Two Virginians are among the “20 Most Admired People in the North American Wine Industry,” according to Vineyard & Winery Management magazine.
The trade magazine based in California recognized Luca Paschina, general manager and winemaker of Barboursville Vineyards, and Lucie Morton, one of the state’s longtime viticulture consultants, in its November-December issue.
The list was compiled by a panel of North American winemakers, grape growers, wine writers, educators, buyers, sommeliers and consultants. Others named to the list included Eric Asimov, chief wine critic of The New York Times; Ted Baseler, CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Paul Draper, CEO and winemaker of Ridge Vineyards; Jerry Lohr, founder of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; and Kevin Zraly, wine educator.
The complete list is available online at www.vwmmedia.com.
In addition, Wine Enthusiast magazine recently awarded Gianni Zonin, owner of Barboursville Vineyards, with its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. The magazine also recognized Eric Trump, owner of Trump Estate Vineyards & Winery, with its 2013 Rising Star Award.
According to figures released by the Virginia Wine Marketing Office, the state currently ranks fifth in the nation with 240 wineries and is tied with Texas as the nation's fifth largest wine grape producing state.
For more information about the Virginia wine industry, call 804-344-8200 or go online to www.virginiawine.org.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun