Word has already reached California: Virginia wine is something to talk about.
Made in Crozet, Va., by White Hall Vineyards, the “Bellgrade Red” – a private label wine only served at Ruth’s Chris Steak House locations in the Richmond and Virginia Beach areas – was recently awarded the Silver Medal at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Hailed as the largest competition of American wines, the weeklong competition in Sonoma County, Calif., had 60 professional wine experts testing and evaluating over 5,000 wines.
“We are excited to announce the panel chose our Ruth’s Chris Private Label Bellgrade Red Blend as a Silver Medal winner in this very prestigious competition,” says Daniel O’Neill, the wine director for the Richmond area’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
The Red Blend, a dry wine with intense aromas of plum, blackberry and vanilla, medium body with smooth tannins and a velvety, pepper finish, is composed primarily of Petit Verdot, with Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The bottle’s label is a watercolor depiction of The Manor House by local dentist and artist Dr. Baxter Perkinson; the house dates back to 1732 and is currently home to the Richmond area’s Ruth Chris Steak House on W. Hugenot Rd. in Midlothian.
The Bellgrade Red Blend is available at the Ruth’s Chris locations in Richmond and Virginia Beach. For more information, visit http://www.ruthschris.com/Restaurant-Locations/richmond-midlothian.