were judged by 70 of the World’s top judges from 14 countries.

Senator Ben Cardin Visits SMV

Friday, July 26, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) toured our facilities at the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard. The visit was the first stop in Montgomery County for his ‘Made in Maryland’ tour of companies that are making innovative products and reinvesting in our communities to help grow Maryland’s economy. Following the tour, Senator Cardin was joined by local businesses, including other Maryland wineries, catering and tourism representatives to discuss how the federal government could best support regional businesses.

“Small businesses like Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard are at the heart of Maryland’s and the nation’s economic recovery. My Made in Maryland tour is designed to highlight the diverse products being produced in our great state. We’re also celebrating the hardworking Marylanders who make these products, and the companies who are providing jobs in our local communities. America’s manufacturing sector and our innovators have played a major role in reviving our economy and creating the strongest middle class in history.

“There is so much commonsense, federal legislation Congress can pass to help small businesses and the middle class. Immigration reform, tax reform, and a farm bill would all give small businesses the resources and certainty they need to grow. When companies like Sugarloaf Mountain succeed, so do local economies, the middle class and the Nation as a whole. I am committed to making sure they have the tools they need to do exactly that. ”

SMV Listed as a Top Summer Date by the Washington Post

A hike at Sugarloaf Mountain, followed by a visit to SMV is listed as one of the top 10 summer dates in the July 5, 2013 issue of the Washington Post. Click here to read the full article.

SMV Voted the Washington Post Express “BEST OF 2012: Vineyard”

We thank YOU, our loyal customers and the voting public for honoring SMV as the best vineyard in the annual “Best Of” issue, published by The Washington Post Express on October 18! Conducted through a region-wide nominating and voting process with thousands of participants, the issue presents “the best of everything D.C. has to offer” – favorite restaurants, bars, attractions, people and… vineyards! With locations ranging from Delaware to North Carolina, the “Best Of” list traverses well beyond the DC Metro area. In our “Vineyard” category, we faced an impressive list of competitors, with kudos to our good friends in Virginia – Barboursville Vineyard and Bluemont Vineyard – for their second and third place finishes. With this honor, it is clear that Maryland wineries have made a definitive mark on the wine trail! Check out all of the results, and SMV’s listing. Thank you again for your votes!

SMV Winners at 2012 Maryland Governor’s Cup

The 24th Annual Governor’s Cup Competition was held on August 19 in Timonium, and after a long day tasting through 29 flights of over 140 wines, the judges have identified some of the best wines in Maryland. Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard’s Comus 2010 won Gold; Chardonnay 2011, Evoe! 2009, and Pinot Grigio 2011 won Silver; and Circe 2011 won Bronze. Judges awarded 23 gold, 40 silver and 35 bronze medals to wines throughout the day.

SMV Wines Win MORE Medals

SMV 2010 Comus brought home a gold medal from the 2012 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition. SMV’s 2011 Chardonnay and 2009 Evoe were awarded bronze medals. The ASWC competition is an annual event. This year 495 wines were entered from 17 states along the US Atlantic Seaboard and over 20 judges participated.

The 2012 U.S. National Wine Competition in Santa Rosa, California has awarded SMV’s 2010 Comus and 2009 Evoe bronze medals. This competition’s focus is on representing the multitude of grape varieties shore-to-shore that are unique to our nation’s historical footprint.

Additionally, in the 2012 Maryland Winemasters Choice Awards, SMV’s 2011 Chardonnay and 2009 Evoe both won silver medals, and 2010 Comus, 2011 Rosé, and 2011 Pinot Grigio all won bronze medals.

In the 2012 International Eastern Wine Competition, SMV’s 2010 Chardonnay won a silver medal in the Chardonnay category, and the 2010 Comus and 2009 Evoe won silver medals in the Red Bordeaux type blends category. Over 800 wines were entered in the competition, which is the oldest, largest professional wine competition in the United States. All of the judges were professionals in the wine industry.

More Medals Awarded to SMV Wines

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard’s wines won gold, silver and bronze medals in the 2010 MD Governor’s Cup Competition. The SMV Evoe, a Bordeaux style blend, won a gold medal. Silver medals were awarded to SMV’s Chardonnay Reserve 08, and to Circe 09 and Comus Reserve, both red blends. The SMV Pinot Grigio 09 won a bronze medal. Ninety three wines were entered in the competition; the 15 judges, all experienced in the various aspects of the wine industry, were divided into three panels. These awards bring the total number of awards Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard wines have won to over 70. We are proud of our accomplishments and invite you to come taste our award winning wines.

SMV Wins Best of Show and More at the 4th Annual Maryland Winemasters Choice Competition

On May 20th, fourteen winemakers and twelve other judges gathered for the 4th Annual Maryland Winemasters Choice Competition. After 140 wines were tasted and judged, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard came away with nine awards, including the top prize for our Comus Reserve 2007: the 2010 Winemasters Choice Award, Best in Show. In addition this, the Reserve also received Best of Class of Dry Red Blends, as well as a Gold Medal. And the stellar performances did not stop there! SMV was also awarded Gold Medals for Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, a Silver Medal for Evoe! 2007, and three Bronze Medals for Cabernet Franc 2008, Chardonnay 2007 and Pinot Grigio 2009. We are proud to share these achievements with you, and encourage you to come by to taste and enjoy these award winning wines!

SMV Joined June 6th Bethesda Central Farmers Market Event Featured in Washington Post “All We Can Eat” Blog

On Sunday June 6th SMV joined the Bethesda Central Farm Market for a special event for winemakers and farmers markets. Mitch Berliner, co-founder of the BCFM and long-time champion of allowing wineries to participate in farmers markets, welcomed Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Del. Brian Feldman, to commemorate and celebrate a new law just in effect June 1 which makes it easier for Maryland’s wineries to sell at area farmers markets. Del. Feldman, Chair of the Montgomery County delegation to the State Legislature and the measure’s local sponsor made a special presentation of the pen used to sign the Maryland Wine and Farm Market bill by Governor Martin O’Malley. SMV is the first winery to apply for this permit under the new law. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post writer and blogger, also promoted the event in his blog posting. To read Dave’s full blog, click here.

Six Awards for SMV at the 2010 International Eastern Wine Competition

On May 19-21 the 2010 International Eastern Wine Competition was held in the Finger Lakes region of New York, and Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard was honored with six medals, including three Silvers for our Evoe! 2007, Comus Reserve 2007, and Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007, and three Bronzes for our Pinot Grigio 2009, Cabernet Franc 2008 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. With over 2,200 wine entries from 16 countries and 34 states, the IEWC is one of the oldest and largest competitions in the United States, and the judges represent major east coast markets from Miami to Toronto. We are proud of another great showing at this year’s competition. Come by the vineyard and taste these award winning wines!

SMV Wins Two Silver Medals

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard’s 2007 Comus Reserve and 2007 Chardonnay both brought home silver medals in the 2010 Grand Harvest Wine Competition, an international wine competition held on February 24 – 25 in Sonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park, California.

SMV Wins 2 Gold, 1 Silver at 2009 American Wine Society’s Commercial Wine Competition

Three Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard wines won medals at the American Wine Society’s 2009 Commercial Wine Competition held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in early October. Our 2007 EVOE! – just released for sale on November 8 – won a Gold medal, as did our 2007 Cabernet Franc Reserve. Our 2008 Cabernet Franc – also just released on November 8 – brought home a Silver medal. Eighty-six wineries from across the United States, Canada, South Africa and as far away as Australia competed. Out of nearly 500 wines entered, only 30 Golds were awarded. We are greatly honored that SMV won two. We are one of eight wineries winning two gold medals in this competition; of this group only four are East Coast wineries.

SMV Paired with Top Chef at The Taste of Wheaton Event

GiraMondo Wine Adventures held their annual “Taste of Wheaton” Ethnic Food and Wine Tasting Event on Sunday May 17, 2009, in Wheaton Maryland. Hosted by Laurent Guinand of GiraMondo, the event had a unique touch by providing an ethnic food and wine experience with three tasting tables featuring Latin American, Asian and European cuisines. As an added treat at the European tasting table, Bravo’s ‘Top Chef: New York’ finalist Carla Hall created a dish that was paired with Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard’s own Comus Bordeaux blend! Additionally, Comus was featured as one of the premier wine tastings. The event was well attended and the tables were sold out within the first hour. Visit GiraMondo at www.giramondowine.com to learn more about their services and adventures.

SMV Architecture Included in “Design Excellence” Exhibit

The SMV Winery architecture was featured in the exhibition “Pitch Perfect: Design Excellence in the Region” held at the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Virginia from April through August 2009. The exhibition was sponsored by the VA Society of the American Institute of Architects and featured winners of the regional 2008 Awards for Excellence in Architecture. Between 2007 and 2008, five separate awards from AIA’s area chapters have been bestowed on SMV’s winery and its architects, Cunningham and Quill PLLC. The awards include two 2008 Awards of Excellence. For information about the Virginia Center for Architecture, visit www.virginiaarchitecture.org.

SMV Wines Served at The Kennedy Center

We are greatly honored that select wines from Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard have been included on the wine menu at The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Restaurant since 2007. SMV is the first local or Maryland winery to achieve this distinction. Our vintages are served by the bottle or glass in the restaurant and at the wine bars during performances. We hope The Kennedy Center patrons enjoy our award winning wines, and will develop a lengthy relationship with SMV.

SMV’s Winery Architecture Honored at AIA Maryland Design Awards

In September 2007, the Society of the American Institute of Architects, Maryland chapter, honored recipients of their 2007 AIA Maryland Design Awards. SMV extends its congratulations for the Citation Award given to Cunningham | Quill Architects, PLLC for their work of notable accomplishment in designing our winery. Among 48 firms participating from across the state of Maryland, award recognition was given to only 25 of the 142 project entries. In addition to the professional categories, AIA Maryland held its first annual Student Design Awards with both winning entries featuring Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard as the subject. Our congratulations also to architecture students Florence Ho and Brian Essig, both of the University of Maryland, College Park for this outstanding recognition from their professional peers.



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