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Gray Ghost Scores Four Golds in California to Kick -Off the Season!

January 28, 2019



Gray Ghost’s 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 Petit Verdot, 2017 Chardonnay and 2017 Adieu captured Gold medal honors at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in California! Of note, Gray Ghost’s Reserve Cabernet was the only NON-California Cabernet to win Gold in the $50-$54.99 price range category! This is also the second time Gray Ghost’s Petit Verdot has won Gold in this competition. Gray Ghost took home more Golds than any other Virginia winery.


Hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world, the San Francisco Chronicle Competition received over 6,800 entries from 1000 wineries.


“In the land of East Coast winemaking, nothing makes us prouder than to earn a Gold on a Cabernet Sauvignon in a California wine competition. It is no secret that Cabernet is King on the West Coast, so that Gold makes us especially happy,” comments Al Kellert, owner and winemaker with his wife Cheryl.

 

“The San Francisco Chronicle results were a great way to kick off our 25th Anniversary as a winery in Rappahannock County,” said Amy K Payette, Director of Marketing. “And this on the heels of completing the 2018 competition season with 128 medals including 5 Best of Class and 40 Platinum, Double Gold and Gold!”


Gray Ghost Awarded Two   "Best of Category"at Reception on Capitol Hill

December 18, 2018


The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association presented Gray Ghost Vineyards and owners and winemakers Al and Cheryl Kellert with two “Best of Category” awards at its annual Capitol Hill awards presentation on Tuesday, December 11 in Washington, D.C. Gray Ghost’s winning wines were the 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon for “Best Cabernet Sauvignon” and 2016 Reserve Chardonnay for “Best Chardonnay”.


The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association promotes American wine produced in the seventeen eastern states: all those that touch the Atlantic Ocean plus West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Vermont. This trade organization was founded in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association and renamed in 2008 to reflect an expanded regional focus.


ASWA’s mission is to increase awareness of the fine wines of the Atlantic seaboard through trade and consumer education.



Gray Ghost Awarded “Best of Class” topping West Coast wines in California!
July 5, 2018


Gray  Ghost’s 2017 Gewurztraminer took “Best of Class” and Double Gold honors  at the 2018 International Womens' Wine Competition held in Sonoma,  California!  Gray Ghost outperformed wines from Santa Barbara and  Temecula Valley, California as well as Oregon and Washington State to  take top honors.  This is the fifth award Gray Ghost’s Gewurztraminer  has won in California and its 8th since the wine’s release in May. Gray  Ghost’s 2017 Adieu also took home Gold.

 

Owned and operated by  Wine Competitions Management & Productions, the judging took place  June 19-20, 2018 in Sonoma County, California. More than 1,190 wines  were entered in the competition. Judges awarded a total of 9 Best of  Show awards, 56 Best of Class designations, and 171 gold medals.


Gray Ghost Strikes Gold in California, Sweeps Three Competitions!
March 16, 2018


Gray  Ghost’s 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon won Gold in the ultra-premium  Cabernet ($40.01-$75) category in the International Eastern wine  competition held in California.  Gray Ghost swept the first three  California wine competitions of the year, taking home a total of 10  medals – one Gold, four Silver and five Bronze.   In addition to the  International Eastern Wine Competition, Gray Ghost medaled on four wines  in the San Francisco Chronicle competition and three wines in the New  World International Wine Competition.  Gray Ghost’s 2014 Reserve  Cabernet won in all three competitions and the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon  snagged two silvers.


“In a region where Cabernet is King, it was  quite an honor to take home six medals on Cabernet Sauvignons in  California,” comments Al Kellert, owner and winemaker with his wife  Cheryl. 


The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the  largest competition of American Wines in the world, receiving almost  7,000 entries from 36 states.  The International Eastern is one of the  longest running competitions in the country, established in the 1970s.

 

Gray Ghost Finishes Year on Top!
January 17, 2018


Gray  Ghost completed the 2017 competition season with its premier wines  taking top honors on the last three competition announcements of the  year! Gray Ghost won Platinum on the 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and  2016 Adieu at the Savor Virginia Magazine Wine Classic.  Gray Ghost’s  2016 Adieu took “Best Dessert Wine” and Double Gold honors at the Wines  of the South Competition in Tennessee while the 2014 Reserve Cabernet  Sauvignon won Gold at the Wine Lovers of Tasters Guild Consumer  competition in Michigan.  Gray Ghost’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016  Gewurztraminer and 2016 Seyval Blanc also won Gold in the Savor Virginia  Magazine Wine Classic. 


This is the 15th consecutive year Gray  Ghost surpassed the 100 medal mark, making it the most awarded Virginia  winery.  Of the 107 medals earned in 2017, Gray Ghost took Best of Class  honors, three Double Golds and Platinums and 11 Golds.  Gray Ghost uses  wine competitions to compare its wines to top producers around the  world.  


“While we are personally excited for Gray Ghost’s  success, we are even more thrilled with the recognition Virginia is  receiving for producing world class wines,” said Al Kellert, co-owner  and winemaker at Gray Ghost.


Gray Ghost Captures Gold in California!
January 23, 2017


 

Gray  Ghost’s 2014 Petit Verdot captured Gold medal honors at the 2017 San  Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in California!  Gray Ghost also won  Silver honors for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 Adieu and the  Reserve Chardonnay won bronze.
Hailed as the largest competition of  American wines in the world, the San Francisco Chronicle Competition  received over 7,000 entries from 28 states.


“What we are  particularly excited about with this announcement is the Gold and Silver  wins on red wines in California.  It is no secret that California  prides itself on their red wine production, so to receive such high  awards with Virginia red wine in California is quite an honor,” comments  Al Kellert, owner and winemaker with his wife Cheryl. 


Gray Ghost Finishes Year with Top Awards
December 28, 2016


Gray  Ghost completed the 2016 competition season taking top honors on the  last three competition announcements of the year!  Gray Ghost's 2015  Vidal Blanc was named "Best Dry White Wine" at the Mid-Atlantic  Southeast Wine Competition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  In  addition, Gray Ghost won 3 Platinum and 6 Gold at the Virginia Wine  Lover Magazine Wine Classic.  The Petit Verdot, Gewurztraminer and  Seyval Blanc were all Platinum medal winners.


In  Texas, the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay won Double Gold  honors at the Tasters Guild Consumer Wine Competition.  To earn a Double  Gold medal, wines are first awarded Gold by an initial panel of  judges.  Then the wine is submitted to a larger panel of judges where  every judge must rank it Gold in order to earn Double Gold status.


Gray  Ghost uses wine competitions to compare its wines to top producers  around the world.  For the 14th consecutive year Gray Ghost surpassed  the 100 medal mark, making it the most awarded Virginia winery.  Of the  102 medals earned in 2016, Gray Ghost took "Best of Class" honors, three  Double Golds, one Platinum and 22 Golds.  Every Gray Ghost wine was  awarded Gold or higher in 2016.


Gray Ghost Begins and Ends Year on Top!
Posted: January 26, 2016


For  the first time ever, Gray Ghost began and ended the year with Double  Gold medal wins!  Gray Ghost kicked off the 2015 wine competition season  with a Double Gold on the Reserve Chardonnay at the Florida State Fair  International Wine Competition and finished the year with a Double Gold  on the Adieu at the Grand Harvest Awards in California.  To earn a  Double Gold medal, wines are first awarded Gold by an initial panel of  judges.  Then the wine is submitted to a larger panel of judges where  every judge must rank it Gold in order to earn Double Gold status.


In  addition, for the 13th consecutive year Gray Ghost surpassed the 100  medal mark.  The 2015 competition season represented Gray Ghost's  highest achieving year of top awards.  Of the 102 medals earned, there  were three Best of Class awards, three Double Golds, one Platinum and 24  Golds.


WUSA Channel 9 News interviews Al and Cheryl Kellert of Gray Ghost Vineyards for an update on the 2015 growing season
2015 Growing Season


Gray Ghost Takes Top Awards from California to Florida!
Posted: May 3, 2015



Gray  Ghost's new release 2014 Adieu earned Gold and was named "Best of the  East Coast" at the Consumer Wine Awards in Lodi, California!  A unique  wine competition, the Consumer Wine Awards is judged solely by wine  enthusiasts!


Closer to home, Gray Ghost's 2013 Reserve Chardonnay  took top honors at the Florida State Fair International Wine  Competition when it was awarded Double Gold status.  For a wine to score  Double Gold in a competition, it must receive a unanimous vote of Gold  by every participating judge.  This award marks the 12th for Gray  Ghost's new release Reserve Chardonnay and it comes on the heels of four  consecutive Silver medal wins in California.


Gray Ghost Takes "Best of Class" in California!
Posted: February 5, 2015


Gray  Ghost Winery begins the 2015 competition season winning Best of Class  and Gold for the 2013 Vidal Blanc at the San Diego International Wine  Competition!  Gray Ghost has medaled the 13 consecutive years it has  entered this competition, a competition dominated by California wine  entries.  Gray Ghost's Reserve Chardonnay also took home Silvers in both  the San Diego International and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine  Competitions.


Found in 1983, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine  Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world.   An elite panel of 63 judges representing trade, education, media, retail  and restaurants judged a world-record breaking 6,417 wine entries, from  more than 28 states.  The San Diego International had over 1500 entries  from 14 countries.


Gray Ghost Featured at National Conference!
Posted: November 3, 2014


Al  and Cheryl Kellert, Gray Ghost owners and winemakers, will be making  their fourth appearance as presenters at the American Wine Society's  National Conference.  Representing winemaking in Virginia, they will  cover the history of winemaking in the Commonwealth, the current  expansion of the industry and culminate with a tasting of Gray Ghost  wines.


This year's conference will be held in Concord, North  Carolina the first weekend of November.  As industry veterans and one of  Virginia's oldest wineries, the Kellerts are honored to be selected to  again represent the wine industry in Virginia.


Gray Ghost Bringing Home the Gold!
Posted: October 6, 2014


Gray  Ghost swept back-to-back competitions bringing home five gold medals!   Gray Ghost earned four golds at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine  Competition held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Gold medal honors  were bestowed on the 2013 Cabernet Franc, 2013 Gewurztraminer, 2013  Vidal Blanc and Victorian Red.  This is the sixth Gold medal win for  Gray Ghost's 2013 Gewurztraminer!  Gray Ghost also brought home three  silvers and one bronze.


On the heels of the Mid-Atlantic  Southeastern Wine Competition, Gray Ghost's 2013 Vidal Blanc took Gold  at the 19th Annual Tasters Guild Consumers' Wine Judging held in Port  Aransas, Texas.  Gray Ghost brought home a total of 14 medals in these  competitions, bringing its year-to-date total to 89 medals, including 13 Golds!


Gray Ghost Takes Gold and Sweeps Three Competitions!
Posted: May 21, 2014


Gray  Ghost's 2013 Gewurztraminer continues to bring home top honors, winning  Gold medals at three consecutive competitions, the Pacific Rim  International in California, the Finger Lakes International in New York  and the Tasters Guild International in Michigan!  In addition to the  Gold medals, Gray Ghost swept all three competitions, bringing home a  total of seven Silver medals and four Bronze medals.


The  Gewurztraminer grape found its origins in Germany and is grown  extensively in New York, Oregon and Washington states.  For a Virginia  Gewurztraminer to be awarded Golds on both coasts, in wine regions known  for producing internationally acclaimed Gewurztraminer, is a major  accomplishment.


Gray Ghost produces its Estate-grown spicy white  wine with a hint of sweetness on the finish.  It pairs beautifully with  Asian cuisine and turkey.  Gray Ghost made 105 cases and released the  wine Mother's Day weekend.


With these recent announcements, Gray Ghost wines have earned 32 medals since the beginning of the year!


Gray Ghost Strikes Gold in California!
Posted: April 3, 2014


For  the fourth consecutive year, Gray Ghost struck Gold at the Monterey  International Wine Competition held in Monterey, California!  Gold  honors were bestowed on the 2013 Gewurztraminer, the only "dry"  Gewurztraminer to be awarded in the competition.


This  announcement follows on the heels of a Silver medal win on the Reserve  Chardonnay at the International Eastern Wine Competition, held in  California.  In addition, Gray Ghost swept the Florida State Fair  International Wine Competition and the Virginia Governor's Cup  competition earning Bronze medals on every wine entered.


With these recent California announcements, Gray Ghost wines have won 10 medals since the beginning of the year!


Gray Ghost Tops Multiple Competitions!
Posted: September 12, 2013


Gray  Ghost received top honors at three consecutive competitions, taking  home "Best in Class", Platinum and Gold awards.  Gray Ghost's 2012  Gewurztraminer won "Best in Class" honors at the Indy International Wine  Competition, with the highest rated Gewurztraminer in the competition.   Gray Ghost's 2011 Reserve Chardonnay won Platinum at the 2013 Virginia  Wine Lovers Wine Classic competition.  In addition, Gray Ghost's seven  Golds and two Silvers made the winery one of the highest rated Virginia  wineries in the entire competition.  Gray Ghost has swept the Virginia  Wine Lovers Wine Classic competition every year it has entered!


Gray  Ghost also received Gold on the 2011 Ranger Reserve, Silver on the  Gewurztraminer and four Bronze medals at the Atlantic Seaboard Wine  Competition.  The recent medal announcements brings Gray Ghost's 2013  total awards to 76.


Four Golds on Gray Ghost New Release!
Posted: June 20, 2013


Gray  Ghost's 2012 Adieu has already medaled 11 times, including four Golds  and eight California awards in advance of its June 29 and 30th scheduled  release!  Gray Ghost's Adieu has garnered more awards prior to its  release than any other wine in Gray Ghost's 19 year history.  Top awards  include Gold medals at the San Diego International and Monterey  International, both held in California as well as the Finger Lakes  International in New York and the Lone International in Texas.   Additional highlights include awards at the Los Angeles International  and San Francisco International.


Gray Ghost Strikes Gold in California!
February 4, 2013



Gray  Ghost Winery begins the 2013 competition season winning Gold for the  2011 Adieu (late harvest Vidal Blanc) at the San Francisco Chronicle  Wine Competition!  This is the eighth consecutive year Gray Ghost has  medaled in a competition dominated by California wine entries.  Gray  Ghost's Vidal Blanc and Reserve Chardonnay both took home bronze.


Founded  in 1983, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest  competition of American wines in the world.  An elite panel of 63 judges  representing trade, education, media, retail and restaurants judged a  world-record breaking 5,500 wine entries, a number that maintains the  competition's status as the largest competition of American wines in the  world.  The competition took place at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds  in Sonoma County, California this January.


Gray Ghost "Best in Class" in California!
October 10, 2012


Gray  Ghost's 2011 Adieu took "Best in Class" and Double Gold honors at the  2012 International Women's Wine Competition held in Sonoma, California  September 18 and 19.  In a competition dominated by California wine  entries, Gray Ghost's dessert wine surpassed all other Late Harvest  entries to capture top honors!  To receive a "Double Gold" status, every  judge must award the wine Gold.


The International Women's Wine  Competition evaluated over 860 wines from around the world and awarded  only 27 Double Gold, 73 Gold and 268 Silver medals.  Gray Ghost also  took silver honors for the 2011 Gewurztraminer.


The announcement  brings Gray Ghost's Adieu to a total of 22 medals in 2012, those awards  include "Best in Class", "Best Dessert Wine" and seven golds.  Eleven of  the awards were received in California wine competitions.


Gray Ghost Captures 11 Golds and "Best Dessert Wine" Honors
August 31, 2012


Gray  Ghost swept four wine competitions in the past two weeks, earning 35  medals including "Best Dessert Wine" and 11 Golds!  This recent  announcement brings Gray Ghost's year-to-date total at 113 medals.  This  is the 10th consecutive year Gray Ghost has topped the 100 medal mark!


"Best  Dessert Wine" honors were bestowed on the 2011 Adieu at the 2012  Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition held in Winston-Salem, North  Carolina.  The Gewurztraminer, 2010 and 2011 Reserve Chardonnays took  home Gold.


Gray Ghost also earned five Golds at the 5th Annual  Virginia Wine Lover Magazine Wine Classic held in Virginia Beach.  Gold  medal winning wines were the Reserve Chardonnay, Ranger Reserve, Adieu,  Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Franc.  Gray Ghost won five silver medals in  this competition as well.


Gray Ghost's 2011 Adieu took Gold at  the Indy International Wine Competition and the 2009 Reserve Cabernet  Sauvignon took Gold at the Wine Lovers of Tasters Guild Consumer Judging  in Washington, D.C. a competition judged solely by consumers.


"Our  emphasis has always been on quality," stated Al Kellert, Gray Ghost  owner and winemaker.  "We feel that the medals reflect this and also  helps to establish Virginia as a wine growing region which has finally  come of age."


Gray Ghost Winery at the Head of the Class!
June 29, 2012



Gray  Ghost Winery won "Best in Class" honors and gold on the 2011  Gewurztraminer, as well as gold on the 2010 Reserve Chardonnay in  California's NextGen International Wine Competition held June 4-6!   Wines were judged from a field of 750, with only 63 gold medals  awarded.  AS a result of these top awards, Gray Ghost's Gewurztraminer  and Reserve Chardonnay will be featured in upcoming issues of Vineyard  and Winery Management Magazine and 7X7 Magazine.


The Annual  NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine drinkers was designed  specifically for the Millennial consumer group and is the only  competition judged strictly by wine professionals in the 21-35 age  group.


Gray Ghost Strikes Gold in California, Takes 10 Medals Total
April 3, 2012


Gray  Ghost's 2011 Vidal Blanc captured gold at the 2012 Monterey Wine  Competition held in King City, California making it a featured wine at  the upcoming 19th Annual Monterey Wine Competition Grand Tasting in  May!  The Adieu was awarded silver at Monterey.


Gray Ghost's  Adieu also took gold at the Consumer Wine Awards in Lodi, California,  making it one of only 16 non-California wines to take gold!  Gray  Ghost's 2010 Reserve Chardonnay and 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon took  silver while the Riesling won bronze.  The Consumer Wine Awards at Lodi  is unique in that it is the only California-based wine competition  utilizing only consumers to evaluate entries.  Only 8% of the winning  wines were from wineries outside of California!


The San Diego  International awarded the Adieu and Reserve Chardonnay silver medals,  while the San Francisco Chronicle Competition awarded the Adieu silver  and the Reserve Chardonnay bronze.


With these recent California  announcements, Gray Ghost wines have won 24 medals since the beginning  of the year, 10 were earned in California!


Gray Ghost Takes 6th Gold Medal in California, 18th Overall!
January 13, 2012


Gray  Ghost was awarded a Gold medal on the 2010 Chardonnay in the National  Women's Wine Competition held in California in November!  In a  competition dominated by California entries, Gray Ghost's Chardonnay was  one of only two Chardonnays awarded Gold medal status!  This is the  sixth Gold medal awarded to Gray Ghost wine in California in 2011, 18  Golds awarded overall for the year.  With this award and Gray Ghost's  2010 Adieu taking silver, Gray Ghost completed the 2011 competition  season having garnered 128 medals in international national and regional  wine competitions.


Gray Ghost Food Drive Nets 1,500 Pounds!
January 13, 2012


Thanks  to the generosity of friends, neighbors and customers, Gray Ghost  Winery is delighted to report that 1,500 pounds of food was collected in  its annual December food drive!  In addition to food, $500 of monetary  donations also was made.  This marks the fifth consecutive year of  surpassing the 1,000 pound mark!  All food was donated to the Culpeper  Food Closet to help replenish shelves after the holiday season.  Gray  Ghost wishes to thank everyone who gave so selflessly this holiday  season.


Gray Ghost Awards Top 100, 9th Consecutive Year

December 7, 2011


Gray  Ghost Vineyards captured thirteen awards this fall to bring its  year-end total awards to 126!  This is the 9th consecutive year Gray  Ghost has surpassed the 100 medal mark.  Gray Ghost's fall awards  include 8 medals at the 2011 Wines of the South Competition in Tennessee  and 5 medals at the 2011 American Wine Society Competition in  Rochester, New York.  Gray Ghost's winning wines were the Reserve  Chardonnay, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Adieu, Ranger  Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Gewurztraminer and Victorian White.


Gray Ghost Winery Breaks 100!

September 12, 2011


Gray  Ghost Winery swept four recent competitions including collecting nine  Double Gold and Gold medals to bring its total awards to 103 in 2011 to  date!  Recent announcements include a Double Gold for the Reserve  Chardonnay in the Indy International Wine Competition held in July.   Double Golds are only bestowed on those wines that receive a Gold  ranking by every judge.  Over 2,500 wines were entered in the Indy  International, one of the country's largest wine competitions.  Gray  Ghost took silvers on the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Adieu and Seyval  Blanc in the same competition.


Gray Ghost took five Golds at the  4th Annual Virginia Wine Lover Magazine Wine Classic held in early  summer.  Gold medal winning wines were the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon,  Ranger Reserve, Adieu, Gewurztraminer and Vidal Blanc.  Gray Ghost also  received five silver medals and two bronze in that competition.


The  Virginia State Fair will feature Gray Ghost's Gold-medal winning  Reserve Chardonnay and Vidal Blanc in September.  Gray Ghost won 10  medals including Gold on the Adieu at the 16th Annual Wine Lover of  Tasters Guild Consumer Judging held in Washington, DC in August.


This milestone represents the 9th consecutive year Gray Ghost has surpassed the 100 medal mark!


Gray Ghost Featured at National Wine Blogger's Conference

July 21, 2011



Gray  Ghost wine will be featured at the 4th Annual North American Wine  Blogger's Conference in Charlottesville, July 22 - 24.  Gray Ghost's  2011 Adieu was one of only 11 wines selected from the Commonwealth of  Virginia to be served at the National Wine Blogger's Grand Finale Dinner  on Saturday evening.  Gray Ghost owners and winemakers, Al and Cheryl  Kellert will be in attendance to present the Adieu.


The North  American Wine Blogger's Conference is the premier conference for new  media and the wine industry.  In its fourth year, it is a three-day  symposium bringing attendees a unique opportunity to learn about and  discuss the intersection of wine with the world of new media including  blogging, social media and more.  Previous conferences have been held in  Sonoma and Napa, California and Walla Walla, Washington.


Kellert Honored at Governor's Mansion

July 21, 2011


At  the invitation of Governor and Mrs. Robert F. McDonnell, Cheryl  Kellert, co-owner and co-winemaker at Gray Ghost, attended a reception  honoring Women in Business held at the Executive Mansion on July 18.   Mrs. Kellert was presented a certificate "For her vast achievements,  leadership in the community, and character and dedication as a Woman in  Business in the Commonwealth of Virginia."


Cheryl Kellert, along  with her husband Al, established their vineyard in 1986 and converted an  abandoned horse farm into one of Virginia's most recognized and awarded  wineries.  Gray Ghost Vineyards celebrated its 17th anniversary of  opening on July 9.


Gray Ghost Takes Fifth California Gold!

June 30, 2011


For  the fifth time this year, Gray Ghost has won Gold in California!  Gray  Ghost's 2010 Adieu was one of only 290 wines to win Gold at the 31st  Annual San Francisco International Wine Competition held June 17-19th.   The largest and most influential international wine competition in  America, this year's competition garnered 4,184 entries from 1200  wineries representing 29 countries and 20 states.  As a top medal  winner, Gray Ghost's 2010 Adieu will be featured in the August issue of  The Tasting Panel  Magazine.  Gray Ghost's 2009 Reserve Chardonnay and  2010 Gewurztraminer were also medal winners, resulting in a sweep in San  Francisco.


This announcement comes on the heels of Gray Ghost  taking five medals at the Lone Star International Wine Competition in  Texas.  The Adieu, Gewurztraminer and Ranger Reserve took silver, the  Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc both won bronze.


California Awards Gray Ghost's Vidal Blanc Gold!

June 15, 2011


The  72nd Annual Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition  awarded Gray Ghost's 2010 Vidal Blanc gold in May!  Gray Ghost's Adieu,  Riesling and Reserve Chardonnay were also recognized with silver and  bronze awards.  Dubbed the Granddaddy of wine competitions and one of  the country's five largest competitions, this year's competition  received 3,117 entries from 913 wineries representing 17 countries.   Gray Ghost was one of only 432 wines to capture gold in this prestigious  competition.  This announcement totals 49 awards for Gray Ghost in 2011  to date, 19 of which have been awarded in California wine competitions.


Gray Ghost Takes Two Golds in California!

April 27, 2011


Gray  Ghost's 2010 Adieu and 2010 Vidal Blanc won gold medals at the 26th  Annual Pacific Rim International Wine Competition held in San  Bernardino, California in April!  This year's competition brought over  1400 entries from 300 wineries across ten countries.  As gold medal  winners, the Adieu and Vidal Blanc will be poured at the five-day  National Orange Show Festival in May!  This news comes on the heels of a  silver medal win at the San Diego International Wine Competition also  held in April.  Gray Ghost has won a total of 13 medals to date in 2011,  11 in California and three of which are golds!


Gray Ghost Captures Gold, Sweeps 3 California Competitions!
April 1, 2011


Gray  Ghost's 2010 Adieu captured Gold at the 2011 Monterey Wine Competition  held in King City, California!  As a result of this award, the Adieu  will be featured at the 18th Annual Monterey Wine Competition Grand  Tasting held in May!


In addition to these honors, Gray Ghost  swept two additional California competitions.  At the Grand Harvest  Awards in Healdsburg, the 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Cabernet  Sauvignon and 2009 Reserve Chardonnay all medaled.  In a competition  dominated by California wine entries, Gray Ghost's limited production  2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($40) received the same ranking as  blockbuster California Cabernet producer's ZD 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon  ($125).


At the Consumer Wine Awards in Lodi, the 2009 Reserve  Chardonnay took silver and the 2010 Riesling and 2007 Reserve Cabernet  Sauvignong took bronze.  The Consumer Wine Awards at Lodi is unique in  that it is the only California-based wine competition that only utilized  consumers to evaluate entries. 


Gray Ghost Gold at Governor's Cup
Posted:  September 28, 2010


Gray  Ghost's 2009 Adieu took Gold at the Virginia Governor's Cup wine  competition!  The Governor's Cup is Virginia's premier wine competition,  receiving two hundred white wine entries from across the state (red  wines are judged in the winter).  Gray Ghost's Adieu was one of only 16  Gold medals awarded! 


Governor and Mrs. Robert F. McDonnell  invited Al and Cheryl Kellert, Gray Ghost owners and winemakers, to  attend a reception in Honor of the Virginia Wine Industry at The  Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia the beginning of October.  This  invitation was extended to Gray Ghost in honor of the Gold medal-winning  Adieu. 


Gray Ghost to Present at National Wine Conference
Posted: August 5, 2010 


Al  and Cheryl Kellert, owners and winemakers of Gray Ghost Vineyards and  Winery in Amissville, Virginia will represent the Commonwealth of  Virginia as speakers at the 43rd National Conference of the American  Wine Society in Cincinnati, Ohio in November.  This is the third year  the Kellerts have represented Virginia in this national conference.   This annual conference features prominent American and international  speakers conducting seminars and lectures on all aspects of wine  appreciation, wine production, grape growing and cuisine.  Representing  the most awarded winery in Virginia, the Kellerts will present the  history of grape-growing and winemaking in the Commonwealth and then  lead a tasting of Gray Ghost's internationally awarded wines. 


The  American Wine Society is a national, non-profit, consumer-oriented  organization devoted to educating people on all aspects of wine.  Its  members include wine experts, novices, grape growers, amateur and  professional winemakers, chefs, wine educators and restaurateurs.  There  are currently over 5,000 members from the United States, Canada and 11  other countries in more than 110 AWS chapters. 


Gray Ghost Strikes Gold in San Francisco!
Posted: June 29, 2010

 

Gray  Ghost's 2009 Adieu took Gold at the 30th Annual San Francisco  International Wine Competition held June 18-20th.  The largest and most  influential international wine competition in America, this year's  competition garnered over 3,500 entries.  As a top medal winner, Gray  Ghost's 2009 Adieu will be featured in the August issue of The Tasting  Panel Magazine.  Gray Ghost's 2008 Reserve Chardonnay took its fifteenth  medal of the year by winning bronze at the San Francisco International.  


This announcement comes on the heels of Gray Ghost sweeping  both the Los Angeles Wine and Spirits Awards in California and the Lone  Star International in Texas, taking a combined 12 medals on every wine  entered in those competitions.  Gray Ghost has won 52 medals to date in  international wine competitions in 2010! 


Gray Ghost Takes Gold, Coast to Coast!
Posted: June 1, 2010

 

Gray  Ghost's 2009 Adieu took Double Gold at the Amenti del Vino  International Wine Competition held in Groton, Connecticut May 15!  Only  7 wines took Double Gold from the 346 entries.  A Double Gold medal is  only awarded when every judge ranks the wine Gold.  This is the second  competition this year where Gray Ghost has received Double Gold status.   Gray Ghost's 2008 Reserve Chardonnay, 2008 Chardonnay, 2009 Riesling  and 2009 Vidal also medaled in the Amenti del Vino.

 

On the West  Coast, Gray Ghost's 2009 Riesling struck Gold at the 2010 Riverside  International Wine Competition in Temecula, California, May 5-7!  Silver  medals went to Gray Ghost's 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009  Adieu, while the 2009 Vidal Blanc took Bronze.  This is the seventeenth  medal for Gray Ghost's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the second  consecutive California competition that Gray Ghost rated above  blockbuster California producer Cakebread, which scored a Bronze on its  $56 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. 


Gray Ghost was the only Virginia  winery to medal in both the Riverside International and Amenti del  Vino.  These nine awards come on the heels of three additional medals at  the National Women's Wine Competition in California, where every wine  is judged solely by women in the wine industry.


 

Gray Ghost Strikes Double Gold!
Posted: May 14, 2010 



Gray  Ghost's 2009 Vidal Blanc struck Double Gold and the Merlot Gold at the  23rd Annual Tasters Guild International Wine Competition held April  28-May 1 in Grand Rapids, Michigan!  Only 45 wines of 2,200 entries were  designated "Double Gold" by the 30 member judging panel, meaning Gray  Ghost's Vidal Blanc scored in the top 2% of entered wines.  In order to  receive double gold status, every judge had to rank the wine gold!  The  June edition of Tasters Guild Journal will include Gray Ghost's 2009  Vidal Blanc along with the judges' tasting notes.

 

The judging  panel consisted of wine writers, retailers, winemakers, restaurateurs  and experienced consumers.  They evaluated wines from 10 countries and  32 states/provinces with 40% of the wines being randomly selected for  reevaluation and verification of medal accuracy. 


Gray Ghost's  eight medals made it the most awarded Virginia winery in the  competition.  Additional Awards included silvers on the Adieu, Reserve  Cabernet Sauvignon and Ranger Reserve and bronze awards for the Reserve  Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gewurztraminer.


Gray Ghost Wins More California Competitions!
Posted: March 30, 2010


On  the heels of Gray Ghost's Silver medal win in San Francisco, Gray Ghost  took five more medals in California wine competitions!  Gray Ghost's  limited production 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded Silver at  the Grand Harvest Awards in Santa Rosa, California.  In a competition  dominated by California wineries, Gray Ghost's 2006 Reserve Cabernet  Sauvignon ($40) received the same ranking as blockbuster California  producers: Cakebread 2006 Dancing Bear Ranch ($106), Trefethen 2006  Cabernet Sauvignon ($50) and Parallel Napa Valley Estate 2006 Cabernet  Sauvignon ($125). 


Gray Ghost then swept the Consumer Wine Awards  at Lodi!  Gray Ghost's 2009 Adieu took Silver, while the 2009 Riesling,  2009 Vidal Blanc and 2008 Reserve Chardonnay also medaled in the  competition.  The Consumer Wine Awards at Lodi is unique in that it is  the only California-based wine competition that only utilizes consumers  to evaluate entries.  Gray Ghost was recognized for all wines entered. 


"We  are thrilled with these awards, as we use International competitions as  the barometer for wine quality.  To take a Silver in California with  California judges for a 100% Virginia grown and produced Cabernet  Sauvignon is a tremendous accomplishment and speaks volumes about the  quality and value that can be found in Virginia," commented Al Kellert,  owner and winemaker at Gray Ghost.

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