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, grapegrowers, 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, call 804-344-8200 or go online to www.virginiawine.org.