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Williamsburg Winery’s 2010 Adagio Awarded 2014 Governor’s Cup

VA Governor Terry McAuliffe tonight awarded the 2014 Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup to The Williamsburg Winery’s 2010 Adagio, a blended red wine.

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Speaking at the Governor’s Cup awards ceremony, Governor McAuliffe said, “I am honored to award the Governor’s Cup to The Williamsburg Winery, one of Virginia’s oldest and most prolific wineries.  It is no secret the Commonwealth’s wine industry has experienced tremendous growth both in quantity and quality in recent years.  Such growth has an enormous impact on Virginia in terms of economic development and job creation.  The Virginia Governor’s Cup, now recognized as one of the nation’s most stringent competitions, helps to raise awareness of the world class wines grown and blended right here in the Commonwealth.  My congratulations to The Williamsburg Winery for their long history of success and their most recent notable contribution to the Virginia wine industry."

The Williamsburg Winery’s Adagio is a blend of 42% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 28% Petit Verdot. Aged in French, American and Hungarian Oak, the ratio is  43% new oak, 14% one year old oak; 29% two year old oak; and 14% three year old oak. The winemaker’s tasting notes are as follows: The 2010 Adagio is a very bold upfront wine with loads of jammy fruit.  The blackberries and blueberry notes are accentuated with some elegant mature darker fruit such as figs, dates and prunes.  There is a hint of spice (warm cinnamon) with molasses and soy.  The earthy notes come across with a touch of nuttiness.  The oak is very integrated into the weight of the wine and the tannins are smooth and graceful. The wine has a wonderful finish that lasts for quite awhile.

"It is very satisfying and very humbling to be with my peers and the others who have won the Governor’s Cup.  The 2010 Adagio was unbelievable, exceeding all expectations for quality, and it was nice for Adagio to get that recognition,” said Matthew Meyer, vice president and winemaker of The Williamsburg Winery.  "Adagio, from the Italian ad agio, or ‘at ease’, is a musical term indicating the tempo of a composition that is meant to be slow and stately, so named in honor of the extraordinary depth, elegance and grace of this wine."

The 2014 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition was conducted over three weeks of preliminary tastings, held at the Capital Wine School in Washington, D.C.  The final round of tastings was held at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond in early February. The Governor’s Cup award winner was selected from the 2014 Governor’s Cup Case. The top 12 scoring wines of the competition, The Governor’s Cup Case, were selected from 410 entries of both red and white wines, from 96 wineries.

The Williamsburg Winery is located on Wessex Hundred, a 300-acre farm located in Virginia’s Historic Triangle.  The winery has experienced continuous growth through an expanding portfolio of wines. The introduction of the 2007 Adagio was the culmination of a single-minded goal to produce the highest quality wines in the world. This is the second Governor’s Cup for Williamsburg Winery. The winery won in 1989 for its 1988 Chardonnay.

"Winning the Governor’s Cup is a testament to Matthew’s talent and to the dedication of our entire team, whose focus is on excellence in wines made 100% from Virginia grapes. Our goal is to grow as a leader in the industry, developing wines that reflect the character of our Commonwealth, neither Californian or European, but displaying elegance and interesting flavors," said Patrick Duffeler, president and CEO, The Williamsburg Winery.

In addition to awarding Williamsburg Winery’s 2010 Adagio the 2014 Governor’s Cup, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore was named Wine Person of the Year for his contributions to this rapidly growing sector of the Commonwealth’s economy.

Sales of Virginia wine reached a record high in fiscal year 2013 with more than 511,000 cases, or more than 6.1 million bottles, sold. Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with 250 wineries. Virginia is also tied with Texas as the nation’s fifth largest wine grape producing state. According to a recently released economic impact study, the Virginia wine industry employs more than 4,700 people and contributes almost $750 million to the Commonwealth’s economy on an annual basis.

For a complete list of previous Governor’s Cup winners and information about the Virginia wine industry, please visit the Virginia Wine Marketing Office http://www.virginiawine.org/governors-cup/awards/ or call 804-344-8200.

Sams Club is coming to Williamsburg VA

Sam’s Club will be joining Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, JCPenney and Best Buy at  the Marquis shopping center in upper York County

Sam's Club will be joining Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, JCPenney and Best Buy at  the Marquis shopping center in upper York CountyYork County  recently approved  a 250,000-square-feet expansion to the center making room for Sam’s Club, as well as a gas station and restaurant.

 

The developer  plans to build out the site for Sam’s Club and a few other retailers first, then move behind the current commercial parcel to break ground on a housing development that will include:

193 single-family detached homes , 157 town homes, and 300 apartments

The detached homes and townhomes should be ready for sale in early 2015. Prices for the single-family homes will range from $350,000 to $450,000. The townhomes are projected to sell in the $225,000 to $275,000 range.

Three other retailers have  signed leases at the Marquis — a 55,000 square foot specialty goods retailer, a national brand fast casual dining restaurant and a national fast food restaurant.

James River power lines win OK by Va. regulators

State regulators on Tuesday approved the construction of a high-voltage transmission line over the James River that critics contend will be an eyesore near some of Virginia’s most important historic sites, including Jamestown.

The State Corporation Commission acted on a request by Virginia Dominion Power to construct an 8-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission that would cross 4.1 miles over the James and include as many as 17 towers.

In its ruling, the commission acknowledged the concerns of opponents but said the project is “necessary to continue reliable electric service to the hundreds of thousands of people who live and work across this broad region of Virginia.”

The commission approved the so-called Surry-Skiffes Creek project. It includes the overhead transmission line from a Dominion switching station in Surry County to a new switching station in James City County in the state’s Tidewater region. It also would include a 230-kilovolt transmission line through James City and York counties, the city of Newport News and ending in Hampton.

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York County Supervisors OK addition of 650 homes to Marquis shopping center development

The York Board of Supervisors approved a pair of proposals expanding the footprint of a shopping center in upper York County.

Developers of The Marquis, located off Interstate 64 and Route 199 near Water Country USA, asked the supervisors to add 200,000-square-feet of retail space to the existing 127-acre commercial parcel for a national club discount store, gas station and restaurant. In another request, developers asked to rezone the lower, undeveloped portion of their property to allow for a 650-unit residential development.

The board unanimously approved both requests, despite concerns from its planning board, which did not favor the residential development.

The planning commissioners voted 4-1 against the rezoning, saying developers were trying to accomplish too much with too little land. They voiced objections to the lack of recreational facilities, the small lot sizes and the potential impact to the schools.

During Monday night’s meeting, developer Todd Interests added additional recreational facilities including tennis courts and bike paths, increased the distance between buildings and offered a seven-acre site for a potential school or that could be sold by the county for an estimated value of $2 million.

The shopping center has struggled financially since its start in 2005. The current developer, Todd Interests, purchased the shopping center in 2011 after a previous owner went bankrupt.
Williamsburg attorney Greg Davis, who represents Todd Interests, told the supervisors the new plans are the key to revitalizing The Marquis.

“The state of The Marquis, as well you know, has been abysmal for the last four years,” Davis said. “A successful Marquis requires this national anchor tenant.”

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Ferguson to pay for 5300 field trips to Colonial Williamsburg

Ferguson has partnered with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to fund educational field trips for approximately 5,300 Peninsula fourth graders. The field trip lessons correspond with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). The grant covers the cost of admission and transportation to Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City for all fourth graders in the Gloucester, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and York County public school systems during the 2013-14 academic year.

Ferguson also funds Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trips, Emmy-award winning live internet events and television broadcasts for grades 4-8. Approximately six million students nationwide view an Electronic Field Trip each year.

"Ferguson is committed to providing and enhancing educational opportunities for students," said Ferguson CEO Frank Roach. "Colonial Williamsburg is a great learning venue right in our own backyard. As a company, we are honored to be able to provide students with the chance to experience it firsthand."

"Our core mission is to use history as a means of teaching our youth to become responsible, contributing citizens in society," said Colin Campbell, President and CEO of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. "We are thankful and thrilled that Ferguson has partnered with us to enable our local school districts to discover that Colonial Williamsburg has to offer. The Ferguson Cares program, the company’s community engagement program, is a superb example of community involvement and corporate responsibility."

Wal Mart Neighborhood Market in Williamsburg Now Hiring

Are you searching for a job? There are 95 new positions opening up in Williamsburg, VA this fall.

The new Walmart Neighborhood Market is scheduled to open at Settlers Market near New Town and they are hiring both full-time and part-time employees.

If you’re interested, applications are being accepted from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

If hired, get ready to start working in July to help with the store’s grand opening.

If you want to apply click here or visit the hiring center at 731 E. Rochambeau Drive.

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W&M ranked #1 Undergraduate B-School for Marketing

imageAccording to the 2013 Bloomberg Businessweek Best Undergraduate Business-Schools ranking, the  College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business is the best in the nation for marketing,

Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed class of 2013 undergrad business students about the full range of their business school experience, from getting in to getting a job. One section of the survey singles out specific aspects of the business program and asks the students to grade them on a scale from A to F

Within the business curriculum, marketing majors at Mason have a wide variety of both core courses and electives to choose from, including new classes that look specifically at “Creativity & Innovation” and “Sustainability Inspired Design.” Both courses are taught in what is called the Design Studio, a teaching space that looks more like an industrial workshop or art studio than a classroom. Students sit on stools at makeshift tables and take notes and brainstorm on rolling whiteboards.

This classroom design reflects the way marketing is taught at Mason. Instead of approaching the area from a traditional textbook/lecture format in the classroom, marketing courses are experiential, with students engaging in semester-long simulations and working on projects with local clients. In the “Marketing Research” course, for instance, students conduct field research for local businesses through focus groups and online surveys, and then present their findings. Recent projects included a look at the market position of a new pub in town, the customer experience at a popular campus coffee shop, and understanding the behaviors of moviegoers.

Outside of class, many marketing students are members of the Student Marketing Association, which hosts industry speakers, consulting projects, job and internship search workshops, and an annual marketing networking trip to New York to visit companies and alumni in the marketing and advertising industries.

 Washington University’s Olin Business School and the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce round out the top three.


Top TEN Undergraduate Business Schools for Marketing

1. William & Mary (Mason) 1.132
2. Washington U. (Olin) 1.153
3. Virginia (McIntire) 1.154
4. Pennsylvania (Wharton) 1.176
5. Loyola – Maryland (Sellinger) 1.177
6. Cornell (Dyson) 1.190
7. Florida International (Landon) 1.207
8. Arkansas (Walton) 1.209
9. Elon (Love) 1.210
10. Michigan (Ross) 1.214

 

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