“By making this wine vine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt.” ~Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was passionate about the fruit of the vine. In fact, he tried to make wine for more than 30 years at his Charlottesville estate and never produced a single drop. America’s first wine connoisseur saw tremendous promise in this fertile land and lifelong dream of making Virginia a world class wine destination is finally being realized two centuries later.
So, why not pay tribute to the grandfather of American wine this Thanksgiving by toasting with a fabulous glass of Virginia wine.
Last week, I highlighted 12 wines under $30 from across the world that deserve a place at your Thanksgiving table. This week, it’s all about paying respect to some great Virginia wines.
Go support your local wine merchant and Virginia farmers this holiday season with these great selections. I included some of the local shops that carry some of these wines. If you can’t find it, ask your wine merchant to order it for you. Also, keep in mind that many restaurants in the area also sell wine to-go. All wines on this list retail for under $35.
Chatham Vineyards “Steel” Chardonnay (Available at Grape & Gourmet)
Michael Shaps Chardonnay (Available at Grape & Gourmet)
Michael Shaps Viognier (Available at Let’s Talk Wine & Zoes Restaurant)
Jefferson Viognier (Available at Zoes Restaurant)
Veritas Viogner (Available at Zoes Restaurant)
Ankida Ridge Pinot Noir (Ask your wine merchant to order)
Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve (Available at Yiannis Wine Shop)
Pearmund Cellars Cabernet France (Available at Yiannis Wine Shop)
Early Mountain Merlot (Available at Let’s Talk Wine)