Silver Hand Meadery Receives Two Silver Medals From Virginia Governor’s Cup

 In Mead Awards

What an honor to be awarded not one, but two silver medals from the Virginia Governor’s Cup!

We submitted our two eligible meads that are crafted using Virginia ingredients and received a silver medal for each!  Virginia Moon features Virginia Wildflower honey. Dream By The Fire features freshly pressed Virginia apple cider and Virginia Wildflower honey.

From the Virginia Wine Website:

In 2017, over forty world-class judges will sample just over 490 of the best Virginia Wines from 102 Virginia Wineries. The highest 12 ranking red & white wines will become the Governor’s Case and will be highlighted along with all gold medalists at the Virginia Governor’s Cup Gala on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017.

What does a silver medal mean? Quite simply, a very good wine! The judges look for:

  • Appearance: clear or dull, color, intensity, other visual observations
  • Aroma: descriptors as to clean or faulty aromatics, fruit, floral, vegetal, spice, oak, chemical, animal, and intensity
  • Flavor: dry, off dry, etc. RS, character of the alcohol, acidity, body, tannin, oak, fruit, floral, vegetal, spice, oak, chemical, animal, and intensity
  • Overall Quality
  • Commercial Suitability

If you don’t live in the area, you can order our mead online.

For a full list, view the 2017 Governor’s Cup Results.


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